History in Scotland
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 http://www.clanbell.org/content/view/47/86/ 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.