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