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About us

Traditionally, all MacNeils descend from forebears who lived on a small number of islands in the Hebrides, off the west coast of Scotland, especially the island of Barra, and other points to the south, notably Colonsay, Gigha and the Taynish-Kintyre area. The islands have had a long history of settlement, first by the people of Dalriada and then by the Norse Vikings, this history is evident in the results obtained by participants.
This project began in September 2004 and testing is now available. Vince MacNeil ( and Alex Buchanan ( will be pleased to answer your questions.