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Donald MacAskill, the son of Neil and Marion MacAskill, was born in old Borve in 1828. By 1841, the family were crofting in old Ruisgarry, where Neil obtained croft 4 Ruisgarry - Tarraloch, in 1850. On Neil's death in 1873, croft 4 was divided into two - part 4a Ruisgarry was passed to Donald, and 4b to his brother Peter.
Donald, a crofter and fisherman, married Hannah Ferguson in 1859, and they had seven children together. Donald also became guardian to his grand-daughter Marion MacAskill, whose mother had died in childbirth.
The croft was passed to eldest son James.