Flora MacLeod of MacLeod

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Dame Flora MacLeod of MacLeod

Dame Flora MacLeod of MacLeod op Dunvegan Castle, een kasteel dat toebehoort aan, Bestanddeelnr 252-0170.jpg
Dame Flora MacLeod of MacLeod (1934)
Flora Louisa Cecilia MacLeod

(1878-02-03)3 February 1878
Died4 November 1976(1976-11-04) (aged 98)
Resting placeClan MacLeod burial ground, Kilmuir, Dunvegan, Isle of Skye, Scotland
ResidenceDunvegan Castle, Isle of Skye, Scotland
Known forThe Dame Flora MacLeod of MacLeod Trophy for Open Piobaireachd
Spouse(s)Hubert Walter (m. 1901- 1933; his death)
Parent(s)Sir Reginald MacLeod (father)
RelativesStafford Northcote (grandfather)

Dame Flora MacLeod of MacLeod, DBE (3 February 1878 – 4 November 1976) was the 28th chief of Clan MacLeod. Dunvegan Castle in Skye is the 800-year-old MacLeod family seat.

Early years[edit]

Flora Louisa Cecilia MacLeod was born at 10 Downing Street, London, in 1878, the home of her grandfather Sir Stafford Northcote, who was then Chancellor of the Exchequer[1]

In 1901, she married Hubert Walter, a journalist at The Times, with whom she had two daughters, Joan, Mrs Wolrige-Gordon, and Alice MacLeod. Hubert Walter died in 1933.[2]

Her mother was Lady Agnes Mary Cecilia Northcote and her father, Sir Reginald MacLeod, became chief of the Clan MacLeod in 1929. She was elected President of the clan's society and went to live with her father at Dunvegan Castle in Skye, where she became a county councillor for Bracadale.[3]

As the MacLeod clan chief[edit]

Widowed in 1933, and upon the death of her father in 1935, Flora MacLeod of MacLeod (as she would be thenceforth known) inherited the estate and was recognised as 28th Clan Chief. Years later, to raise income, she opened Dunvegan Castle to tourists, turning it into a popular tourist attraction.[4] Following World War II she travelled widely, establishing Clan MacLeod Societies throughout the British Commonwealth.


She was created a DBE in 1953. She lived at Dunvegan Castle until 1973 before moving to Ythan Lodge in Aberdeenshire, where she died in 1976, aged 98. She is buried in the traditional Clan MacLeod burial ground at Kilmuir, near Dunvegan.[5]


MacLeod's grandson, John MacLeod of MacLeod (born John Wolrige-Gordon) succeeded her.[6] His son, Hugh MacLeod of MacLeod is now the 30th Chief of the clan.


The Dame Flora MacLeod of MacLeod Trophy for Open Piobaireachd has been presented, since 1969, to the best bagpiper at the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games in North Carolina, USA.[7]


Coat of arms[edit]

Her coat of arms

Her coat of arms are described thus:

I and IV azure a castle triple towered and embattled argent masoned sable windowed and porched gules and II and III gules three legs in armour proper garnished and spurred Or flexed and conjoined in triangle at the upper part of the thigh.
Crest and mantle
Upon a torse Or and azure, A bull's head cabossed sable horned Or between two flags gules staves sable, the mantling azure double Or.
Two lions reguardant gules armed and langued azure each holding a dagger proper


  1. ^ Biodata, scran.ac.uk; accessed 29 March 2016.
  2. ^ "Hubert Walter". New York Times. 22 December 1933. p. 21. Retrieved 8 March 2015.
  3. ^ Kelly, John Davidson (2004). "MacLeod, Dame Flora Louisa Cecilia". Oxford dictionary of national biography. Oxford: Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/57013. Retrieved 20 January 2017.
  4. ^ Tours by Dame Flora MacLeod
  5. ^ Profile, thepeerage.com; accessed 29 March 2016.
  6. ^ Notice of death of John MacLeod of MacLeod, telegraph.co.uk; accessed 29 March 2016.
  7. ^ The Dame Flora MacLeod of MacLeod Trophy for Open Piobaireachd, clanmacleodusa.org; accessed 29 March 2016.

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