Neil McLennan, an early Scottish-American settler of Texas, was born on the Isle of Skye in Scotland on September 2, 1777, 1778 or 1787, and died in Texas in 1867. McLennan County, Texas was named for him.
In 1801, McLennan and a large group of family and friends emigrated to Richmond County, North Carolina, later moving further south to Florida. The McLennans were Gaelic speakers and Presbyterians. Around 1820, they were invited by Yuchi Chief Sam Story to become the first white settlers in Walton County, Florida. In December, 1834, Neil and his brothers Laughlin and John, along with some of their families and friends, emigrated to Texas, sailing a self-built three-masted schooner from Pensacola, Florida, to the mouth of the Brazos River, where they arrived in March, 1835.
After a short stay at present-day Columbus, Texas, Neil obtained a grant of a league of land at McLennan's Bluff (a mile west of present-day Rosebud, Falls County) in Robertson's Colony in July, 1835, where he and his group settled. Laughlin McLennan and his wife and mother were killed in an Indian raid the following winter, and John was likewise killed in 1838, after which the McLennan group moved to the Robertson Colony's headquarters of Nashville-on-the-Brazos in present-day Milam County.
- Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. U.S. Government Printing Office. p. 194.
- "Neil McLennan," The Handbook of Texas Online.
- "Neil McLennan," Biographical Encyclopedia of Texas, 1880.
- "McLennan's Bluff," The Handbook of Texas Online.
- McKinnon, John Love. History of Walton County. Atlanta: Byrd Printing, 1911. Online version available at this link through the Florida Heritage Collection of the State University System of Florida.
- Middleton, Carol. McLennan genealogy page on her web site, Heritage of the South.