Outlander: Meet Flora MacDonald

Bonnie Prince Charlie & Flora MacDonald

Our questions about the context of the #BonnieComeback in Outlander‘s season 6 seem to be answered with the following tweets by actress Shauna MacDonald who revealed she will play Scottish heroine Flora MacDonald on the show.

In A Breath of Snow and Ashes, Diana Gabaldon’s 6th novel in the Outlander series, main characters Claire (Caitriona Balfe) and Jamie (Sam Heughan) are invited to a barbecue at River Run, the plantation of Jamie’s wealthy Aunt Jocasta (Maria Doyle Kennedy). Guest of honour is none other than the “Heroine of the Highlands” Flora MacDonald.

“Flora MacDonald, the woman who had saved Charles Stuart from the English after Culloden, dressing him in her maid’s clothes and smuggling him to a rendezvous with the French on the Isle of Skye, was a living legend to the Scottish Highlanders, and her recent arrival in the colony was the subject of vast excitement, news of it coming even as far as the Ridge.”

(Source: Diana Gabaldon – A Breath of Snow and Ashes, Chapter 53 “Principles”)

Shauna MacDonald’s tweet seems to confirm that we will see Aunt Jocasta’s barbecue, which is the perfect opportunity to show Flora’s connection to Bonnie Prince Charlie (Andrew Gower) through flashback scenes.

In another tweet, Shauna MacDonald also thanked director Christiana Ebohon-Green, who directed episodes 6×04 “Hour of the Wolf” and 6×05 “Give me Liberty“. Taking this into consideration, we are pointing a speculative finger at one of these two episodes that will see our #BonnieComeback.