Perthshire Scotland > Scottish Clans & Families > MacNeish

MacNeish is a sept of the Clan MacGregor who once occupied the lands to the west of Loch Earn. Clan MacNeish were based at Loch Earn Castle on Neish Island off St Fillans.

As the power of the MacNeishs, along with their MacGregor cousins, diminished in the 16thC they were reduced to plundering the surrounding countryside and then retreating to their island fortress.

In 1612 they raided the MacNabs whose lands lay to the north around Loch Tay.

'Smooth' John MacNab decided to end this lawlessness by a daring attack involving carrying a boat over the mountains in order to attack in complete surprise. They stormed the castle and killed the chief of the MacNeishes and most of his clan. The MacNab crest has a depiction of the dead MacNeish chief's head.

 

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