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John, born c1852, was a son of Malcolm and Catherine nee Mackay who moved from Laxay to 8 Breaclete. A fisherman, he was one of the three men who stood trial for The Bernera Riot .
In 1879 he married Mary Macdonald from 4 or 16 Tobson and lived in Tobson until the early 1890s when the family moved to Stornoway. They had six children whilst they lived in Tobson.