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Founders Trail Memories.Harry McNeil.

Harry McNeil was the older brother of our Founders Moses and Peter. He has the distinction of having played for the Rangers in our first ever game v Callander in May 1872 on Fleshers Haugh. He would play for the Club again during the 1880's and was a member of the Rangers Ancients team, along with the likes of Tom Vallance,who played many exhibition and charitable matches. Harry would go into a business partnership with his brother Peter their H+ P McNeil sports good premises were a feature on both Union Street and Renfield Street Glasgow from the mid 1870's until 1896. Once he'd hung up his boots Harry was to run the Royal Hotel in Bangor County Down. He was still attending Ibrox cheering on his beloved Rangers during the early1920’s, Harry lived long enough to see us from day one on Fleshers Haugh, into Ibrox and Rangers playing in front of huge attendances. Harry McNeil passed in 1924.

In 2015 our research led us to Harry’s Great Grandchildren Ann Law and Archie Stewart and sadly his unmarked grave in Rutherglen Cemetery, Also buried there are Harry’s Brother in Law Andrew Park and his daughter Annie Robertson McNeil Scott.

The Club by way of supporting our Restoration of Rangers Graves Project agreed to purchase a stone for Harry McNeil’s final resting place,this was put in place at a dedication service in 2016. Ann and Archie were guests of the Club at Ibrox and both remain good friends of the Founders Project.

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Jun 09, 2020

Thank you once again for giving me and the Rangers supporters further information on the McNeil brothers and may I take this opportunity to compliment you all on the work of restoring or purchasing headstones for those “in the Rangers family”.

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