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Neil Macleod

Neil Macleod

Neil was an illegitimate son of Roderick, the last of the Macleod chiefs of Lewis. After falling foul of the Mackenzies of Kintail (the proprietors of Lewis after Roderick) he held out on the island of Berisay for three years. He was an ally of Donald Cam.

During his time on the island he befriended Peter Love, the captain of the Priam, a pirate ship. Neil eventually betrayed the whole crew to the authorities in Edinburgh, possibly in a bid to secure his own pardon. He was finally forced to surrender when the wives and children of himself and his band were left on a nearby skerry that would be submerged at high tide. Neil was brought to trial in Edinburgh on 30th March 1613, charged with fire-raising, burning, murder, theft and piracy. He confessed to all crimes and was sentenced to be hanged and his head to be struck from his body and set upon a spike above Nether Bow Port. This was carried out in April of that year.

Title: Neil Macleod
Record Type: All Records
Gaelic Name: Niall Odhar
Also Known As: Niall Odhar
Date of Death: April 1613
Occupation: Renegade
Sex: Male
Bk Reference: CEBL 2364
Record Maintained By: CEBL
Subject Id: 36411