Murray Macneill

Murray Macneill (also spelled MacNeill) (January 7, 1877 – February 16, 1951) was a curler from Nova Scotia.[1] He is the first skip to win the Brier, back in 1927. He began curling in his back yard while he was a boy in Saint John, New Brunswick. He was always competitive and went on to become one of the top curlers in Maritime Canada. After he became a professor of mathematics at Dalhousie University, Macneill was selected to be skip of the Nova Scotia team at the first Canadian Men's Curling Championship, held in the first week of March 1927 at the Granite Curling Club in Toronto.

Dr. Murray Macneill
Born(1877-01-07)January 7, 1877
DiedFebruary 16, 1951(1951-02-16) (aged 74)

Curling games had a marathon aspect at that time, being of 14 ends duration. Macneill and his team started well, winning four of their first five games, and then, in the last draw, came back from an eight-point deficit to capture the championship, which, before the next year's event came to be known as The Brier.1

Macneill returned to the Brier in 1930, 1932 and 1936. Macneill was also a first cousin of author Lucy Maud Montgomery.[2]

Macneill served as President of the Canadian Curling Association from 1948 to 1949.[3] He died of pancreatic cancer in 1951, aged 74.[4][5]

Brier record

Brier W L Finish

1 "The Brier", Bob Weeks, ISBN 0-7715-7544-0


  1. Who's who in Canada. International Press. 1941. ISSN 0083-9450. Retrieved 2017-02-03.
  2. Rubio, M.H. (2011). Lucy Maud Montgomery: The Gift of Wings. Doubleday Canada. p. 85. ISBN 9780385674812. Retrieved 2017-02-03.
  4. Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching (1949). Annual Report - Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. ISSN 0069-0651. Retrieved 2017-02-03.
  5. Death Registration for Murray Macneill, died February 16, 1951 in Halifax, Halifax County
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