Clan Macneil (of Barra)

Basic Info.

Macneil Clan Crest

Macneil of Barra Clan Crest

Macneil of Barra

Crest: On a chapeau Gules furred Ermine, a rock Proper
Motto: Buaidhi no bas (To conquer or die)
Badge: Dryas
Lands: Barra
Historic Seat: Kisimul Castle
Origin of Name: Gaelic, MacNèil (Son of Neil, champion)
Clan Chief: Roderick Wilson Macneil of Barra

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Macneil of Barra Tartan

MacNeill of Barra Modern

Macneill of Barra Modern

Macneil of Barra Clan tartan

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Clan History



Macneill of Barra History

This clan claims descent from Niall, a descendent of Aodh O’Neill, a king of Northern Ireland at the beginning of the eleventh century. Niall came to the island of Barra in the Outer Hebrides around 1094 and is commonly held to be the first chief of the clan.

Barra itself is thought to take its name either from St. Fionnbharr, the founder of Cork, or from St. Barr, the great-grandson of Niall of the Nine Hostages – a famous king of Ireland.

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Clan Lands

Macneil Lands

MacNeill of Barra Map

Macneill of Barra Map – from Gill Humphrys’ Clan Map of Scotland

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MacNeill of Colonsay

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