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Nabelich 26-2

Nabelich 26-2

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Beginning a new tradition for Nabelich,we introduce our annual Kilt Issue. Thisedition rounds out the summer fun withhumorous articles, bad puns, the storiedhistory of the kilt.
There is little doubt that the kilt confersadditional stature upon on the man or womanwho wears it. Though Bonnie Prince Charleswas defeated at Culloden, the British were sofearful of and impressed by the courage of thekilted Highlanders that they banned the garband all tartan patterns and accoutrements for more than 35 years. During World War I, theGerman Army considered the 51st HighlandDivision to be the most fearsome and unshakableforce they ever encountered. The surge of redand black kilts up from and out of thetrenches struck fear into Teutonic hearts andcaused absolute panic throughout the lines.Such is the glory associated with the kilt.But this romantic and rough-spun garmentwhich has meant so much to so many wasnot always highly regarded. It began itsillustrious career as the exclusive dress of theHighlanders. Since the northerners werequite poor, expensive breeches were nearlyunattainable. And when they were had,pants required constant mending. The kiltwas simply more practical.It was considered a loathsome andbarbarous garment by the lowlanders whovastly outnumbered the kilt wearers. They coined the term “Redshanks” to de-scribe their “obscenely clad” brethren. Thus there are remarkably few pre-19thcentury portraits of Scottish leaders wearingkilts. They preferred to be painted in thetraditional dress of the time.It was the bravery and undauntedcourage of the 18th century Highlandregiments that began to turn the tide infavor of the kilt. Scottish regiments kept thetradition of the kilt alive even when it wasinaccessible to the common man. Militarymembers were the only ones permitted towear it during the ban. And here’s a bit of lore which may comeas a surprise to Scots and a boon to Anglophiles. It was Queen Victoria herself who romanticized and elevated the kilt tothe national dress of Scotland. Her pride inher Stewart ancestry, and deliberateignorance of the fact that an actual victoryby her forebears would have eliminated her as a potential ruler, contributed mightily tothe romancing of the kilt and the rise of Scottish pride in the Breacan, the FeileadhBhreacain and the Feileadh Mor.So wear it proudly and boast loudly, youRedshanks. —Contributed by R. A. Conine
 The History of the Bell Tartan by Bill BellKiltoons - Real Scottishhumor, includingMaggie and Sandy jokes The New CrosswordPuzzle - Complete withScottish theme.
In This Issue
A glamorous new look for Nabelich
Delivered free, just for being
ScottishIncludes new jokes and a puzzle
7th Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders arriving in North  Africa 
 An American in Scotland asked one of the locals,"Why do you call it a kilt?" The Scotsman replied, "Because we kilt the last bloke who called it a dress." 
ISSUE 26-2 | APRIL-JUNE | 2012
 The Blockbuster ScottishGames Roundup
Our Organization
Clan Bell International (CBI) is a charitable, non-profit organization of Scottish descendants and friends of Clan/Family Bell, organized to study Bell (in its variousspellings) genealogy, Scottish history and culture, and toperpetuate family tradition, as it relates to our Scottishheritage.No officer of CBI, whether elected or appointed, receivesmonetary compensation or other benefits, including tax benefits, in exchange for their services. Annual dues for membership in CBI are payable at the timeof joining, for new members; and on the anniversary month of membership for established members. Our dues are $20 for aSingle membership or $25 for a Family membership. Anapplication form can be obtained by either contacting our Membership Secretary, Alta Ginn, or by visiting our website andselecting the “Membership” link on the front page.
 The Newsletter, NABELICH
Na Belich” is Scots Gaelic for “The Bells.”The two words havebeen placed together to form a one-word trademark for our newsletter. NABELICH is the official newsletter of Clan BellInternational. It is published quarterly and is mailed free tomembers, as one of several benefits of membership.
Submitting Articles for Publication
CBI members are invited and encouraged to submit articles or other information of interest to membership, including photographs, announcements and notices of birth, marriages or death. Those submitting articles should be keenly aware that because CBI is a Scottish heritage organization, it welcomesarticles and stories that contribute to or enlighten and build uponexisting information regarding those Bells withClan Bell of Scottish Border origins.Except for CBI commissioners who are submitting articles about CBI festival participation, deadlines for submitting articles areMarch 15 for 1st quarter; June 15 for 2nd quarter; September 15for 3rd quarter, and December 15 for fourth quarter. Irreplaceablephotographs should not be mailed but should be scanned andtransmitted via email along with your article to: Richard Conine at raconine@gmail.com.If you do not have access to a computer and wish to submit materialfor the newsletter, hard copy of the articles can be mailed to:
Clan Bell International12147 Holly Knoll CircleGreat Falls, VA 22066
Change of Address
When your address changes, please notify Alta Ginn, our Membership Secretary, promptly by USPS mail or by email. Whenthe USPS is unable to deliver to your previous address becauseyou have moved and have not advised the membership secretary,the cost to CBI is $1.10 to re-mail the newsletter to the correct address.
Copyright 1985 - 2012 Clan Bell International. All rightsreserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, storedin a retrieval system, or transmitted by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying and recording, for any personal or commercial use without written permission fromClan Bell International.
 The President’s Message………………………………..Page 3Kiltoons: Collected Scottish Humor ………………………………..Page 7Scottish Activities with a Member in Attendance………………………………..Page 6Scottish Festivals and Games………………………………..Page 8
 Table of Contents
Visiting Blackethouse………………………………Page 17Flowers of the Forest………………………………Page 14Bulletin Board………………………………Page 13 Accomplishments & New Arrival………………………………Page 15 The Crossword………………………………Page 16Clan Bell International Store………………………………Page 18CBI Officers………………………………Page 19From the Desk of the Editor: A History of the Bell Tartan..………………………………Page 4
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The Quarterly Message fromthe President of Clan BellInternational William H. Bell -April-June 2012
I should like to thank our Genealogist,Larry Bell, for his steadfast support of my original concept of a BellGenealogy Data Bank for the purposeof Clan archiving of our Family Trees,the possible matching of persons andto answer genealogical queries asneeded. During the course of time, Ihave received many individualgenealogical queries from personsunknown. Not being a genealogist, Ipass the queries on to Larry for action. Unfailingly he responds bothto the person and me with whatever information he can glean. Thank you,Larry. You are indeed a friend andvalued Clan Officer.Speaking of valued Clan Officers, ayear ago our Board Members at Largerepresentatives (Richard “Caveman”Bell and Rodney S. Bell) passed away. Two of our Clan Commissioners (Rob-ert (Bob) Bell and David E. Bell) havecome forward to accept these vacantBoard positions. On a sadder note,we have lost our Oregon Commis-sioner, Karissa M. Beals. With thelost of her father, Karissa has be-come the sole caretaker of her bedridden mother and has resigned her commissioner position. Karissa willbe missed as one of our devotedClan Bell messengers. Also, we werenotified by our Canada InternationalRepresentative’s wife that (DennisNeil Bell) had passed away on June27th. Dennis was appointed our first IR in 1999. As the theme of this issue concernsKilts and Tartans, I have provided our Editor with an outline of the originof the Bell Tartan. As we all know,it is indeed a modern creation from1984; however, thanks to Clanmembers and their purchases of kilts,sashes, flag and table cloth material,the Bell of the borders Tartan is nowwell known. Remember, bothgentlemen and ladies can wear kilts.For the ladies, it is a garment whichlooks great and will last for years.Since I relinquished private ownershipof the tartan some years ago, manymanufacturers now carry it ininventory. My original purpose increating the Tartan, with theinvaluable assistance of Bob Martin,FSTS, who engineering my initialdesign and created a thread count soit could be manufactured, was tocreate a rallying point for the Clan.Something we could all look to andsay, “That’s us, we are Clan Bell.” Thankfully, it appears to havesucceeded.We inherited the Bell South Tartanfrom Clan Bell Descendants when wemerged. Despite the claims of theScottish Tartan Society who, in spiteof “smoking gun” evidence providedby Irving Bell himself, state that the Tartan belongs to another. They areincorrect and all will be corrected intime. There is a third Tartan, privately heldby John L. Bruce Bell, which wasdesigned for Douglas Bell, CBE, nowdeceased but then our chief Apparent.I am sure you will enjoy all the Kiltand Tartan information which iscontained in this issue. All the bestto each of you!Your CBI President,Bill Bell
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