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Bell Clan

Possibly derived from the French word ‘Bel’ meaning ‘’fair’ or ‘handsome’, the Bell surname cannot be traced back to a common ancestor. Therefore, the first historical evidence of the Bell name being used does not come until the 1290s and the infamous ‘Ragman Rolls’ in which the Scottish nobility and gentry subscribed allegiance to King Edward I of England as his army advanced north into the country. By the 13th century, users of the name could be found in St Andrews, Edinburgh, and Dundee, with Bells in Dumfriesshire a century later.

It is along the borders that the Bell family are most famous and were often part of the Border ‘Reivers’ a group of Scots who carried out raids in Northern England between the 13th and 17th century.

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Septs: BELLIS, BEHEL, BEALE, BAIL, BEILL, BEILS, BEALLES, BAILS, BIEHL, BEALS, BALES, BIELS, BEELE, BAYLE, BILE, BEELS, BILL, BEAL, BAEILL, BEIL, BEALES, BEALL, BAILL, BEL, BEALLS, BALE, BIEL, BEEL, BALL, BEHEL, BEELES, BAYLES, BILES, BELLE
Motto: I BEIR THE BELL
Translation: I BEAR THE BELL
Crest: A roebuck feeding, proper.
scottish bell of the borders tartan

Bell of the Borders