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Mary, born 1828, was the daughter of John MacDermid and Marion Nicholson of Ruisgarry. The family emigrated to Loch Lomond, Cape Breton sometime after 1841. It was at West Bay that Mary married Donald Shaw, who had also emigrated from Berneray. They made their home in Richmond County with their five children: Alexander, Sarah, Christy, John and Jessie.