(Born: Edinburgh, Scotland, 25 October 1776; Died: Canonmills near Edinburgh, Scotland, 5 September 1851) Scottish naturalist.
Neil became head of a large printing firm in his home city. Early in life he devoted his spare time to the study of nature, especially botany and horticulture.
Biographical references: Poggendorff: 2, col. 266.
1. English, 1806.
A Tour through Orkney and Shetland, with an appendix on the Shetland Isles, with a view chiefly to objects of natural history but including also occasional remarks of the state of the inhabitants, their husbandry, and fisheries a sketch of their Mineralogy etc. Edinburgh, Printed for A. Constable and Company, and John Murray, London, 1806.
8°: xi, 239 p.
A work that caused some controversy for its realistic portrait of the dismal lives of the island's inhabitants. There is added a sketch of the island's mineralogy, probably abstracted from Robert Jameson's earlier study.
Bibliographical references: Poggendorff: 2, 266..