Clan MacNeil in Canada
Who We Are
Clan MacNeil in Canada supports connections and camaraderie for all those who are MacNeils by birth or marriage. This is done via involvement Scottish culture, Gaelic language, Highland Games etc... and is for all those septs including McNeil, MacNeill, O'Neil and many others.
2021 Highland Games Cancelled
3 April 2021
At this time due to COVID-19 restrictions, in person Highland games are deferred to 2022. Hope to see you all then!
Clan MacNeil in Canada has a new treasurer
April 3 2021
Big thank you to Debby for taking on this role. Our treasurer is a vital role that keeps our organization going
April 3 2021
As part of our modernization efforts, we have a new website in 2021! We are excited to offer this to our members.
We are so happy you’re interested in getting involved with Clan MacNeil in Canada.
Board of Directors
The Faces of Our Organization
Vincent “Vince” MacNeil, originally from Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, is the son of Edward MacNeil s/o Hector Raymond “Raymond” s/o Hector Raymond s/o Hector s/o James s/o Malcolm s/o John s/o Rory “The Piper” MacNeil (legendary hereditary piper for the Laird of Barra) and the son of Patsy MacNeil d/o Hector Joseph MacNeil s/o Francis Hector (noted genealogist and local historian from Iona, Cape Breton) s/o Hector Rory s/o Rory Mor s/o Donald s/o Ruairi MacNeil. Rory Mor and his father Donald (of Sandray, Parish of Barra) were two of the four MacNeils who founded Iona, Cape Breton about 1802. Vince is an educator in Halifax, Nova Scotia, a student of Gaelic and currently serves as Clan MacNeil’s genealogist and Newsletter editor. He also administers / co-administers three MacNeil related Facebook groups: Clan MacNeil in Canada, Clan MacNeil of Barra and Barra's People - A Genealogical Interest Page. Vince studies the genealogy of Barra MacNeils no matter where they emigrated in the world and studies all MacNeil families who lived in Nova Scotia. He is co-administrator of the MacNeil DNA project at Family Tree DNA. In addition to the genealogy and genetics of the Clan MacNeil, Vince has studied the language and culture of Barra emigrants in Cape Breton through completion of a thesis entitled A study of Gaelic language and culture in Cape Breton's Barra Gaidhealtachd
Friends of Clan MacNeil
Links to sites useful to Clan MacNeil members