If you are a Neish, then you must go and visit your ancestral homeland in Scotland. If you live there already, then you will know what I am talking about. I went to Scotland for a visit back in 2001.
Developers are having a hard time in St Fillans on Loch Earn, anscestral home of the Neishes. Ancient stories and legends are preventing developer from having their way in this part of Scotland. In particular, moving ancient stones is said to bring bad luck and might even kill the fairies.
This article (http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2-1881612,00.html#) has the details and even mentions the Neish legend.
My Gran has a bible which records births, deaths and marriages going back to 1739. I thought this could be of interest to others and the best place to allow people to find this stuff is on the web. Some bits I couldn’t read; I’ve put that stuff in [square brackets]. I’ve probably made some spelling mistakes or misintepreted the handwriting too. Feel free to drop me a note if you find any relatives on this list!
The name Neish goes back to Scotland and has some interesting history associated with it – especially the conflicts with Clan McNab. I visited this region in 2001 and it is a wonderful part of the world. It was great visiting Loch Earn and seeing Neish Island.
I’ve always read that Neish is a sept of the Clan MacGregor, but there is another opinion says that it comes under McInnes. My branch of the Neish family came to Australia in the Gold Rush in the 1850s and settled in Wahgunyah on the Victoria / NSW border. I’ve got some family trees that I am databasing and I’ll put those on line as soon as I get them done. Major surnames are: Neish, Watson, Goosetrey and King. Feel free to contact me if you want to know anything further..