Archibald MacNeill

Origin
Colonsay
Father
Donald McNeill, 4th of Colonsay. He suffered from epilepsy. He told the Jacobite officer who came to ask for their assistance in 1745 that 'as he and his clan were loyal in their allegiance to the Clan Campbell and the British Crown, he could have nothing to do with the expedition.' (4)
Mother
Grizel McNeill of Belfast
Estate
5th laird of Colonsay. He was succeeded in the estate by his cousin John MacNeill: (3) says he sold it, (4) says it was 'a special family financial arrangement, afterwards typical of the Colonsay McNeill succession'. His lairdship was remembered as Colonsay and Oronsay's most prosperous era: he established the crofting district of Kilchattan, and subsidised fireplaces and chimneys in tenants' houses. (4)
Profession
Raised and commanded the 3rd Argyll Fencible Regiment in 1799, and garisonned Gibraltar.
Chapel connection
1798 (baptism)
Married on
1796
Spouse
Georgina Anne Forbes
Children
George (6 July 1798)

Sources

  1. Registers of Charlotte Chapel (NAS CH12/3)
  2. Edinburgh Post Office Directory 1818
  3. L.G. Pine (ed), Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry, 17th edition (London, Burke's Peerage, 1952) p.1663
  4. Iain Moncrieffe, The Highland Clans, revised edition (London: Barrie and Jenkins, 1982)

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