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Alexander (1922-2014) was a son of Neil Macdonald and Alexina Smith, 9 Habost.
In 1949, at Church of Scotland, Kinloch, he married Annie Etta Macleod, 9b Laxay. Alexander and Annie Etta settled at 9 Habost and they had two daughters.
He took over his uncle's shop from 1 Habost and moved it to his own croft, from which he also ran a butcher's van for 25 years, until 1974. While he was in the Air Force 1942-45, serving in New Delhi and South Africa, his sister Caluminag looked after the shop.
After he sold the shop Alexander must have decided he was too young to retire, and he worked another 13 years for Charley Barley's butchers in Stornoway before finally hanging up the apron.