By Bernie Bell
Reading Poetry Corner in TON https://theorkneynews.scot/2019/06/23/poetry-corner-back-oer-the-border/ , I remembered this – our own connection with Bannockburn.
My husband, Mike, is a Bell, descended from the Burley Laird, aka ‘Old Bell’, who fought on the side of Robert the Bruce.
What follows is a typescript of an extract from a letter by an ancestor of Mike’s, Lt. Colonel George Bell, writing to his sweetheart, Hattie, when he was posted in Nova Scotia (Scotland/Nova Scotia connection), telling of his ancestor, the Burley Laird, George Bell
We’re pretty sure we have a picture of Blacket Hall, somewhere, but can’t find it!
As for the lands at Annandale – nothing to do with the Bell family anymore – in fact, I think there’s a big motorway service station on part of it!