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Mary MacAskill was born in 1873, the daughter of bard Malcolm MacAskill and Ann MacAulay of Baile. She became a domestic servant and married yachtsman John MacLeod of Backhill in April 1900. Tragically, he drowned a few months later, in October of that year. Their son John was born in May 1901.
Mary took up dressmaking, (her mother was a sewing mistress), and she and her son stayed with her parents for a time. She later moved to Leverburgh.
Two poems composed for Mary by her father are published in Orain Chaluim.
Title: Mary MacAskill
Record Type: People
Gaelic Name: Màiri Chaluim Iain
Date of Birth: 14-07-1873
Date of Marriage: 05-04-1900
Occupation: Domestic Servant; Dressmaker
Bk Reference: CEBH 1091
Record Maintained By: CEBH
Subject Id: 72037