Scottish festivals are fun events for family, with information on genealogy and heritage,
competitions for pipe bands, highland dance, heavy athletics, and fun pageantry. Find events
near you and clear your calendar for fun, fellowship, and family. Many festivals have a Clan
Bell tent where you can meet other Bells, get information on your heritage, or just rest and
relax for a while.
If you have Bell heritage, and you are not a member of Clan Bell North America yet, what are
you waiting for?
Scottish Festivals Calendar
There may be a Clan Bell tent at a Scottish festival near you. Come see the
pipe bands, highland dance competitions, and see the heavy athletic competitions
like the caber toss.
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Clan Bell Tents
There is a lot of fun at the Scottish festivals. Come see friends and
family to learn more about your heritage. Clan Bell needs volunteers to serve as staff
in our tents at Scottish games.
Clan Bell - North America has been approved by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) tax exempt
non-profit organization. Membership dues and gifts to CBNA are now tax deductible on
your federal taxes. Officers and commissioners doing the work of CBNA may also be able
to deduct certain expenses. As always, please consult with your local tax professional
to see how this change can best benefit you.
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New Book on Contributions to History by Clan Bell
The new book One Hundred & Twenty Five Bell Families Contribute To History by James Elton Bell is an important
work on the history of Bells through history and an important resource for your family genealogy. It shows that the famous Bell inventors are just a small part of what Bells have contributed to history.
The Clan Bell Store has new items that also make great gifts, including a Clan Bell reiver lapel pin, Clan Bell Reiver T-shirts in light blue and black (sizes L, XL, 2XL, 3XL), and more of the Clan Bell Badge lapel pins.
Explaining the Facts About Clans and Septs
The Court of The Lord Lyon Clarifies Sept and Clan Issues
The Lyon Court answers the question of "who is a member of a clan?"
with the statement:
"Every person who has the same surname as the chief is deemed to be a member of the clan." This means that if you or
an ancestor has the last name Bell or one or the various spellings of Bell, you are deemed by the Lyon Court to be a member of
Clan Bell. Some confusion has been created by a few clans who claim many family names as "septs" of their clan.
The Lyon Court clears up the issues on septs by stating:
"There is no official list of recognised septs. This is a matter for each chief to determine. But where a particular
sept has traditionally been associated with a particular clan it would not be appropriate for that name to be treated
by another clan chief as one of its septs."
Lists of septs include whatever families a clan chief wants to add, so the Lyon Court found it necessary to point
out that it is not appropriate for clan chiefs to claim septs that were already a sept to another clan.
Even though Clan Bell is recognized as a clan by the Lyon Court and has a long history as an independent clan, some other
clans try to claim Bell as a sept of their clan.
Sir Crispin Agnew of Lochnaw Bt., an officer of the Lyon Court, noted that
"It should also
be said that the various Sept lists, which are published in the various Clans and Tartan books, have no official authority.
They merely represent some person's, (usually in the Victorian eras) views of which name groups were in a particular clan's
Do not let others' claims and confusion keep you from your rich heritage as a member of Clan Bell.
Kilts in Bell of the Borders Acrylic Tartan
Show your pride in being part of Clan Bell with this attractive kilt.
For only $69 each, or $89 with a one year membership in Clan Bell North America,
it is affordable to have the entire family in these attractive kilts. Learn more ...
Clan of the Bells Lapel Pin
This colorful new lapel pin, with a border revier on horseback, is a lovely accent to any suit or dress lapel.
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