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  • Name of Tartan:
    Bell, Border (Name)
  • Alternative Name: Bell South
  • ITI Number: 370
  • Category: Name
  • Designer / Source: Scarlett, James
  • Date: 1987
Bell, Border (Name)
  • Notes: Initiated by Mrs May Roberts (now Madam McKerrell of Hillhouse) in 1987 as a tartan for the Scottish 'Bells' and designed by James Scarlett MBE. It was originally known as 'Bell (Blackethouse)' - Blackethouse being the former chiefly home of the Bells - and was registered with STS in 1986/87. However, one of the family of Bell of Blackethouse told Mrs Roberts that it 'caused offence' as the name would be used by the Chief when appointed by Lord Lyon so she requested a name change to 'Border Bell' in 1989. To recap, this Bell here (370) is 'Border Bell and has a Scottish lineage. No 1489 is Bell of the Borders and has a US lineage. The story is more complicated than can be documented here and reference should be made to Tartans Authority archives.' 'Bell South' is the name given to this tartan by the American based Clan Bell International. Sample in STA Johnston Collection. Notes in Electric Scotland include the statement "acquired when the Clan Bell International and Clan Bell Descendants merged. The tartan is named "Bell South." Both tartans will be registered with the Lord Lyon office at the appropriate time." As at August 2009, there are no Bell tartans recorded in any of the Lyon Court Books.
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