Maclean was born in Scotland in 1875. After leaving school he
became a mechanic. He also joined the Independent Labour Party
and began working closely with other socialists in Glasgow including
John Wheatley, Emanuel Shinwell, James Maxton, David Kirkwood,
Campbell Stephen, William Gallacher, John Muir, Tom Johnston,
Jimmie Stewart, George Hardie, George Buchanan and James Welsh.
In the 1918
General Election Maclean was elected to the House of Commons
for Govan. In the 1922 General Election he was joined in Parliament
by several other militant socialists based in Glasgow including
David Kirkwood, John Wheatley, Campbell Stephen, Emanuel Shinwell,
James Maxton, John Muir, Tom Johnston, Jimmie Stewart, George
Hardie, George Buchanan and James Welsh.
served on the Executive Committee of the Parliamentary Labour
Party (1931-1936). He retired from Parliament in 1950 when his
constituency party decided not to readopt him. Neil Maclean
died on 12th September, 1953.