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ISSUE 26-2 | APRIL-JUNE | 2012

Beginning a new tradition for Nabelich, we introduce our annual Kilt Issue. This edition rounds out the summer fun with humorous articles, bad puns, the storied history of the kilt.
There is little doubt that the kilt confers additional stature upon on the man or woman who wears it. Though Bonnie Prince Charles was defeated at Culloden, the British were so fearful of and impressed by the courage of the kilted Highlanders that they banned the garb and all tartan patterns and accoutrements for more than 35 years. During World War I, the German Army considered the 51st Highland Division to be the most fearsome and unshakable force they ever encountered. The surge of red

In This Issue
The Blockbuster Scottish Games Roundup

The History of the Bell Tartan by Bill Bell

Kiltoons - Real Scottish humor, including Maggie and Sandy jokes The New Crossword Puzzle - Complete with Scottish theme.

and black kilts up from and out of the trenches struck fear into Teutonic hearts and caused absolute panic throughout the lines. Such is the glory associated with the kilt. But this romantic and rough-spun garment which has meant so much to so many was not always highly regarded. It began its illustrious career as the exclusive dress of the Highlanders. Since the northerners were quite poor, expensive breeches were nearly unattainable. And when they were had, pants required constant mending. The kilt was simply more practical. It was considered a loathsome and barbarous garment by the lowlanders who vastly outnumbered the kilt wearers. They coined the term Redshanks to describe their obscenely clad brethren. Thus there are remarkably few pre-19th century portraits of Scottish leaders wearing kilts. They preferred to be painted in the traditional dress of the time. It was the bravery and undaunted courage of the 18th century Highland regiments that began to turn the tide in favor of the kilt. Scottish regiments kept the tradition of the kilt alive even when it was inaccessible to the common man. Military members were the only ones permitted to wear it during the ban. And heres a bit of lore which may come as a surprise to Scots and a boon to Anglophiles. It was Queen Victoria herself who romanticized and elevated the kilt to the national dress of Scotland. Her pride in her Stewart ancestry, and deliberate ignorance of the fact that an actual victory by her forebears would have eliminated her as a potential ruler, contributed mightily to the romancing of the kilt and the rise of Scottish pride in the Breacan, the Feileadh Bhreacain and the Feileadh Mor. So wear it proudly and boast loudly, you Redshanks. Contributed by R. A. Conine


A glamorous new look for Nabelich Delivered free, just for being Scottish Includes 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."

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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 various spellings) genealogy, Scottish history and culture, and to perpetuate family tradition, as it relates to our Scottish heritage. No officer of CBI, whether elected or appointed, receives monetary compensation or other benefits, including tax benefits, in exchange for their services. Annual dues for membership in CBI are payable at the time of joining, for new members; and on the anniversary month of membership for established members. Our dues are $20 for a Single membership or $25 for a Family membership. An application form can be obtained by either contacting our Membership Secretary, Alta Ginn, or by visiting our website and selecting the Membership link on the front page.

Table of Contents
The Presidents Message ..Page 3 From the Desk of the Editor: A History of the Bell Tartan ..Page 4 Scottish Activities with a Member in Attendance ..Page 6 Kiltoons: Collected Scottish Humor ..Page 7 Scottish Festivals and Games ..Page 8 Bulletin Board Page 13 Flowers of the Forest Page 14 Accomplishments & New Arrival Page 15 The Crossword Page 16 Visiting Blackethouse Page 17 Clan Bell International Store Page 18 CBI Officers Page 19

The Newsletter, NABELICH

Na Belich is Scots Gaelic for The Bells.The two words have

been placed together to form a one-word trademark for our newsletter. NABELICH is the official newsletter of Clan Bell International. It is published quarterly and is mailed free to members, 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 welcomes articles and stories that contribute to or enlighten and build upon existing information regarding those Bells with Clan Bell of Scottish Border origins. Except for CBI commissioners who are submitting articles about CBI festival participation, deadlines for submitting articles are March 15 for 1st quarter; June 15 for 2nd quarter; September 15 for 3rd quarter, and December 15 for fourth quarter. Irreplaceable photographs should not be mailed but should be scanned and transmitted via email along with your article to: Richard Conine at If you do not have access to a computer and wish to submit material for the newsletter, hard copy of the articles can be mailed to: Clan Bell International 12147 Holly Knoll Circle Great Falls, VA 22066

Change of Address
When your address changes, please notify Alta Ginn, our Membership Secretary, promptly by USPS mail or by email. When the USPS is unable to deliver to your previous address because you 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 rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying and recording, for any personal or commercial use without written permission from Clan Bell International.


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The Quarterly Message from the President of Clan Bell International 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 Bell Genealogy Data Bank for the purpose of Clan archiving of our Family Trees, the possible matching of persons and to answer genealogical queries as needed. During the course of time, I have received many individual genealogical queries from persons unknown. Not being a genealogist, I pass the queries on to Larry for action. Unfailingly he responds both to the person and me with whatever information he can glean. Thank you, Larry. You are indeed a friend and valued Clan Officer. Speaking of valued Clan Officers, a year ago our Board Members at Large representatives (Richard Caveman Bell and Rodney S. Bell) passed away. Two of our Clan Commissioners (Robert (Bob) Bell and David E. Bell) have come forward to accept these vacant Board positions. On a sadder note,

we have lost our Oregon Commissioner, Karissa M. Beals. With the lost of her father, Karissa has become the sole caretaker of her bed ridden mother and has resigned her commissioner position. Karissa will be missed as one of our devoted Clan Bell messengers. Also, we were notified by our Canada International Representatives wife that (Dennis Neil Bell) had passed away on June 27th. Dennis was appointed our first IR in 1999. As the theme of this issue concerns Kilts and Tartans, I have provided our Editor with an outline of the origin of the Bell Tartan. As we all know, it is indeed a modern creation from 1984; however, thanks to Clan members and their purchases of kilts, sashes, flag and table cloth material, the Bell of the borders Tartan is now well known. Remember, both gentlemen and ladies can wear kilts. For the ladies, it is a garment which looks great and will last for years. Since I relinquished private ownership of the tartan some years ago, many manufacturers now carry it in inventory. My original purpose in creating the Tartan, with the invaluable assistance of Bob Martin, FSTS, who engineering my initial design and created a thread count so it could be manufactured, was to

create a rallying point for the Clan. Something we could all look to and say, Thats us, we are Clan Bell. Thankfully, it appears to have succeeded. We inherited the Bell South Tartan from Clan Bell Descendants when we merged. Despite the claims of the Scottish Tartan Society who, in spite of smoking gun evidence provided by Irving Bell himself, state that the Tartan belongs to another. They are incorrect and all will be corrected in time. There is a third Tartan, privately held by John L. Bruce Bell, which was designed for Douglas Bell, CBE, now deceased but then our chief Apparent. I am sure you will enjoy all the Kilt and Tartan information which is contained in this issue. All the best to each of you! Your CBI President, Bill Bell

The Presidents Message

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Richard Conine Editor at Large

Its more than appropriate to kick off this issue with a history of the Bell Clan Tartan in the words of the President himself. Bill Bell relayed the following tale to me in order to add to our lore of the storied colors of our kilt.

From the Desk of the Editor: "A History of the Bell Tartan"

~~~~~~~~~~~~~ At a 1983 meeting of the International Bell Society in Belleville, OH, I was elected President. The Executive Director, and founder of the organization, was Irving Bell. Irving ran the organization as an adjunct to his quarterly newsletter which contained information, as known to him, regarding the Bells whom he believed to be a Sept of MacMillan. Also, the organization was not Non-Profit as he mixed the monies with his private funds. I stated that at our next meeting in Staunton,VA, I would present a plan for the organization to the members attending. The plan would include provisions for the organization to separate the finances into organizational monies and his private monies. Also, a proposed Clan Bell Tartan would be presented. In days of yore in Scotland, after the Proscription, many Clans resumed the tartan practice as they remembered, rightly or wrongly, the colors and designs of the old Clan tartans before the 45. Insofar as the Bells, a Border Clan, were concerned, there is absolutely no evidence they ever had a Clan tartan. In those days, the Chief would send a cart into town where bolts of material of varying colors was purchased. From the material purchased, clansmen and women were then allotted their material as needed. Color and design were NOT a consideration. During the meeting in Staunton, VA in 1984, I presented a Clan Bell tartan proposal to the membership. I had chosen the colors and proposed design, and then coordinated with Bob Martin, FSTS, a noted Greenville, SC kilt maker as to his engineering the design and putting it into Thread Count. This done, he forwarded a board to me which displayed the Final coloring and design. This Board was shown to the attending membership for their discussion and approval or disapproval. The final design was overwhelmingly approved.

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THEN DISASTER STRUCK. The manufacturer, without authorization changed the blue shade to a very dark blue...
Having the approval in hand, the next step was to request the Scottish Tartans Society to check the final design against the Master Archive of all known tartans then numbering over 1500 to determine of the design was original. The design was found to be both unique and original and as such, with a payment, was entered into the Master Archive. With that, we were authorized to proceed with production of the material for sale. A manufacturer was recommended and after negotiations, I agreed to purchase a run of yards of the material at a cost of over $2000. The provided swatch of material was satisfactory and production proceeded. Upon shipment, the material was dispensed for kilts, sashes, flags, table covers, etc. at a considerable financial loss. Nevertheless, another run was authorized and paralleled the first. Then disaster struck. The manufacturer, without authorization, changed the blue shade to very dark blue, reminiscent of the Canadian Air Force blue. When queried so concerning, the manufacturer failed to rectify the problem and was dropped as the supplier. During a trip to Scotland, my wife and I contacted and met with one of the premier manufacturers of tartan materials, whom I shall not name. An agreement was entered into for them to produce both lightweight and heavy material. Regretfully, the sales of the material was extremely slow as I no longer deigned to purchase the material myself; therefore the owner became very unhappy and later wrote to me stating he would no longer weave the material as he felt it to be too feminine. Needless to say, we parted on a rather acrimonious note. Looking for another tartan manufacturer, I selected Geoffrey (Tailor) Ltd., of Edinburgh. Without doubt this manufacturer has been the most reliable in providing goods of outstanding quality to their customers. They are personally recommended as the best tartan manufacturer. The Clan Bell Tartan is therefore of modern origin having been conceived in 1984. The purpose was very simply to provide a rallying piece for the Clan. The more clan Bell tartans seen at Scottish Games and elsewhere would broadcast to the world that the Bells are alive and well. The education of the public to understand that Border Bells are NOT a Sept of Clan MacMillan has been going on since I first hosted a Bell tent at the Chino, CA Scottish Games. Little by little I was able to insert Clan Bell into major Games across the United States such as Stone Mountain, Grandfather Mountain and, in those days, Santa Rosa, CA. Gradually, definitely aided by those Clan members wearing Clan Bell tartan, today the phrase I thought Bells were part

of the MacMillans is rarely heard. We are indeed separate; however, the Chief of the MacMillans is honored, as is his Clan. In recent years, since I gave up private ownership of the tartan, many manufacturers have begun including our tartan in their inventory. To say my work is done is fraught with denial. The education of the public and the search for Bells in foreign countries continues to be a priority. Success, yes. Finalization, NO!.

William H. Bell June 2012


One hundred thousand welcomes! To our new members
April-June 2012
New Members Joined At Large:
Alan & Kathleen Bell, Beaverton, OR David & Wilma Mason, Maumee, OH David Allan Bell, Linday, Ontario, Canada Robert Terence Bell, Chester, MD Cynthia Bell Dixon, Zanesville, OH Jennifer Robin Wright, Victoria, Australia

New Members Joined At Games:

2012 Sacramento Valley Games, Woodland, CA Karen Lisa Bales, Davis, CA 2012 Scots Fest, Costa Mesa, CA Frances Elizabeth Alexander, Jurupa Valley, CA Janet Lynne Alexander, Jurupa Valley, CA Robert T. Speirs, Laguna Hills, CA 2012 Texas Festival & Highland Games, Arlington, TX John Ashley Bell, Huntsville, TX Matthew Ward Bell, Durango, CO

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It was a cold and wintry night Thus began our evening of January 21, 2012, with the Scottish Heritage Society of North Central West Virginias Robert Burns dinner in Clarksburg, West Virginia, our first. Robert Burns, national poet of Scotland, has authored poems that strike a chord with nearly all readers, and range from expressions of love and humor to evocative reflections on the beauty of the Scotland in which he lived. Scots around the world celebrate Burns and their heritage with an annual dinner, typically in late January around the anniversary of Burns birthday of January 25, 1759. The societys 2012 buffet dinner seemed to be enjoyed by all. Mind you, the subtle nuances of the haggis on the palate could only be appreciated by the true liver connoisseurs---and I dont mean pt! However, the ceremonial blessing of it was very impressive. It was paraded in and around the room, then up to the front on a platter, conducted by a small entourage including the cook, a piper, and a drum major in full regalia. As the haggis was ceremonially placed, he major unsheathed his dirk, waved it over the steaming pudding, and pronounced Burns ode in a thick brogue. On concluding, he plunged the dirk into the steaming beast which hissed out an earthy puff, and we 50 or so celebrants let out a resounding cheer. The feast was on! The rest of the food, a sampling of Scottish fare, was quite tasty and Im certain no one left hungry. Even the haggis was eaten up! We were entertained by the gentle and accomplished fiddling of Mr. Darrell Murray, knitter of his own knee socks! The evening concluded with an historical reminiscence by our societys president, Mr. Bill MacLean (my mother was a McLain, related clan of Mull), who spoke about political events occurring in Scotland before and during Burns life, and that caused so many of our ancestors to emigrate. Bill reminded us how close Scotland came to losing Burns to the West Indies, a process that stopped when Robbies first book of poetry was so well received. Thomas M. Bell, West Virginia Commissioner


Have I mentioned the rain? What it is it about Scottish events and the weather? Is the meteorologist getting some kind of kickback from my dry cleaner? Surely it cant be that our fair Scottish marches are sending me a personal reminder from the homeland. I hear it rains sideways there! Well, thats exactly what it was doing when my wife, Karen, and I arrived at the National Cathedral in Washington, DC, after a four-hour trip from Morgantown, West Virginia, to attend our first National Kirkin o the Tartans event on April 22, 2012. Our umbrellas turned inside out!

Inside, men of the St. Andrews Society of Washington, DC, offered their warm greetings as preparations were completed for the 4 PM choral evensong. The sanctuary filled to capacity with kilted men and their families as curious onlookers viewed from beyond. The prelude was performed by the Blue Ridge Brass and the Montreat Scottish Pipe and Drum Band, after which a representative of each clan processed to the front of the sanctuary, conducted by the St. Andrews Society color guard, with its pipes and drums, and society members bearing the tartan of each attending clan (I had presented my Bell of the Borders fly plaid). At the conclusion of the service we again processed, now to the high altar, where the Societys President, Mr. Russell M. Shumway, addressed its Senior Chaplain (there are two assistants), Reverend Richardson A. Libby, Jr.: We present these tartans as tokens of our heritage and ask that you bless them. The blessing was as follows: Bless, O Lord, these simple woven cloths, whose colors, warp and woof, bear the burden and honor of the history of the land of our ancestors, a people of your calling, a nation of your creation. May we sustain in the glory of our ancestors by wearing the kilt with honest pride and genuine humility honoring a people bearing the name of Scots. We pray that you will bless those who wear them and continue their special loyalty to St. Andrew who readily obeyed the call of your son Jesus Christ. May these tartans be blessed in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.

Afterwards, when retrieving my fly plaid, the Society participant who had conducted it to the altar graciously offered that he had been honored to do so for our clan. Celebrating over 250 years, the St. Andrews Society of Washington, DC, is a charitable fraternity of men of Scottish birth or ancestry. The societys objectives are to afford charitable and educational assistance to Scots, to perpetuate Scottish traditions and culture, and to promote social activities among its members. Their motto is, Relieve the distressed. The Kirkin o the Tartan tradition is inextricably linked to the St. Andrews Society of Washington, DC. It has spread from humble origins as a 1941 fundraiser for British war relief, to the present celebration of services throughout the United States and Canada. The society has conducted its service uninterrupted at the National Cathedral since 1952, when it was moved there from several other churches in the DC area. The service, complete with Pipe and Drums, now raises funds to support annual scholarships to qualifying students pursuing studies here and abroad. Next years event is planned for April 14.
Thomas M. Bell, West Virginia Commissioner

Scottish Activities With a Member in Attendance

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CollectedSco shJokes
English vs Irish Said the Englishman to the boastful Scot: Take away your mountains, glens and lochs, and what have you got? England, replied the Scot. Why are they putting Englishmen at the bottom of the ocean? They found out that deep down, theyre really not so bad. Know Your Kilts: If its above the knee, its a skirt. If its at the knee, its a kilt. If its below the knee, hes a liar. Three times Maggie brought Sandy to the manse, hoping to be made man and wife, but each time the minister refused because of the groom-to-bes intoxication. Why do you persist in bringing him to me in such a state? asked the minister. Please, Reverend, explained Maggie, hell no come when hes sober. Old Sandy was dying. Tenderly, his wife Maggie knelt by his bedside and asked: Anything I can get you, Sandy? No reply. Have ye no a last wish, Sandy? Faintly, came the answer. . . a wee bit of yon boiled ham. Wheesht, man, said Maggie, ye ken see thats for the funeral. Jock went into a shop to buy a pocket knife. Heres the very thing, said the shopkeeper, four blades and a corkscrew. Tell me, said Jock, you havent one with four corkscrews and a blade, have you? An Aberdonian was ill with scarlet fever. Send for my creditors, he said. I can give them something at last. Real Scottish Humor Jock was in London wearing his tartan when a curious lady asked if there was anything worn under the kilt. 'No madam,' he replied with a flourish. 'Everything is in perfect working order.'

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Thank you to the spouses, families and friends who help our Commissioners host Clan Bell tents and assist with the myriad tasks required in our reaching out to Bells, increasing our membership and adding personality and substance to our organization!

July 7-8, Monterey Scottish Games Monterey County Toro Park, Salinas, California July 12-15, Grandfather Mountain Highland Games MacRae Meadows, Linville, North Carolina July 13-14, Payson Scottish Festival Memorial Field, Payson, Utah August 4-5, Rocky Mountain Highland Games Highland Heritage Park, Highland Ranch, Colorado August 25, Quechee Scottish Festival Quechee Polo Field, Quechee, Vermont August 25, Cache Valley Scottish Festival American West Heritage Center, Wellsville, Utah September 1-2, Scottish Highland Games Alameda County Fairgrounds, Pleasanton, California



September 1-2, Virginia Scottish Games Great Meadows Equestrian Center, The Plains, Virginia September 6-9, Longs Peak Highland Festival Estes Park, Estes Park, Colorado September 14-16, Oklahoma Scotfest River West Festival Park, Tulsa, Oklahoma September 21-23, New Hampshire Highland Games Loon Mtn. Ski Resort, Lincoln, New Hampshire October 12-14, Seaside Highland Games Seaside Park, Ventura, California October 19-21, Stone Mountain Highland Games Stone Mountain Park, Stone Mountain, Georgia



November 2-4, Tucson Celtic Festival & Scottish Highland Games, Rillito Park Raceway Park, Tucson, Arizona



Scottish Highland Games & Celtic Gathering Steele Indian School Park, Phoenix March 24-25
This year the games were moved from February to March due to the past two years deluge of rain during the featured Sunday festivities. Such was a wise decision as the weekend was a perfect Arizona balmy mid-winter day. Our tent was set up under a shade tree which gave us plenty of protection from the 80 degree weather. The organizers also rearranged the grounds layout to include the seventy five clan tents in a winding pattern throughout the park; some bordering on the nearby lake where the audience of the large dancers tent whiffed in the cooling breezes. Another novel approach was placing an eighty yard games circle in the center of the gathering. This allowed the over seventy athletes to participate on schedule and simultaneously run multiple events. There was always a good crowd around the fenced circle and lots of cheers at the accomplishments of the athletes. The vendors (mostly out of state) were very pleased as their tents and facilities were in close proximity to the circled fence. Kudos to the organizers for this splendid site. Our Bell tent was set up in the usual fashion next to the delightful Andersons and McFarlands, and its nice to learn that two other clans had requested space near the Bells, so sometimes we are not all bad Reivers! As always the clans enjoyed the ringing of our loud bell during the introduction march of the Clans. Sharing clan information with kilt garbed friends, hearing stories about visits to Scotland and greeting folks as they came by is part of the wonderful camaraderie of Clan gatherings. We answered lots of questions about the Bell name and family, this time without our Commissioner Pat Bell Anderson who was ill. We also handed out a number of bell neck ribbons advertising the Clan Bell website along with applications for clan membership. Hopefully, theyll be used. All in all, a most enjoyable games and Clan gathering. Jim and Fran Bell, Arizona co-tent hosts

The Games Report

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The 33rd Annual Arkansas Scottish Festival, Lyons College Campus, Batesville - April 13-15
Mid-April was beautiful in the Ozark Mountains as we headed to Batesville, Arkansas and Lyon College to celebrate our Scottish heritage and represent Clan Bell. Sharon and I departed Friday morning amid worries about storm threats through the weekend. Friday was a beautiful travel day and we arrived at Lyon College in good time. We set up our canopy and staked it down, then went on to the hotel to check in and prepare for the Presidents Reception. Lyon College President Dr. Donald and Mrs. Weatherman hosts all the clans at the campus home on Friday before the festival. The thing different about this year was Sharon and I had purchased our Scottish attire to wear for the weekend. Friday night was a formal night and we got to meet the representatives of the other 16 clans in attendance. Saturday was the big day of meeting people, talking about history, signing up new friends in our guest book, stamping the kids passports as they visited our display and marching in the opening ceremonies parade. A fellow Clan Bell member, Lyon College Pipe Major Jimmy Bell not only leads the Lyon College Pipe and Drums but is also the Director of the Scottish Heritage Program and Scottish Heritage Outreach Program for the college. The program encourages the preservation of our Scottish heritage in Arkansas. Lyon College staff and s tudents offer regular courses at no cost in bag piping, drumming and Highland dancing to interested students and adults. More information about the Scottish Heritage Program can be learned by writing to Jimmy at Lyon College, PO Box 2317, Batesville, AR 72503 or email Jimmy at

80th Annual Highland Gathering and Games, Orange County Fair & County Event Center, Costa Mesa May 26-27
My husband, Mike, and I hosted the Clan Bell tent at this grand event. On Saturday and Sunday Clan Bell participated in the Clan march and the Gathering of the Clans. We would like to thank Karen Frey,

The solo piping competition; Sheepdog demonstrations; heavy athletics competition; Highland dance demonstrations; childrens games; British car show; the Parade of Bands and Clans; the SW Pipe Band Championship Competition; and the Ceilidh and Feast were all part of the events on Saturday. On Sunday, there was an Iona Worship Service, Iona Tea & Scones fellowship, and then all the events mentioned from Saturday were carried into Sunday. Wed like to invite you to next years event at Lyon College in Batesville, Arkansas to be held April 12-14, 2013. Sharon and I would love to have you visit or help host at our Clan Bell canopy.

Jeffery Bell, Arkansas Commissioner

long-time member of Clan Bell, for volunteering as a tent warrior and for marching with us in the Clan parade. Karen is knowledgeable about the history of Clan Bell International and the Clan Bell presence in southern California. We were very glad to have her expertise and help. We had excellent weather for our second foray into hosting the tent, and we were in a great location: right next to the entrance to one of the Celtic marketplace buildings, within caber-throwing distance of the heavy athletics field; and front and center for the Edinburgh Festival Stage which featured performances by the Granada Hills High School Highlanders marching band, the 1st Marine Division Band, LA Fife & Drums, LA Police Emerald Society Pipe Band among other entertainments. All of which meant Clan Bell had a high profile! I would like to extend a hearty welcome to two new members: Robert T. Speirs and Janet Lynne Alexander and family. Editorial Comment: The Adventures of California Stephanie Adams are continued on the next page.

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San Diego Scottish Highland Games & OREGON Eugene Scottish Festival, North Gathering of the Clans, Brengle Terrace Park, Vista - June 23-24 Eugene High School, Eugene - May 19

I was so proud to be representing Clan Bell as Mike and I led the Clan parade with our new Clan Bell crest banner. Ray Bell kindly gave us permission to reproduce his beautiful rendition of the crest, and it turned out wonderfully well backed by the Bell of the Borders tartan. It was aweinspiring to follow the Nicholson pipe band into the Clan area. As we approached the grandstand, Clan Bell was announced and I got to shout out: I beir the Bel! I had goosebumps the whole time! At the tent, we met quite a few Bells and Bell descendants who were not yet aware of Clan Bell International. We made sure that they came away with all of the handouts they could carry and a better understanding of the Bell Clan and the place of the Bells on the border and all over the world. One especially poignant example was the young Bell whose parents had recently divorced. His eyes were huge and he was speechless with excitement when he found out he was part of a larger family of Bells. You could see that he knew he had found an extended family and heritage to which he is connected. His experience reminded me of my own incredible aha moment when I learned about Clan Bell, and my commitment as a tent warrior was strengthened by this remarkable encounter. Many thanks to Doris Greeson who volunteered to help us in the tent. She is a real trouper in the best tradition of Clan Bell, keeping her commitment to work as a tent warrior even though she was in pain from a strained neck. She embodies the best of the Clan Bell Descendents motto: Nolite Tradere - never give up! Mike and I are looking forward to hosting the Clan Bell tent at the Seaside Highland Games on October 12-14.

Another year of organizing culminates in a successful and fun 10th Annual Eugene Scottish Festival! Im so glad the weather held for the weekend.It was a warm 70 degree day without any wind (so I was attempting to soak up as much sun as I could between the periodic waves of high filtering clouds), and we had a steady stream of a couple thousand visitors enjoy the clans, vendors, music and food throughout the day.Not bad at all for the first year in a new location! Now its back to Oregons familiar rain and temps in the 50s in the week following the festival, and a reprieve of a few months to enjoy the rest of the Scottish Season before returning to planning next years festival.

Karrisa Beal, Oregon Commissioner

SOUTH CAROLINA Scottish Games & Highland Festival Furman University, Greenville May 25-26
An old friend of the Ginns and clan president of Clan Sinclair (USA), Mel Sinclair, kept inviting us to the Greenville games, saying they (1) needed our presence and (2) that we would thoroughly enjoy participating in this particular Scottish gathering. So Pauline and I decided early in the year on a trip returning home in North Carolina from Atlanta that we would scout out the city of Greenville to see what it offered in the way of ambience or whatever that would encourage us to set up a Clan Bell tent in Greenville, South Carolina. That casual drive-thru gave us enough encouragement that we decided to opt in for their gathering in late May.

Greenville is a nice smaller city with a lot of southern charm; it is also a city that began to transform itself in the 1980s into a charming, family friendly city that includes the downtown itself! Though the games are held on the gorgeous grounds of Furman University, the big Saturday games begin with a huge Friday evening Scottish Parade that wound through downtown streets lined with thousands of cheering and appreciative people. Lined up in the parade were at least 50 separate units/clans, the Marine Band, the local National Guard Unit band, pipe and drum bands made up of some 400+ pipers, local officials and celebrities. Honored participants also included the Clan Chief of the Games, the Duke of Hamilton (Alexander Douglas Hamilton--the Premier Peer of Scotland and Keeper of the Palace of Holyrood House), the Earl and Countess of Eglington and Winton, the Chief of Clan Montgomery, Andrew Viscount Dunrossil and Mark J. Harden, the Baron of Cowdenknowes. Of course, the convener of the games, Mr. & Mrs. Mel Sinclair were there! The townspeoples turnout and support is astounding and surprised us greatly! Saturdays games on Furmans beautiful campus and athletic fields were more significant than the usual as they were the 2012 Heavy Athletics World Masters Championship, an event that alternates among Canada, the United States and Europe. Participation and attendance rewarded the participants, visitors and vendors alike. Activities throughout the day included a Falconry exhibition, a jump-in by Special Forces sky-divers, the usual Border collie demonstrations as well as several world records being set by both men and women in the World championship events that could be watched from the clan tent. While we were never able to actually talk with Mel Sinclair, to thank him, we do want to congratulate him and his incredible team on the outstanding support they provided to each clan at this most outstanding gathering; it was as good as it gets! We plan to go back! Why not join us there in 2013. Thank you Greenville! Thank you Mel Sinclair for your persistence in inviting us!

David E. Bell, North Carolina Commissioner

Stephanie Adams, California Commissioner

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North Texas Irish and Celtic Festival Fair Park, Dallas - March 2-4
The North Texas Irish and Celtic Festival include a Scottish Village of clan tents. Clan Bell joined about 20 Scottish clans attending the event this year. This festival has become a major venue in the area for Celtic music and over 20 bands performed over the weekend. The Festival is held on the grounds of Fair Park in Dallas, the same venue for the Texas State Fair. The Irish and Scottish nature of the festival is a perfect opportunity to celebrate the Scots-Irish ancestry and history of many Bell families. This festival is one of the largest in attendance of its kind in the nation with 2012 attendance estimated at over 70,000 over the weekend.

Texas Scottish Festival & Highland Games Maverick Stadium, Arlington - May 4-6

shortbread competition on Sunday and Clan Bell member Gail Bell and new member John Bell served as judges. What a tough duty it was tasting competition shortbread! The festival as usual included amateur and professional Scottish heavy athletics competitions, Scottish dance competitions, and plenty of Scottish music. The musicians included fiddlers Brian ONeil and John Taylor, who held what has now become a Festival tradition Saturday night fiddle jam session that is extremely well attended. Helping out at the Clan Bell tent this year was: John Bell of Huntsville, Texas; John and Jeanie Beal of Little Elm, Texas; and Matt and Gail Bell of Richardson, Texas.

Kenneth Bell, Oklahoma/Texas Commissioner

Scottish Highland Games & Celtic Gathering, Bridgeport City Park, Clarksburg - May 4-6
The 20th Annual Texas Scottish Festival was held the first weekend in May at Maverick Stadium on the University of Texas Arlington campus near Dallas and Fort Worth. This is the largest attended Scottish festival in the southwest. Clan Bell was a patron sponsor of the event. Saturday turned out the be a great warm, but perfectly clear Texas day as Clan Bell joined about 30 other clans in the opening ceremony parade of clans. Clan member Jeanie Beal coordinated the Could there be a Scottish Heritage Festival without rain? Not in the mid-Atlantic United States! Not on the first weekend of May! Despite the drizzle during most of our one-day gathering, it did not dampen the spirits of Saturdays participants and visitors. The Scottish Heritage Society of North Central West Virginia puts on a great local festival for the preponderance of Scotch-Irish in these Appalachian hills, and the enthusiasm was palpable from the youngest to the oldest in attendance!

The festivities began with setup on Friday afternoon, followed by a Ceilidh that night. Setup continued on Saturday morning with guests entering the park at 9:00. Bridgeport City Park is located in a small glen behind the school complex, across a shaded creek. A wide bridge leads to a parking lot, beyond which are basketball and tennis courts on the left, and a baseball field on the right. From the paved lot, the road continues between these fields, ending at the center of two soccer fields placed end-toend, one on the left and the other on the right. The park is bounded by the creek on the right bordering the paved lot and baseball field, and looping around the far side of the soccer fields. The left of the park is bounded by hills where a working railroad chugs through the trees that surround the entire arena. It is a perfect venue! One of the distinct advantages of this four-state area is its proximity to many pipe and drum bands, and we were again well-entertained this year. From their assembly area behind the high school, the bands paraded across the bridge and through the parking area where the food vendors were stationed. They continued between the sports fields, where dancing, weaponry, and piping competition performed on the left, and beyond a Scottish coo and her calf on the right, the main stage where the modern Scottish bands Rathkeltair, Iona, and The Rogues entertained at home plate to an audience sitting on bleachers between first and third bases. The bands finally organized on the near side of the right-hand soccer field, with the Scottish heavy athletics competition beyond. On the left was the clan village arrayed in an arc, and beyond, border collies worked their sheep. The rain kicked in right on schedule at about 10:00, and continued off and on, lightly through the day; it was definitely an event for soggy feet. I was joined by Colorado Games Commissioner Robert Bell before the crowds arrived, and was uplifted by his

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To which the audience, somewhat surprised, responded with raucous laughter and applause. I lost out to an elderly Cameron (Allan) from Glasgow, now living in Parkersburg, West Virginia, whose clan was next to us, and who had whiled away most of the afternoon in our tent munching cookies! It was great fun, as was the whole day, despite the damp, and we broke at around 5:00 to rest up for the parade and the Kirkin o the Tartan service on Sunday morning.
Thomas M. Bell, West Virginia Commissioner

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capable and gracious assistance throughout the day. Bob is far more experienced at this than me, and because my wife, Karen, and sister, Lisa Bell-Wade (who travelled from Cincinnati with her children, Sarah and Sam) did not arrive until after the rain started, Bob provided invaluable assistance. He was as affable a clansman as he was knowledgeable in the tent! We decorated our white tent with blue tablecloths, on which we interspersed Scottish baked goods with some of the books wed been reading about the border reiving period. Lisa and her children had brought home-made shortbread and Abernathy Biscuits, the latter being an unusual caraway and lemon zest-flavored concoction that only a true Scotsman would enjoy (most did!). Karen had made two versions of oatmeal cookies, one with raisins, the other with butterscotch morsels. As usual, these were a big hit with the visitors, with parents usually being coaxed by their children to sample things. We decorated the outside with an eight-foot tripod of blue-spiraled white poles fashioned to look like lances, on top of which rested our reivers helm (a bassinet), with a lowland claymore suspended from the middle. We made a ten-foot version of the lances from which

we suspended our Bell banner for the clan parade at 11:00. The kids carried it, and Bob and I followed carrying the Bell of the Borders flag and the claymore. Lisa snapped pictures while Karen worked the tent. In all, it was a great day. I took second in the bonnie knees contest, not so much for my knees, but for the rhyme I composed while waiting my turn. The lady judges had asked each lad to say a word or more about their knees, by which to judge them for more than appearance, and at my turn I stepped upon the half-barrel, raised my kilt a bit and asked innocently, You want to hear about my knees? A pause, then I continued These are me bonnie knees, I dont know why thinterest you so These are me bonnie knees, Theyre with me where ere I go. These are me bonnie knees, Theyve taen me through rain, sleet, and snow. These are me bonnie knees, Oer yon, to hither, and fro. These are me bonnie knees, Theyve been fast to some I know, But now well in my middle age, Theyre the reason I go so slow.

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BULLETIN BOARD - Officer/Commissioner Notices

Posted on May 22 by Ken Bell, Oklahoma/Texas Commissioner: I was not able to attend the Iron Thistle Festival in Yukon, Oklahoma as planned due to personal issues and could not get anyone else to coordinate the tent hosting, so I am now planning to attend the September 14-16, Oklahoma Scotfest at the River West Festival Park in Tulsa, Oklahoma. John Beal and I are planning to host the tent at this Festival

Posted on May 25 by Kent Bell, California Commissioner: I have added an additional venue to my list since the last issue of Nabelich: I will be hosting the Clan Bell tent at the September 1-2, Scottish Highland Games at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton, California. We will be there and hope other California Bells will join us! Posted on June 29 by Karissa Beals, Oregon Commissioner: I need to let you all know that, although it has been a true honor serving as state commissioner these past 10 years, I now need to step down as the Oregon Commissioner for Clan Bell International. My father was my mothers care-giver, then he became ill this past winter/spring . . . He passed away on Fathers Day and I am now in the roll of care-giver for my mother (who is blind) and will no longer be able to go away on my own to all the far-away Highland Games around the state (especially without my Dad as co-pilot to keep me awake on those long trips). Also, I have a new email address ( and phone number (541-673-1613). Lets keep in touch!

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Patricia Joanne Ginn Gregston, 81.

Born July 23, 1930; passed away April 3, 2012 at the St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She married Glen Dale Gregston on December 9, 1950 in Concordia, Kansas. The couple lived in Louisiana and Texas before moving to Tulsa. They raised three children, two sons who now reside in Texas with their families and a daughter with family who lives in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. Pat graduated from Concordia Public High School where she led the school band as its Majorette. Before marriage she worked for the Southwestern Bell Telephone Company in Concordia, Kansas as a telephone operator. Pat was a proud homemaker, and until her long term illness limited her involvement, she was an active volunteer at the local and state levels for the American Red Cross and the Girl Scouts of America. She is survived by her husband of 61 years, Dale; a brother, Ward (Bud) Ginn, CBI Vice President; sons, Bruce and Mark; daughter, Lisa; eight grandchildren and four great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and two sisters.

remodels, and many local businesses and residences, including his own and his parents' homes. Jack was an avid University of Oregon Duck fan, a member of the UO Alumni Association, and a Duck Athletic Fund donor. He was an American Patriot, an NRA member, a world traveler, a long time member of Kiwanis International in Roseburg, a Scottish Laird, and a member of numerous Scottish family associations including Clan Bell International and Clan Gordon. He was also a devoted spouse, and a loving father and grandfather. Jack is survived by his wife of 55 years, Gerri; daughters, Susan, Julie and Karissa; and grandchildren, Stephanie and Kevin. A private graveside service is planned for family only. A Wake will be held at the Celtic Highland Games in Winston in August. Interment will be at Lane Memorial Gardens in Eugene, OR.

one of the very early members of Britain's Women's Royal Air Force. In addition to CBI, Dennis was also a member of the Fife Family History Society and wrote articles for their quarterly publication in Scotland as well as for ours. CBI has lost a Crown Jewel. He is survived by wife Margaret, son Ian (Rhysa) and mother Jean Hunter, Duncan.

Jane Ulrich Janes daughter, Carolyn, has notified us that

her mother passed away on March 11, 2012 in Jackson, Missouri. Jane and her husband, Eugene, became members of CBI in March 2008.

Dennis Neil Bell, 69.

Born April 21, 1943; passed away June 27, 2012 at the Royal Columbian Hospital. Dennis started his news career in Calgary at the Herald. He also worked for the Albertan, Vancouver Times, Globe and Mail, Canadian Press, MacMillan Bloedel, the Vancouver Province and BCTV. He was named the Canadian Representative for CBI in 1999. Dennis was a second-generation Canadian. His father was born in Canada, but his grandfather, Alexander Bell, was born in Largo, Fife, and emigrated to Western Canada from Scotland around 1910. His grandmother, Cecilia Blackwood Thomson Bell, was born in Edinburgh and followed her husband across the Atlantic in 1913. Both of them returned to Britain at the outbreak of the First World War in 1914 -- he with Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry, while she was

The CBI members extend their deepest sympathy to the loved ones of those on our Flowers of the Forest roll.

Jack Kennard Beals, 81.

Born in Roseburg, Oregon on June 1, 1931. Passed away on June 17, 2012 in his home. Jack served in the US Air Force, graduated from University of Oregon, and maintained an architectural practice in Roseburg since 1969. He was founder and owner of Jack K. Beals, AIA Architects since 1981 and member of the American Institute of Architects. He designed the Roseburg City Hall, the Memorial to Veterans in front of the Douglas County Courthouse, numerous building additions and

Flowers Of the Forest

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In March 2012 the city of Whitehorse, NWT, Canada, hosted the Arctic Winter Games. Attending those games were participants from America, Canada, Russia, Iceland, and several other nations. One of the participants was a member of the Bell Clan., Andrew M. Bell is a resident of Kugluktuk, Nunavut and set a new world record of 10.95meters in the open male triple jump. The previous record was 10.51 meters set by Alexander Shernakov of Team Yamal at the 2004 games in Wood Buffalo, Alberta. may be the Clan Bell member living in the farthest northern location. The Arctic Winter Games is an international biennial celebration of circumpolar sports and culture. (Kugluktuk is located on the shore of the Arctic Ocean, NU, Canada)


Lyon College Piper Major James "Jimmy" Bell won the overall professional title at the 26thUnited States Piping Foundation Amateur and Professional Piping Championships held June 16 at the University of Delaware in Newark, N.J. Bell took the overall title by winning the professional piobaireachd (literally meaning piping or act of piping)competition and finishing second in the professional march, strathspey, and reel competition. The professional competitor with the highest point accumulation from the piobaireachd and MSR competitions receives the USPF Silver Buckle.addition to prize money, the overall winner also receives trans-Atlantic airfare to Scotland if he is eligible to compete in the Northern Meeting Clasp or the Argyllshire Gathering Senior Piobaireachd. Bell is pipe major of the Lyon College Pipe Band and director of the Scottish Heritage Program at Lyon. "I have been trying to win this event for over 20 years," Bell said. "I am very pleased with the weekend's results." There were 11 pipers from throughout North America in the amateur events, and 12 in the professional events.

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A Short and Sweet Scottish-Themed Puzzle Across 1. Boys in Kilts 5. Scottish Hillsides 6. Kilt Wearer 7. Language of Scotland 8. Kilties Pattern 9. No, to a Kilt Wearer 11. Kilt Topper 13. A John of Scotland 14. Tartan Group Down 1. A Wee Missy 2. Braveheart Dying Word 3. Roy Rob Portrayer (1995) 4. Worsted Fabric 8. Kilt Crease 10. Scottish Port 12. Kilt Wearing Rock Star See Page 17 for the Puzzle Key

NABELICH April-June 2012| 17 time. We are bound to respect their privacy and handle all arrangements ourselves, not through third party travel agents or guides. Blackethouse is situated in the small village of Eaglesfield, a short distance from the A74 motorway between Lockerbie and Gretna Green in southwest Scotland. By automobile, Blackethouse is just over an hours drive from Edinburgh via the motorway. A more scenic route from Edinburgh is the two lane A7 which takes you south via Galashiels, Selkirk, Hawick and to Lanholm from which you can either travel the shorter cross country route through Bigholms and Waterbeck to Eaglesfield or the longer route by motorway to Longtown, Gretna Green and then northwest to Eaglesfield. You are now in the heart of Bell Country whose many attractions are well worth at least a two-day visit. If you are planning an overnight stay, we recommend two hotels in nearby Ecclefechan which is just 4 miles from Eaglesfield near the A74 motorway. The Kirkconnel Hotel features en-suite accommodations with rates ranging from 55 to 75 (vat included). To make arrangements, phone John or Carol Shaw at 011-44-157-630-0265 or fax: 011-44-157-630-0277. Situated just off junction 19 of the A74 in Ecclefechan is the Cressfield Country House Hotel, once the home of Thomas Carlyle and a cousin of Winston Churchill who is believed to have been a frequent visitor. 65 for a family size room. For reservations, please contact either Nigel or Thelma Jackson by phoning 011-44157-630-0281. Just twenty-five miles south of Ecclefechan via the A74 is Carlisle, the first large city off the motorway in England. Among its many attractions are Carlisle Castle and Tullie House


If your vacation plans include a trip to Scotland this summer, you might want to consider a visit to Blackethouse, home to Clan Bells last recognized Chief, William Redcloak Bell. The current owners of Blackethouse are James and Katherine Vivers. The Vivers and the Clan Bell International Association have a standing agreement permitting Association members to visit the property under certain conditions. To visit Blackethouse, you must make your own arrangements with the owners. DO NOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES venture onto the Vivers property without an appointment and permission. The owners will not honor a request from a travel agent or guide, only from a Bell, no matter the spelling. The Vivers address is Blackethouse, Eaglesfield, Lockerbie, DG11 3AA. They can be contacted by telephone from the United States by calling 011-44-146-150-0412 (or 0146-150-1412 within Scotland). If you wish, CBI President William Bell or Vice President Bud Ginn will contact the Vivers for you. It is suggested that once in Scotland, you telephone the Vivers at least a day before your visit to confirm arrangements and the time of your visit. The Vivers are very nice people and are most cooperative about allowing us to visit Blackethouse. They have and continue to be very generous in sharing Blackethouse with us as well as their

Map of Carlisle Museum, both well worth a visit for those interested in the history of the Border, particularly the Reiver period. Tullie House has a great gift shop featuring many Reiver items, books, maps, slides and videos. For more information on Tullie House, please visit its web site at

The Puzzle Key

Cressfield Country House Hotel in Ecclefechan

The Cressfield has 10 attractively furnished rooms and an intimate dining room with a full faire and an excellent wine list. Rates are 45 for single; 55 for a

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A number of our members are receiving the Clan Bell International newsletter, NABELICH, via their email addresses on the very day that When you receive it electronically, you have the advantage of receiving your copy of the newsletter at least two weeks before those who receive it via US Mail. With the electronic version of the newsletter, you get to see the photos in color when available and you have the option of printing out copies from the pdf file that you receive via email. It saves the organization printing and mailing expenses when you opt to receive your copy electronically. If you are not presently receiving the electronic version of our NABELICH newsletter and you would like to be added to the email distribution list, please notify Alta Ginn at