MacNeil Crest & Coats of Arms

MacNeil of Barra Clan Crest

Crest Description: On a chapeau Gules furred Ermine, a rock Proper

MacNeil of Barra Coats of Arms

A note on Coats of Arms:
Under Scottish heraldic law a coat of arms is awarded to an individual (with the exception of civic or corporate arms) . There is no such thing as a ‘family coat of arms’ The arms represented below are personal arms (with the above exceptions). Only the individual granted these arms has the right to use them.  for more information see our pages on heraldry here:


MacNEIL of Gigha
Quarterly: 1st and 4th, Azure, a lion rampant, Argent, armed and langued, Gules; 2nd, Argent, a sinister hand, couped, fesseways, in chief, Gules, and in base, wavy, Azure, a salmon, naiant, of the first; 3rd, Or, a lymphad, her oars in saltire, Gules, on a chief, of the last, three mullets, of the first.

MacNEIL of Barra
Quarterly: 1st, Vert, a lion rampant, Or; 2nd, Argent, issuing from a sea in base a triple towered castle, Proper; 3rd, Or, a lymphad, Sable, sails furled, oars in action, Sable, flagged, Gules; 4th, Or, a dexter hand, erect, couped, within an orle of nine fetterlocks, Gules (for the Niall of the Nine Hostages, High King of Ireland, founder of the O’Neill dynasty).


Kisimul Castle: Clan MacNeil coat of arms

On 27 May 1915, these arms were matriculated in name of Robert Lister Macneil of Barra as Chief of the Name and Arms of Macneil. An American, Macneil bought the Barra estate some years later in 1937 and was responsible for the restoration of the chiefly stronghold of Kisimul Castle. He died in 1970.