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Roderick Macsween (1815-1897) was a son of Angus Macsween and Margaret Campbell; it is not clear where the family were living at the time of his birth.
By 1820 his father is listed as a subtenant at Seaforth Head and the family are settled at 1 Seaforth Head.
In 1826 the family moved to 16 Tong.
He married Lilias Maciver, of 3 Steinish, and they settled at 9 Steinish. There is some indication he may also have lived at 8 Steinish, but it is not clear when.
He appeared before the Napier Inquiry in Stornoway on 9th June 1883 as the oldest crofter in Steinish. He gave details of rents, enclosures of land and the closure of a road to the burial ground used by crofters forcing them to bear coffins over a six foot high wall.