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Ann was born in 1859, the youngest child of Norman MacKillop and Catherine MacCusbic of Lamerick.
She became a domestic servant, working for grieve Neil MacDonald for a time. In 1885 she married tailor Archibald MacLeod, originally from 5 Balmartin. They were to have seven children together, making their home and running their business at a new house at Pol an Oir. By 1891 Ann was working as a tailoress, and in 1911 as a wool spinner.
Her grandson Donald MacKillop, recalls on page 58 of his book Coille an Fhàsaich that:
'She .. was a small woman, but she was very hardy.'