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Margaret, known as Maggie or Peggy, was born in 1872, the daughter of Murdo MacLeod and Ann Munro, cottars on 1/2 Ruisgarry (Sandhill). She became a weaveress and married Neil MacAskill in 1904. Together they were to have five children. By 1908 they were living at Rhuvanish, where Maggie worked as a wool spinner.
At the time of the 1911 census, Neil was away from home, and Maggie was shown as head of a household which included her 8 month old daughter Marion and 13 year old niece Mary MacAskill. In 1924 the family moved to 5 Cheesebay.