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Tartan Details - Border Bell

The information held within The Scottish Register of Tartans for the "Border Bell" tartan is shown below. 

STA ref: 370
STWR ref: 370
Designer: Scarlett MBE, James
Tartan date: 01/01/1986
Registration date: This tartan was recorded prior to the launch of The Scottish Register of Tartans.
Category: Name
Registration notes: Initiated by May Roberts (now Madam McKerrell of Hillhouse) in 1986 as a tartan for Irving Bell, Executive Director of Clan Bell Descendants and designed by James Scarlett, MBE. It was originally known as Blackethouse Bell, (Blackethouse being the former chiefly home of the Bells) and registered with the Scottish Tartans Society in 1897; however, the then Chief Apparent, Douglas Bell, CBE, petitioned the Lord Lyon in 1988 to change the name as the term "Blackethouse" was to be reserved for a Chief of the Bells, when appointed. Lyon approved the request. The ownership of the tartan, then named Bell South, changed when Inving Bell sold Clan Bell Descendants to Clan Bell International. From that time, the Bell South tartan has been the third Clan Bell tartan.
Information notes: Sample in Scottish Tartans Authority Johnston Collection.
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