1787 Land Grant, John O'Neill ...Main-a-dieu, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada
O'Neill's ---Bateston, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada
I created this graphic showing the surnames commonly believed to be descended of Niall of the Nine Hostages. Hopefully it's helpful as you search through your family tree:
Here's page 2 of my Y match list..
Here's my Y match list
The McNeill tradition of Piping continues.
I always assumed that my paternal line originated on the Isle of Barra: at least that is what my father told me. After many visits to Barra, before the PC, I could not find any evidence of this. In 2013 whilst on the ScotlandsPeople webpage I discovered via the Scottish Census for 1851/1861 that my great, great grandfather Alexander McNiel, the spelling of the name at the time, was born in Heylipol Isle of Tiree and baptised 21 December of the same year. A visit to Tiree concluded that Alexander's father was James McNiel and his mother Catharene McLean.