|Birth: ||1837, Scotland|
|Death: ||Jan. 21, 1933, USA|
Mr. Neil died January 21, 1933 after being a resident of the Scottish Home for eighteen years. He was born in Glasgow in 1837 and lived in the United States over forty years. Funeral services were conducted by the Rev. Alfred F. Waldo of the Riverside Presbyterian Church. Reverand Waldo said the following during the service: "It is a far cry, back to the Crimean War; the war of 1854 - 1856 between Russia on the one hand and Turkey with her allies, England, France and Sardinia on the other. Yet this man, John Scott Neil, whose obsequies we respectfully observe this morning, was in that war, a bugler boy with the 49th Highlanders which regiment he joined when he was a lad of about 16. Such service and longevity combine to constitute a truedistinction. Soit is a distinguished man in the presence of whose mortal remains we this morning perform the last rites and perform them with respect, with reverence and with love."
According to his own testimony, Neil fought at Sebastopol. He was wounded twice in the Crimean War and twice more in the Indian Rebellion that followed He told residents at the Home that he was nursed by Florence Nightengale in a field hospital near Sebastopol. He came to Chicago in 1893 and had been confined to bed for eight years after he suffered a broken hip. Interment was in the St. Andrew's grounds in Rosehill Cemetery, and as a last tribute to the man he had long called "Grandad", Hugh Jamieson in Highland dress palyed most fittingly on the bagpipes the soldiers farewell, "Flowers of the Forest."
Taken from "The Scottish-American History Club Newsletter" Illinois Saint Andrew Society January 1, 2008 edition.
Rosehill Cemetery and Mausoleum
Plot: Saint Andrews Grounds
Created by: Pat Bruce
Record added: Jan 28, 2008
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And You farewell! whose merits claim Justly that Highest Badge to wear:Heav'n bless your honour'd, noble Name, To Masonry and Scotia dear! A last request permit me here,When yearly ye assamble a', One round, I ask it with a tear,To him, ...(Read more)|
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