Clan Bell Places & People

Clan Bell People

Alexander Graham Bell

Alexander Graham Bell

Born on March 3, 1847 in Edinburgh, Bell is best known for his invention of the telephone however he was a remarkable character and brilliant inventor who came up with many inventions such as an air-cooling system, a way of desalinating sea-water and a sorting machine for punch-coded census cards. His father, Alexander Melville Bell, developed Visible Speech, a method of teaching speech to the deaf, Alexander carried on this work and taught the young Helen Keller.

Many other inventors had been working on the idea of sending human speech by wire, but Bell improved upon these developments to the conventional telegraph, the “harmonic telegraph” could send more than one message at a time over a single telegraph wire. Bell realised that it may be possible to pick up all the sounds of the human voice using an adaptation of this idea. a recognisable voice was first transmitted in 1875 and his telephone was patented on March 7, 1876.

Clan Bell Places

Blacket Tower

The Ancestral Home of the Bell Clan.  Blacket-House, also known as Blackwood House is  a ruined tower in Middlebie parish, Dumfriesshire, with the date 1404 and the initials W[illiam] B[ell] above its outer doorway. Said to be home of Bell, who killed “fair Helen of Kirkconnel Lea“.

There are records that a John Bell of Blackwoodhouse settled near Middlebie sometime at the beginning of the 15th Century.   The Tower is thought to date from the later half go the 16th Century.