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The Restoration of Rangers Graves Project. Ann Law and Archie Stewart.

The Restoration of Rangers Graves Project. Ann Law and Archie Stewart.

A few years ago we had the absolute pleasure of meeting the Great Grandchildren of Harry McNeil, Ann Law and Archie Stewart.

Sadly Ann was taken from us last year but she asked her brother Archie that a donation be made to the Restoration of Rangers Graves Project.We’d like to thank both of them for their humbling and overwhelming generosity.

Ann and Archie’s parents are pictured with Founder Moses McNeil while visiting him at Rosneath.

Harry McNeil.

Harry McNeil was the older brother of our Founders Moses and Peter.

He has the distinction of having played for our Club in it’s first ever game v Callander in May 1872 on Fleshers Haugh.

Harry 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.

During the 1870’s 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. He 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 were 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 remained good friends of the Founders Project. Archie still attends and supports our Founders events.

The worldwide Rangers family thanks you both sincerely for your kind and generous donation.

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28 de nov. de 2021

Rest in peace Harry & Ann.

We are blessed with the finest history of any football club in the world bar none. Eternally grateful to Gary Ralston and all contributors to the book for bringing that history to us all. WATP.

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