This book, is available on Amazon. It’s just a photocopy of an old, out of print work, but it contains some interesting information on names of historic characters and houses on the regions of the Hebrides, Sudureys and Man. One of the names that caught my eye was Thorkel son of Niel (sic) who was a leader of the Manx. This is around 1100 to 1200 period. I’ve not been able to find any other information on this Thorkel but I did find this on Google. The Manorial “Roll of the Isle of Man, 1511-1515 Isle of Man, William Cubbon · 1924 · Isle of Man ...Thorkel son of Neil, I. 45)”. In the commentary section, Johnstone writes “I am apt to think the M’Niels of Barra are descended from this Niel.” In any event, I thought it worth passing on.
Jennifer Gregory, Which MacNeills are you looking for? Do you have any names. I have attached a document showing MacNeills on Lot 4 close to 3. We also have to keep in mind that MacNeills Road ran through Lot 3. If you could give me some more information I maps I can share as well.
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.