is the Scotland editor for Burke's Peerage, the
British and Irish genealogy specialists, said: "Flora was and
still is a popular name in the West Highlands. There may be
families who are MacDonalds, but not necessarily the
MacDonalds of Kingsburgh. But there is a Flora in every
generation and so it enters family tradition. I am afraid that
most of these probably will not stand scrutiny of the records.
Some, of course, will be related to Flora MacDonald as she
will have hundreds of descendants."
While most of
MacDonald's children were in Britain at the time of her death,
Peskett says there is every possibility that subsequent
generations may have moved to America. He says: "Floras life
illustrates an important point about the movement of
Highlanders to the New World. It was not 'one way'. Many came
back and for some families generations have crossed the
Atlantic both ways."
editor in chief of Debrett's, the genealogy experts, said:
"There is a good chance that she will have hundreds, if not
thousands of descendants, even if she only had two children.
She lived 250 years ago and that means there have been about
eight generations since, and that makes a lot of descendants.
dismiss out of hand those who claim ancestry on the basis of
the oral history of the family either. While records in
America are intact from colonial days, many records in Europe
are incomplete, due to wars and other such disturbances,"