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  • Name of Tartan:
    MacNeil - 1840 (Chief's sett)
  • Alternative Name: Old MacNeil
  • ITI Number: 1839
  • Category: Restricted
  • Designer / Source: Wilsons of Bannockburn
  • Date: 1847
MacNeil - 1840 (Chief's sett)
  • Notes: In the 1930s Robert Lister Macneil of Barra adopted this tartan (165 in DCW's Setts) for himself and his family and it was confirmed in March 2008 that it was still restricted for that sole use. It's interesting that in "Wilson's pattern book 4 (c.1847) it was called 'New MacNeil' as of course it was at that time. It is also interesting to note the inclusion of red which appears in the Highland Society of London sample (c.1816) under the name MacNeil of Colonsay which is assumed to have been an error. In 1997 the Chief wrote: "I have now been told that, without consulting me, a number of members of the Clan macneil have decided to wear the red-strip tartan, after discovering that the Chief had never taken formal steps to restrict its use to his immediate family. I feel strongly that the Clan should have only a single tartan for each branch - Barra and Colonsay - and therefore have no intention of recognising the red-stripe as a Clan macNeil tartan, except for use by the Chief and his immediate family. (I do not intend myself to wear the red-stripe tartan, because I velieve the Chief should wear the same tartan as the Clan.)
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  • MacNeil - 1840 (Chief's sett)
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