To date there is little known about Mary McNeil other than her marriage to James McKinlay and the birth of her two children William born c1841 & Margaret McKinlay born 1844 died 1929 New Zealand.
William emigrated to Nova Scotia and Margaret to New Zealand where she married George Clegg Gardner and settled North Canterbury.
Interred in the same plot as her are Mary McKinlay died 1886, William McKinlay died 1895, Margaret McKinlay died 1895, Edward McKinlay died 1906.
Others in the plot include James' brothers William and Edward and their family members. William and his wife Margaret and his younger brother Edward and his daughter Mary born 1870.
Inscription "1845 Erected by James McKinlay in memory of his spouse Mary McNeil who died 11th December 1844 aged 25"
Much of the churchyard has been cordoned off due to the unsafe nature of the 17th century ruined church and the surrounding headstones. This particular stone is situated at the very front part of the burial ground, between the ruins and the main road, a few stones away from the famous 'Giant Baby' headstone. It may be possible, with care, to access this area.
This plot could not have originally belonged to the McKinlay family. James may have purchased it from a previous owner or, it may have belonged to the McNeil family and he inherited it through Mary. The reasoning for this is that James' parents are not buried here.