reported today,October 17, 2003, that Iain MacNeacail of MacNeacail
and Scorrybrek, passed away at his ocean front home in Ballina, New
South Wales, Australia. He was recognized by the Lord Lyon and
Council of Standing Scottish Chiefs as Chief of the Highland
During his tenure as Chief, Clan MacNicol succeeded is purchasing
130 acres of ancestral land above Portree, Skye and turned it into a
public park. The clan also stablilized Nicholson's Aisle (chapel)
on the Island of Snizort in the River Snizort, Skye, ancient home of
the Metropolitan of Western Scotland where 28 of the clan's chiefs
are buried. The Clan under The MacNeacail's direction also
protected the sarcophagus of one of its former chiefs from
deterioration from exposure to the weather, and contributed to the
building of a footbridge from the village of Snizort to the Island.
The late MacNeacail will be succeeded by his eldest son, John
Nicholson, also of Ballina and is survived by 2 daughters and a
younger son, and a handful of grandchildren. He was preceeded in
death by his beloved wife, Pamela Davis MacNeacail.
Merry Jayne McMichael
Counsellor to the late Chief
Co-Founder of Clan MacNicol Society, N.A.