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Neil was born in 1874, the son of Donald MacLeod and Christina Shaw of Backhill. In 1900 his father obtained the croft at 5 Borve, to which the family moved. Neil worked as a fisherman and yachtsman.
In 1909 he married Kate Effie MacLeod of 9 Borve. Together they had a son, Malcolm. Kate Effie passed away in 1919.
Neil’s second wife was Catherine MacLeod of 24 Borve, whom he married at the Kyle of Lochalsh on 14th February 1931. Together they were to have four children, living at 10 Backhill.