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 territory."

Do not let others' claims and confusion keep you from your rich heritage as a member of Clan Bell.

Continue Reading

Clan Bell Store

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 Bell Lapel Pin

This colorful lapel pin is 1 inch in soft enamel, and makes a great accent to any suit or dress lapel. Learn more ...