NameWilliam (Old Speaker) MacNeill
Birth PlaceCavendish, PEI
Death PlaceCavendish, PEI
Notes for William (Old Speaker) MacNeill
Born in Cavendish. Married Eliza Townsend (1788-1859) daughter of
Capt. James Townsend. They made their home on the Townsend land
called Park Corner. Eliza's father, Capt. James Townsend was in the
British navy. He had received a large grant of land in P.E.I. for
service to his country. This land , Park Corner, was named after the
family estate in Berkshire, England.
William MacNeill was a many of many parts - a law clerk in Halifax
and a ship builder in French River before his marriage. He later was
a school teacher, a farmer and a politician. He was a member of
legislature from 1814-1834, speaker of the House of Assembly and know
later as "William the Speaker" or "Old Speaker Macneill".