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Roderick was born in 1811, the eldest child of Allan Bàn MacLeod and Ann MacLeod of Sheabie. He married Christina MacLeod and they too made their home in Borve, probably in the Sheabie area. Together they had seven children. Roderick was a farmer, carpenter and boat builder.
In the early 1850s, Roderick obtained croft 21 Ruisgarry (Ben Leva), obtaining croft 22 a few years later. His grand-daughter Christina recalled how, when he had no money or animals and was likely to lose his croft, he borrowed a cow and money from his wife's relatives in Daliburgh. A sound recording of her recollections can be found here on the Tobar an Dualchais website.
Following Roderick's death (from measles), crofts 21 and 22 were passed to his son Neil.