In Scotland, all coats of arms belong to a single person. The coat of arms typically attributed to clan MacNeil belongs solely to the current chief of the clan. A depiction of the coat of arms is painted in the Great Hall of Kisimul Castle in Castlebay, Barra, Scotland.

This coat of arms is divided into quarters:
Upper Left: Lion Rampant (mimicking the Royal Standard of the King of Scotland)
Upper Right: Castle in the water (symbolizing Kisimul Castle in Castlebay)
Lower Left: 3-masted ship (Representing either the seafaring nature of the clan or the migration of the clan from the Ulster, Ireland to Barra, Scotland
Lower Right: Red Hand of Ulster surrounded by nine shackles
representing Niall of the Nine Hostages

Surrounding the Coat of Arms:
Crest: a Rock (same as on the clan badge)
Chapeau: Red velvet cap lined with ermine, symbolic of a Baron
Helm: Height of the Helmet is determined by rank
Mantle: Fabric surrounding the Arms
Supporters: Two lions rampant
Compartment: The base of the Arms, made of Dryas
flowers (the clan badge)

Heraldry Arms Granted to MacNeil, McNeill,
Macneal, MacNeile Families

             Barra                                                                                      Colonsay & Gigha


West Highland Heraldry


              Barra                                                                                 Colonsay & Gigha

Barra Badge crest_big


Dryas Flower

The original clan badges were morely plants worn in bonnets or hung from a pole or spear. The Dryas flower belonged to Barra, Colonsay and Gigha.


Ancient                                                                                           Modern


Barra Ancient Tartan modern

                                                     Colonsay & Gigha    
         Colonsay Ancient Tartan Colonsay Modern Tartan


Isle of Barra                                                         Scotland-St. Andrew




Royal Banner of Scotland