Meggy MacIntosh had a gentle manner and an adventurous spirit inherited from her father who had fought for Prince Charlie.
But there was no adventure in Edinburgh where Meggy was the neglected ward of her titled uncle. So she ran away to North Carolina to find her heroine, the celebrated Flora MacDonald.
Meggy reached Wilmington in March 1775, only to find the Colony in an uproar with talk of war and freedom, and Flora MacDonald more than a hundred miles away in the back country. Meggy rode to the back country, found the highlanders and at last saw clearly that her way was not theirs.
The story of Flora MacDonald and the Highland clansmen in America, so little known outside the State of North Carolina, is one of the most romantic and fascinating episodes of that period of American history.
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