MACNEIL CLAN
macgrail sept of  macneil clan

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There are many spelling variations for the Clan MacNeil surname. Mac and Mc are interchangeable. (Mac in Gaelic means "son of"). Included are families (known as Septs) with different surnames from the original Clan name. Throughout the centuries, surnames have continued to “develop” often leading to astonishing variants of the original MacNeil spelling.

Those families who acquired their names through marriage or from other families combining with the clan are true Clans people.  The MacNeil Clan Crest which, all members are entitled to wear, is from the crest on the top of the Clan MacNeil Chief’s “Coat of Arms”.  The complete MacNeil Coat of Arms is displayed only by the Clan Chief and passes down directly to his eldest son. The wearing of your Clan MacNeil Chief’s Crest, is a way of honoring your Chief, your Clan association and your Scottish Family Ancestry. 

We make this range of Clan MacNeil Crest Jewelry and Clan MacNeil Crest as your link to your Scottish bloodline.                          

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MACNEIL CLAN History
MACNEIL CLAN

 

Clan Chief:               The 26th Chief, is Ian R. MacNeil of Barra.

Origin of Name:       Gaelic name,Mhic Neill (Son of Niall "champion")

Gaelic Name:            Mhic Neill

Clan Crest:              A rock rising from a velvet cap

Clan Motto:              Vincere vel mori (To conquer or die)          

Lands:                        Barra.

 

Clan MacNeil, standing proud as one of the fiercest of all island clans, claim descent from Niall, grandson of the king of Ireland, who settled the Outer Hebrides island of Barra in the mid 11th Century. According to MacNeil tradition, however, the origins are somewhat earlier. There is a famous story, known throughout Scotland, of the MacNeil chief being offered a place on Noah's Ark, only to decline by succinctly stating that the great MacNeil had their own boat! However, the Clan's strength of unity was no mere fable. 

The MacNeil Chiefs are notable in Scottish history for the caring treatment of the members of the Clan - taking the impoverished elderly into their own household, replacing the cattle of crofters when fortunes deprived them of their stock, and even finding widowed Clan members new partners. This sense of pride, stemming from the proud legacy of the Clan MacNeil, ensured that they stood firm in the face of any hostility, and quickly earned its reputation as a turbulent Clan.


The warlike nature of the MacNeils is exemplified in one early 17th Century Chief, Ruari the Tatar (or Turbulent), being regarded as the last of the Vikings after habitually conducting longship raids from the Barra Castle of Kisimul. This "hereditary outlaw" led King James VI to order that the fierce Clan MacNeil be destroyed, root and stem, in 1610. Few, however, were up to this job, and with characteristic loyalty to the King, the MacNeils themselves captured Ruari, placed him in chains, and delivered him to the King. This innate sense of fealty to the Crown of Scotland have led the MacNeils to be an honoured clan in the volumes of Scottish history.
MacNeils have fought in many of Scotland's battles, from the famous Battle of Bannockburn in 1314 (for which the MacNeils received lands in Kintyre by way of reward), to supporting the Stuart monarchs in the Civil War, and the Jacobite Rising of 1715. The MacNeils' efforts did not go unrewarded, with the MacNeil Chiefs receiving a Crown charter erecting all the lands of Barra into a free barony in August 1688. The Clan seat on the island of Barra was bought back by the MacNeils in 1937, after being alienated for almost a century, & the ancient Kisimul Castle restored.

The 26th Chief, a Professor of Law, is Ian R. MacNeil of Barra.

The MacNeil Clan Crest is a rock rising from a velvet cap and the proud MacNeil clan motto boldly states, “Vincere vel mori” meaning (To conquer or die).

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Septs/Spelling Variations of MACNEIL CLAN
MACGOUGAN of MACNEIL CLAN    MACGRAIL of MACNEIL CLAN    MACGUGAN of MACNEIL CLAN    MACGUIGAN of MACNEIL CLAN    MACNEAL of MACNEIL CLAN    MACNEALE of MACNEIL CLAN    MACNEILAGE of MACNEIL CLAN    MACNEILL of MACNEIL CLAN    MACNELLY of MACNEIL CLAN    MACNIEE of MACNEIL CLAN    NEAL (E) of MACNEIL CLAN    NEIL (L) of MACNEIL CLAN    NEILSON of MACNEIL CLAN    NELSON of MACNEIL CLAN    NIEL (SON) of MACNEIL CLAN    MCNIEE of MACNEIL CLAN    MCNELLY of MACNEIL CLAN    MCNEILL of MACNEIL CLAN    MCNEILAGE of MACNEIL CLAN    MCNEIL of MACNEIL CLAN    MCNEALE of MACNEIL CLAN    MCNEAL of MACNEIL CLAN    MCGUIGAN of MACNEIL CLAN    MCGUGAN of MACNEIL CLAN    MCGRAIL of MACNEIL CLAN    MCGOUGAN of MACNEIL CLAN