Archibald Macneil of Colonsay

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Colonel Archibald Macneill 5th laird of Colonsay (fl. 1773–1805), was a Scottish laird who served as an officer in the British Army during the Napoleonic Wars.[1][a]


Macneill was the son of Donald McNeill, 4th of Colonsay (died c. 1773) and Grizel McNeill of Belfast. He succeed as Laird of Colonsay on 12 February 1773.[2][3]

The Argyle Fencibles (1798) was raised by Macneil,[1] who was appointed colonel of the regiment. The name "Argyle", like that of the Perthshire Highlanders, was rather a misnomer, as very few Argyll men entered the regiment. The service of this regiment extending to any part of Europe, it was sent to Gibraltar in 1800, where it remained in garrison until the peace of Amiens (1802), when it was ordered home, and disbanded.[4]

He lived at Colonsay, Argyll,[5] and is "remembered as a popular laird". [6] Macneill died in or after 1805, and was succeeded in the estate by his cousin John Macneill.[b]


Macneill married Georgina, daughter of George, 5th Earl of Granard.[1] They had no children.[6]


  1. ^ Also Archibald McNeill of Colonsay
  2. ^ Sources vary on the reason why John MacNeill succeeded. William Anderson states he bought it (Anderson 1867, p. 53), while Iain Moncreiffe states it was "a special family financial arrangement, afterwards typical of the Colonsay McNeill succession" (Moncrieffe 1976, p. 83). Whatever the reason the estate passed to John Macneill in 1805.
  1. ^ a b c Moncreiffe 1967, p. 83.
  2. ^ Lundy 2008, p. 150 § 61495 cites Mosley 2003, p. 1628
  3. ^ Dobson 2005, p. 106.
  4. ^ Browne 1854, p. 384.
  5. ^ Lundy 2008, p. 6150 § 61495 cites Mosley 2003, p. 1628.
  6. ^ a b Wakehurst 1935, p. 168.


  • Anderson, William (1867), The Scottish Nation: Or the Surnames, Families, Literature, Honours, and Biographical History of the People of Scotland 3, Fullarton, p. 56 
  • Dobson, David (2005), Scottish Highlanders on the Eve of the Great Migration, 1725-1775: The People of Argyll (illustrated ed.), Genealogical Publishing, p. 106, ISBN 9780806352886 
  • Lundy, Darryl (8 August 2008), "Archibald McNeil", The Peerage, p. 6150 § 61495  Missing or empty |title= (help) Endnotes:
    • Mosley, Charles, ed. (2003), Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knightage 2 (107th, 3 volumes ed.), Wilmington, Delaware, U.S.A.: Burke's Peerage (Genealogical Books), p. 1628 
  • Moncreiffe, Ian (1967), The Highland Clans, London: Barrie and Rockliff, p. 83 
  • Wakehurst, Baron John de Vere Loder (1935), Colonsay and Oronsay in the isles of Argyll: their history, flora, fauna and topography, Oliver and Boyd, p. 168 
  • This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Browne, James (1854), history of the Highlands and of the Highland clans: with an extensive selection from the hitherto inedited Stuart papers 4, A. Fullarton and Company, pp. 368–384 

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