MacNeil, John Dan

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MacNeil, John Dan

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  • John Dan Nìll Mac na Bantraich

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      1909-1988

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      John Dan MacNeill, also known by his patronymic, "John Dan Nìll Mac na Bantraich" was born in Barra Glen to parents Neil H. and Mary MacNeil (née MacKenzie). He was regarded as a traditon-bearer, having a great repertoire of stories, songs and general information pertaining to Gaelic culture. He was also a fine fiddler. John Dan married Katherine "Mutsie" MacNeil and moved to Sydney where he worked most of his life as a carpenter. He was one of the founding members of the Gaelic Society of Cape Breton and campaigned tirelessly for the cause of the Gaelic language.

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