There are three good historys of the MacAskill/McCaskills:
1. Alisdair Murray from England has written a history of the MacAskills of Rudh an Dunain with wonderful details of the early years on Skye, complete with battles, MacLeod chieftans stealing other peoples wives...all the fascinating stuff...along with many photographs, drawings, and family trees. The first half is already online with more being added every week.
2. Bill MacAskill of Inverness, Scotland, has written a relatively Short History of the MacAskills who moved north from Skye to Assynt (around Lochinver). He also includes some background of life on Skye and the very early years. You can download a printer-friendly version in Adobe Acrobat format. (Caution: it's 28 pages and a 4 megabyte download.)
3. Finally, Andy and Dixie McCaskill wrote the definitive history of the North Carolina McCaskills, which we are busy converting from paper and placing online.
We also have a New York Times article about the Highland Clearances in Northern Scotland, near Lochinver. "Aye, it's a deeply ingrained feeling here, you must never lose sight of that."
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