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John, born 1816, was the son of John Shaw and Mary MacLeod of Borve. John became a tailor and married Chirsty MacCusbic of Ruisgarry. Together they were to have eight children. During the 1840s the family emigrated to West Bay Marshes, Cape Breton. There, John Shaw taught the Scriptures as well as continuing work as a tailor.
Note: the name of one of their daughters is unknown.