Flora MacDonald

Flora MacDonald. Her family supported the government during the 1745 Rising and Flora claimed to have assisted Charles out of sympathy for his situation, she was arrested and held in the Tower of London but released under a general amnesty in June 1747. She married Allan MacDonald and the couple emigrated to North Carolina in 1773, their support for the British government during the American War of Independence meant the loss of their American estates and they returned to Scotland, where Flora died in 1790. Flora was born in 1722 at Milton on the island of South Uist in the Outer Hebrides and last child of Ranald MacDonald and his second wife Marion, her father was a member of the minor gentry, being tacksman and leaseholder of Milton and Balivanich. Her father died soon after her birth and in 1728, her mother remarried Hugh MacDonald of Armadale, Skye. Flora was brought up by her father's cousin, Sir Alexander MacDonald of Sleat and suggestions she was educated in Edinburgh have not been confirmed.

While some MacDonalds remained Catholic in the Islands, her family was part of the Presbyterian majority. Flora was visiting Benbecula in the Outer Hebrides when Prince Charles and a small group of aides took refuge there after the Battle of Culloden in June 1746. One of his companions, Captain Conn O'Neill from County Antrim was distantly related to Flora and asked for her help. MacDonald of Sleat had not joined the Rebellion and Benbecula was controlled by a pro-government militia commanded by Flora's step-father, Hugh MacDonald; this connection allowed her to obtain the necessary permits but she hesitated, fearing the consequences for her family if they were caught. She may have been taking less of a risk. Passes were issued allowing passage to the mainland for Flora, a boat's crew of six men and two personal servants, including Charles disguised as an Irish maid called Betty Burke. On 27 June, they landed near Sir Alexander's house near Kilbride, Skye. In his absence, his wife Lady Margaret arranged lodging with her steward, MacDonald of Kingsburgh, who told Charles to remove his disguise, as it made him more conspicuous.

The next day, Charles was taken from Portree to the island of Raasay. Two weeks the boatmen were detained and confessed. After Lady Margaret interceded on her behalf with the chief Scottish legal officer, Duncan Forbes of Culloden, she was allowed to live outside the Tower under the supervision of a "King's Messenger" and released after the June 1747 Act of Indemnity. Aristocratic sympathisers collected over £1,500 for her, one of the contributors being Frederick, Prince of Wales, heir to the throne. On 6 November 1750, at the age of 28, she married Allan MacDonald, a captain in the British army and Kingsburgh's eldest son; the couple first lived at Flodigarry and inherited the family estate after Kingsburgh died in 1772. The writer Samuel Johnson, who met her in 1773 during his visit to the island, described her as "a woman of soft features, gentle manners, kind soul and elegant presence", he was author of the inscription on her memorial at Kilmuir: "a name that will be mentioned in history, if courage and fidelity be virtues, mentioned with honour".

Allan MacDonald served in the 114th and 62nd Regiments of Foot during the 1756–1763 Seven Years' War but was a poor businessman. After quarrelling with his clan chief over rent, he and Flora emigrated to Anson County, North Carolina in 1774 where they settled on an estate near Mountain Creek, named'Killegray'; when the American War of Independence began in 1775, Allan raised the Anson Battalion of the Loyalist North Carolina Militia, a total of around 1,000 men, including his sons Alexander and James. En route to the coast for collection by British transports, they were attacked by an American force at the Battle of Moore's Creek Bridge on 28 February 1776 and Allan was taken prisoner. In April 1777, the North Carolina Provincial Congress confiscated Loyalist-owned property and Flora was evicted from Killegray, with the loss of all her possessions. After 18 months in captivity, Allan was released in September 1777. After a harsh winter in Halifax, Nova Scotia, in September 1779 Flora took passage for London in the Dunmore, a British privateer.

She spent the next few years living with various family members, including Dunvegan, home of her son-in-law Major General Alexander Macleod, the largest landowner in Skye after the MacDonalds. The compensation received for the loss of their North Carolina estates was insufficient to allow them to settle in Nova Scotia and Allan returned to Scotland in 1784. Since Kingsburgh was now occupied by Flora's half-sister and her husband and Allan settled on the nearby tack of Penduin, she died in 1790 at the age of 68 and was buried in Kilmuir Cemetery, her husband following in September 1792. They had seven surviving children, two daughters and five sons, two of whom were lost at sea in 1781 and 1782.

Jermaine Lewis (American football, born 1974)

Jermaine Edward Lewis is a retired American football wide receiver who played in the National Football League. He was drafted in the fifth round of the 1996 NFL Draft by the Baltimore Ravens, who he played for until 2001. With the Ravens, he won Super Bowl XXXV over the New York Giants, he played college football at Maryland. In his career Lewis played for the Houston Texans and Jacksonville Jaguars. Lewis attended Eleanor Roosevelt High School, where he was a two-time team MVP as a running back, while as a sprinter on the track team, setting a national high school record in the 200 meters in 1992. Lewis was a four-year starter at Maryland, where he set several ACC records, including a record 193 receptions. Lewis was a track star at Maryland, where he competed in the 100 meters and 200 meters, posting personal bests of 10.33 seconds and 20.82 seconds, respectively. Lewis was selected by the Baltimore Ravens in the fifth round of the 1996 NFL Draft; as a rookie, he established himself as the team's kick and punt returner, as well as their slot receiver.

From 1996 to 2001, Lewis made the Pro Bowl in 1998 and 2001 as a returner. He led the NFL in punt return average in 1997 with 15.6 yards-per-return, punt return yards in 2001 with 519, punt return touchdowns in 1998 and 2000 with two. In the Ravens 34–7 win over the New York Giants in Super Bowl XXXV, he had 152 all-purpose yards, including an 84-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in the second half that put the game out of reach. In the 2002 expansion draft, Lewis was selected sixth by the Houston Texans, carrying a salary cap figure of US$4.29 million. However, he was released by the Texans after just one season, he played for the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2003 and 2004 before being allocated to NFL Europe. Lewis finished his nine NFL seasons with 148 rushing yards, 143 receptions for 2,129 yards, 295 punt returns for 3,282 yards, 4,611 yards on kickoff returns. Overall, he scored 23 touchdowns. With the Ravens, he gained 8,001 all-purpose yards, which stood as a franchise record until surpassed by Jamal Lewis in 2006.

His 3,282 punt return yards ranked him 7th on the NFL all-time list. Most career punt return yards Most career punt return touchdowns Most career punt returns Most career All-purpose yards Most career kickoff returns Lewis has three sons, he had a child named Geronimo, born stillborn in 2000. Lewis has a charity in honor of Geronimo called the Geronimo Lewis Foundation. On August 15, 2011, Lewis was arrested and charged with resisting arrest by the Baltimore County Police Department; the arrest occurred after a run car accident. Lewis was arrested again on February 16, 2012. All-time player page Yahoo Player Page Stats at Pro Football Reference