Clan Bell Crest Badge T-Shirt in Black available in Men’s and Ladies variations.
Men’s – Large two color crest badge on back of shirt with small one color chest print that reads Clan Bell. Sizes M-XXXL.
Ladies V-Neck – Large two color crest badge on front of shirt. Sizes M-XXL.
Standard and Ladies sizes in drop down menu below.
Printed on 100% Pre Shrunk Cotton T-Shirt.
The circular belt has the Motto of the Chief of the Clan inscribed in it. Within the belt is the crest of the Clan Chief. The belt and buckle denote the clansman.
Crest: A hand holding a raised dagger.
Motto: I BEIR THE BEL (I Bear the Bell)
The Clansman’s Crest Badge is the most powerful emblem of your Clan Bell Heritage. Displaying this badge is a symbol of your allegiance to your clan. The perfect gift for any Bell descendant.
“Cuimhnich air na daoine o’n d’thaining thu” – Remember the men from whom you are descended.
“The Borders family Bell may well descend from a Norman follower of David I who reigned until 1153 and was, by the end of the thirteenth century, well established in Dumfriesshire, Berwickshire and Perthshire.
The name may derive from the French ‘Bel,’ meaning fair or handsome. Since the derivation is descriptive, common ancestry cannot be assumed for all those bearing the surname.
The arms attributed to the principal family are in the nature of canting, or punning, heraldry, alluding to the pronunciation of the name rather than its origin.
The suggestion that it relates to living beside a bell tower seems far fetched.
The Bells participated in the Borders disturbances as one of the riding clans of border reivers. In the thirteenth century Gilbert Le Fitzbel held lands in Dumfries, Sir David Bell was Clerk of the Wardrobe to Robert II. In 1426, William Bell’s lands of Kirkconnel were confirmed by James I under a charter recorded in the register of the great seal.
The Bells, along with other Borders families, became increasingly turbulent throughout the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. The Crown’s determination to pacify the Borders led in 1517 to Clan Bell receiving royal letters of warning to keep the peace.
The tower of Blackethouse was destroyed in a raid by the English in 1547. After the union of the Crowns in 1603, the family suffered much the same fate as the other border reivers; many emigrated to the new plantation lands in Ulster where the name is among the twenty most numerous in that province. Others settled further afield in Australia and New Zealand.
The descendants of the Lairds of Blackethouse stayed in the realm but moved to the cities where they contributed substantially to learning and in particular medical science.
Andrew Bell, founder of the Madras system of education was born at St. Andrews in 1753, The college founded in his native town and named after his system is still a respected seat of education today.
Dr. Joseph Bell, great-grandson of Benjamin Bell of Blacket House, who was himself a distinguished surgeon, is said to have inspired Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to create his great detective, Sherlock Holmes.
General Sir John Bell was a distinguished soldier during the Napoleonic Wars and a friend of the Duke of Wellington. Scottish lawyers encounter the name of Bell in their study of Principals of the Law of Scotland by George Joseph Bell, Professor of Scots Law at the University of Edinburgh in 1829. More recently, Alexander Graham Bell was a pioneer in the development of the telephone.
Although the Bells were a Borders family, there are others of this name who are of Highland origin, and in that case, Bell is held to be a Sept of MacMillan.” (Standing Council of Scottish Chiefs)
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