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?
Clan Bell is an Amazing Family
Clan Bell North America (CBNA) is the organization formed from a line of Bell family organizations starting in the 1970s to the present, and CBNA is recognized by the IRS as a 501c3 organization.
Clan Bell has been a driving force in the history that makes Scotland so fascinating. Starting as knights in Northern France, the Bells fought in the Norman conquest, in the Crusades, and more. Bells have been Knights Templar, master masons for beautiful castles in Scotland, and fought for Scottish independence. Fighting to survive on the Scottish Border as reivers, Bells were known as one of the Devil's Dozen, the 13 strongest and most active of the riding clans. Bells thrived under hardship, so much that Scots needed the proverb: "numerous as the Bells of Middlebie." A Bell carried Kinmont Willie of the Armstrong clan over his shoulders during the battle to free him during the raid of Carlisle Castle. The Bells from Scotland and from England were lined up across from each other at the Battle of Solway Moss, and refused to fight their cousins. England and Scotland gave a war, but Bells turned it into a family reunion.
Bells have been inventors and thought leaders in many professions, invented the telephone, mechanical reaper, pioneered steamships, and advanced knowledge in medicine, forensic science, and the law. Bell entrepreneurs created companies that advanced aviation with helicopters and the first supersonic jet, and of course the "Scottish" food of Taco Bell. A Bell was founding co-publisher of Encyclopedia Britannica. A Bell founded Bell's Whisky - which is a best-selling scotch in Scotland, the UK and South Africa. A Bell was the author of "The Principles of the Laws of Scotland" that taught law to generations of lawyers.
When England and Scotland united into the United Kingdom, a first priority was to send the most unruly of the unruly Bell clan to Northern Ireland in order to help pacify the Scottish border. Many Bells migrated to Northern Ireland, the United States, Australia, Canada and other nations. The story of Bells is still being written by our families bound together by friendship, fellowship, and a rich and proud history.
Please join Clan Bell North America to help us celebrate the heritage of our great family at Scottish Highland games and events near you, to learn more about your genealogy, and help us unite Bells world wide. Our online membership application is easy to use and helps us connect our larger Bell family.
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. Learn more ...
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. Learn more ...
Descendant Chart - William "Redcloak" Bell
ThePeerage.com - William Bell of Blackethouse (called Reidclok)