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View Record Number 185 - Mgr. Neil MacKellaig

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Name:Mgr. Neil MacKellaig
Address:Fort William & Daliburgh
Argyll & South Uist
Originally from:Morar, Argyll
Place of death:Edinburgh
Date of funeral:13/04/1982
Funeral Location:St. Peter's RC Church, Daliburgh
Presider:Canon John MacLean
Occupation:Catholic Priest
Additional Info:Mgr. MacKellaig was Parish Priest in Daliburgh for 33 years. He was Parish Priest of Bornish for 7 years. After retiring in 1980, he moved to Fort William where he lived until the time of his death. During his time in Daliburgh, Mgr. MacKellaig was a local councillor for a period of years. He also received an O.B.E. from the Queen.
The following was written in the St. Peter's Parish Church newsletter by Canon John MacLean in April 1982:
"The sad news came late on Friday night that Mgr. MacKellaig had died. May his soul have peace. There is no need to extol his qualities or his work in the southern part of Uist for the past forty years or so, nor would he himself desire it. You yourselves are well aware of what he did, spiritual and temporal, because it was among you that he engaged his work. His remains will come to the church on Monday morning at 5.30am and Mass will be offered for him on Monday evening at 8pm, and the funeral Mass will be at 11 am on Tuesday morning. May he receive the reward of his labour."

On Tuesday, April 13th, the funeral took place St. Peter's of Mgr. Neil. His remains had arrived in Uist early on Monday morning on the Oban ferry, having been accompanied on his last journey to Uist by Bishop Colin MacPherson, his brother and Mgr. Wynne from Oban. His remains were taken to St. Peter's where Mass was offered for the repose of his soul on Monday evening. Mgr. Neil's Requiem Mass on Tuesday was concelebrated by Bishop MacPherson, and a large representation of the priests of the diocese, many of whom had travelled from the mainland. The Bishop paid tribute to Mgr. Neil for his years of dedicated service in the Priesthood, especially during his 40 years in Bornish and Daliburgh. After Mass, Mgr. Neil's remains were driven to Hallan, where a lament was played on the pipes by P/M Roddie Gillies, and, in keeping with his wishes, Mgr. Neil was laid to rest among the people of Uist, with whom he lived most of his life. At the graveside Fr. Angus MacKellaig expressed a few words of thanks to all who had attended - his own brother and sister and other relatives, the bishop and priests, and the large congregation of Uist people, who paid their respect to one who was regarded by all as a good priest and kind friend. May he rest in peace. On behalf of the MacKellaig family, Monsignor's sister, Mrs Cathie MacKay, wishes to express her thanks and appreciation to all who helped in any way at the funeral - undertakers, piper, choir, those who gave wreathes - and to all the Uist people for their prayers. (Written by Canon John MacLean on 17th April, 1982)
Gravestone Inscription:Mar Chiumhneachan Air
Mgr. Niall MacCeilleic
A Morar
1909 - 1982
Sagart Paraiste
Bhornais 1940 -1947
Dhalabroig 1947 - 1980
"Lux Perpetua Luceat ei"
Additional Grave Info:When translated from Gaelic, the inscription reads:
In Remembrance Of
Mgr. Neil MacKellaig
Of (From) Morar
Parish Priest
Bornish 1940-1947
Daliburgh 1947-1980
"Let Perpetual Light Shine Upon Him" (Inscription translated from Latin courtesy of Fr. Michael MacDonald)
Many thanks to MacIntyre Memorials for the refurbishing of the gravestone inscription in March 2012.

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