The story of Robert Lister MacNeil, a distinguished 80 year old American architect who learned as a child that he was the Chief of the Scottish Clan MacNeil. At 17 Mr. MacNeil, who now lives in Brattleboro, Vermont, visited his ancestral home on the tiny island of Barra in the outer Hebrides. He found a medieval castle in ruins owned by a London land-holder who was not a MacNeil. The young chief devoted the next 30 years and his life savings in acquiring the MacNeil estate. He then then spent 33 years restoring it. Barra is now an Historical Monument.
Silver Medallion for Excellence from the International Film and TV Festival of New York (1969), National Broadcast Media Award (1970)
Made possible by a grant from the MacNeil Foundation
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