The Chief of the Clan MacNeil has given his backing to Scottish independence – claiming a Yes vote would deliver a “fairer future” for all.
Unlike many modern-day clan chiefs, Rory MacNeil of Barra still spends much of his time in his ancestral island community.
Mr MacNeil is the 47th chief of clan, and his late father Iain handed over most of his land on Barra to the people of the island, while his famous Kismuil Castle is also open to the public.
Announcing his support for independence yesterday, he claimed voters on the island overwhelmingly shared his stance.
“There is not much doubt about which way most people in Barra will be voting in this referendum,” he said.
“Support for Yes is strengthening, because September 18 is our chance in Scotland for people of all political traditions to choose a more democratic, prosperous, and fairer future for everyone in our country.
“Just as I believe islands like Barra benefit from decisions being made within the community, so I believe the same applies to Scotland as a whole.
“When MacNeils from around the world visit the MacNeil gathering in Barra, they are often surprised Scotland has not taken this step already. Being an independent country is a very normal thing for the rest of the world.
“I am not a member of any political party, and this is a decision every Scot will have to make for himself or herself.
“However, I will be helping out with the Yes campaign over the coming days and look forward to casting my vote for an independent Scotland.”
Angus MacNeil, SNP MP for the Western Isles, said: “As a member of Clan MacNeil I welcome the news of even more support for the Yes campaign, particularly as Rory MacNeil of Barra is a much respected and admired chief.”