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  • Name of Tartan:
    Bell of the Borders (Name)
  • ITI Number: 1489
  • Category: Name
  • Designer / Source: Martin, Bob
  • Date: 1984
Bell of the Borders (Name)
  • Notes: Designed by Bob Martin 1984 for Col. William Bell of California (President of one of the Bell societies in the US). It's believed that it was first called 'Riverside Bell' and then 'American Bell' and then "Bell of the Borders" by Ed Bell to distinguish it from "Bell of Blackethouse" which was registered with STS in 1986/87. However in 1992, Lord Lyon, about to recognize a chief of Clan Bell decreed that it was desirable to reserve the name "Blackethouse" for the Chief. Accordingly "Bell of Blackethouse" was renamed "Border Bell" In the STS records however it was further renamed (reportedly on the instructions of Col. W.Bell mentioned above) 'Southern Bell' without any consultation with the Scottish Bell Society who regarded - and still regard it - as their official tartan. To recap, this Bell here (1489) is 'Bell of the Borders' and has a US lineage. No 370 is Border Bell and has a Scottish lineage. The story is more complicated than can be documented here and reference should be made to the STA Archives. Lochcarron swatch in archives.
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