After visiting the Museum of Island Life we visited Kilmuir Graveyard. Why visit this graveyard? Well it has several graves of interest.
The main grave is that of Flora MacDonald, it towers above all the others. It has an epitaph written by the notable author Samuel Johnson – who with James Boswell had met Flora in life during their tour of the Highlands. This reads “Her name will be mentioned in history and if courage and fidelity be virtures, mentioned with honour.” Seven other members of her family are also buried here.
Another magnificent grave marker is a carved effigy of a knight in armour that lies close to the very old chapel/burial enclosure at the far end of the main graveyard. This marks the grave of Angus Martin or Aonghas na Geoithe (“Angus of the Wind”). Angus is said to have earned his nickname by insisting on going to sea whatever the weather and he is believed to have married a Danish princess with whom he had seven sons.
A more recent grave in the cemetery is that of the fashion designer Alexander McQueen.