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Scots and Scots Descendant in America
Part V - Biographies
John McNeil


THE late John McNeil was born in Perth, Scotland, July 6, 1842, the son of John and Mary McNeil. He was educated in the High School, Perth; and afterward apprenticed to Hamilton & Hardie, Chemists, Dundee. In 1861 he removed to St. Johnís, Newfoundland, as assistant to the late Thomas MeMurdo, who in 1823 had established the present house of Thomas McMurdo & Company in St. Johnís. In 1870, Mr. McNeil became a partner in the firm, and in 1880, on the death of Mr. McMurdo, succeeded him as head of the business.

Mr. McNeil married Miss Mary McMurdo, daughter of Thomas McMurdo. Their eldest son, T. M. McNeil, is the present head of Thomas McMurdo & Company and the able successor of his father. Mr. Hector McNeil, a half brother of Mr. John McNeil, an auditor of the Reid Newfoundland Company, also resides in St. JohnĎs.


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