Sadly the Covid pandemic has curtailed research on J McNeil but there have been interesting developments. At the time of the 1841 census, timber merchant Rodney McNeil was living in Back Street, Gatehouse with his six sons. His wife Mary Watt, daughter of Andrew Watt, had died earlier that year. Andrew Watt was a lint miller in Skyreburn but also owned number 17 High Street, Gatehouse. Rodney and Mary’s second eldest son was James, born in 1830. The McNeils owned the house which today is 21 Catherine Street. However, the house was sold in 1842 and in that year a Rodney McNeil married in the Isle of Man. It is difficult to search Isle of Man records online so we do not yet know what happened to Rodney. But what happened to his children?