Neill was a well known pteridologist, botanist and horticulturalist and designed West Princes Street Gardens after the Nor' Loch had been drained. He wrote the article on 'Gardening' in the first edition of the Encyclopaedia Britannica and a book entitled 'A Tour through Orkney and Shetland' published in 1806. He was a founder member, and for many years secretary of, the Wernerian Society and founded the Caledonian Horticultural Society of which he was Secretary for 40 years. By bequest he founded the Neill Prize, awarded by the Royal Society of Edinburgh for distinction in Natural History.
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