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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.
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.
Determining which surnames are septs of a clan is one of the prerogatives of the clan chief. Clan Douglas, while an armerigious (arms-bearing) family recognized as a clan by the Lord Lyon of Scotland, currently has no standing chief. Without a standing chief, nor a world-wide association, The Clan Douglas Society of North America (CDSNA) has selected certain guidelines in determining the surnames it accepts as Septs of Clan Douglas.
Clan Bell is an armigerous (arms-bearing) Scottish clan without a standing chief and is not recognized by The Standing Council of Scottish Chiefs. Not listed in the 2009 CDSNA bylaws; the surname is still listed by Clan Douglas Association of Australia (CDAA) as a sept of Douglas, and is included in the list in the Douglas Archives.
Harold Edington, CDSNA Septs Project Coordinator, has put forward a case for the Bells to be acknowledged as a sept.
Case for inclusion: Bell_sept.doc
CDSNA sept booklet: Flipbook
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