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History in Scotland

The Bell of the Border area may descend from a Norman follower of David I who reigned untilThe Bells 1153 and was well established in Dumfriesshire by the 13th century.

The name may derive from the French ‘Bel,’ meaning fair or handsome. 

The Bells were one of the Border reiving clans. 

In 1426, James 1 confirmed ownership of lands of Kirkconnel by William Bell. They were increasingly involved in warfare throughout the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. In 1517, Clan Bell was given royal letters of warning to keep the peace by The Crown which was determined to maintain a sense of peace.

Visit for detailed information on the Bell Clan in Dumfriesshire from the 12th century.

Our Bell Family in Scotland

Our Bell Family were landowners / farmers from the Annan area, Dumfriesshire, Scotland. Annan's seafaring culture also produced sea captains and ship owners.  Birthplaces commonly mentioned in Dumfries are Dornock, Middlebie, The Broats and Canonbie.

View old family photos here.