Rev John Bell The Elder, b c 1560, d 25th March 1641. Minister of Cardross, Minister of Glasgow 1594 (Senior Minister of the Kirk), Rector of Glasgow University, Moderator of the 1638 General Assembly. There is a portrait.

From Charters & Documents Relating to the City of Glasgow 1175-1649, Part I (1897): John Bell 'had charge' of the western quarter of the City 1594-1603, of the eastern quarter from 1604-1606 and the northern quarter from 1607-1641.

From Extracts from the Records of the Burgh of Glasgow, 1914: Rev John Bell to be paid 300 marks 'for his supply to the payment of Elizabeth Bell his dochteris tocher'. Also various payments to Master John Bell the Elder and Master John Bell the Younger (his son) between 1607 and 1630.

From Old Church Life in Scotland, Andrew Edgar: George Young, Minister in Mauchline (by the way, a Covenanter) married 1635 (second) Elizabeth Bell, youngest daughter of John Bell the Elder

James Bell, d before 1638, Baillie of Glasgow (deputy Provost), Dean of Guild, Burgess, Merchant; m Christian Wymss; it's likely that she was the daughter of Minister David Wymss,
spouse Christen Jameson, son William Wemis, who were in dispute with the town over a tenancy in 1608 (Burgh Council records).
James was Dean of Guild for many of the years between 1600 and 1620, and frequently sent as Commissioner on the town's business.
William Bell, merchant of Linlithgow, m Marie Mylne

Rev John Bell the Younger, AM, d 1640 (not quite secure) Minister in Glasgow. Married Margaret Wilkie.

From Charters & Documents Relating to the City of Glasgow 1175-1649, Part I (1897): John Bell 'had charge' of the western quarter of the City, probably in 1628.

Translated to Eaglesham in 1631, and to Blackfriars (College) Church, 9th March 1636 (Burgh Council records); died 20th February 1640

From Extracts from the Records of the Burgh of Glasgow, 1914: 6th October 1627, Master John Bell the Younger to help in the Metropolitan Kirk; 1st November 1628, given money; 18th July 1629, Master John Bell, Minister, and Patrick Bell (Provost of Glasgow at various times) appointed as inspectors of the Grammar School (could be John Bell the Elder).

Elizabeth Bell, m 1635 George Young, Minister in Maunchline

DAVID BELL 1656 CC8/8/68 see below


Joan Bell, m Beasons

Patrick Bell, d in London in (possibly) 1640, m Margaret Inglis 1st February 1618 at Provosthaugh, merchant, Provost, Baillie. James Inglis, presumed to be Margaret's father, was Provost for most of the period 1610-1620. A son, James, b 1621 at Provosthaugh, died by 1621.
Patrick Bell was a prominent servant of the City of Glasgow for many years. Between 1625 and 1640 he is mentioned in the City Council Minutes at least 30 times,
nominated as Provost on four occasions, and Baillie in many of the intervening years. Consistently, it is Patrick who is sent as Commissioner to this or that major assembly. He was also a very successful merchant, and on at least a couple of occasions his commercial plans seem to have conflicted with the City's goals; but the problems seem to have been dealt with quite smoothly.

The trip to London on which he died in 1640 may have been on personal business rather than the City's affairs. But there is a Scottish Parliament note dated 29th July 1641 in which Patrick, as Provost of Glasgow and Commissioner, makes a procedural point.
In 1648, Margaret Inglis, her son James Bell and Patrick's brother James Bell lent the the town 11,000 marks towards the purchase of lands owned by Lord Blantyre over which the Burgh had an option ('teyndis of the personadge of Glasgow').

James Bell, d 1655, merchant, Provost, baillie. He married Isabel Campbell on 6th October 1624 at Provosthaugh. James first appears in the minutes of the City Council in 1836 when he is appointed Baillie; after that he figures frequently either as Baillie, Dean of Guild, and eventually after his brother's death, as Commissioner. He was Provost in 1648. See below for his will of 1658.
In the 1640s, James Bell and Coline Campbell are frequently acting together on the Burgh's business. A tree was cut down in the churchyard at his burial place in 1656.

John Bell

Will 1658 CC9/7/32
See below

James Bell, Robert Bell, Minister at Dalry,
burgess (see
report.aspx?compid=47759); given £100 in 1635 by the council to buy books etc
Dorothy Bell    


James Bell, b 1621 at Provosthaugh; merchant, burgess, married Jonet Rae; four children; d 1677; conveyed land in Glasgow to the Burgh in 1662. Known as James Bell of Dunsyston. See will below
Seven children, of which three were called James were born; maybe none survived since no James is mentioned in the will. Robert Rae is frequently in office between 1660 and 1680; presumably a close relative of Jonet Rae.

Patrick Bell, b 1623 at Provosthaugh; merchant, Baillie; owned Cowcaddens; m Marie or Marie-Jonet Campbell, 25th October 1649 at Provosthaugh; frequently mentioned on the town's business in 1662-1664 Sir John Bell of Hamilton Farm, b 1624 at Provosthaugh; Provost of Glasgow ten times, merchant, Baillie; m Janet Campbell, 1st March 1649 at Provosthaugh. See below for details of his house in Glasgow - Provosthaugh? He starts to appear in Burgh Council records in 1652 and is already a Baillie in that year.
A son, John Bell, b 1654, died in infancy.
Robert Bell, b 1627 at Provosthaugh William Bell, b 1628 at Provosthaugh Dorothy Bell, b 1628 at Provosthaugh, m John Young, Professor of Philosophy Patrick Bell, b 1630 at Provosthaugh, m Margaret Hamilton Margaret Bell, b 1632 at Provosthaugh ? Bell, b 1634 at Provosthaugh

Issobell Bell, b 1639 at Provosthaugh, m John Wilkie, owner of Broomhouse; NB not clear how Issobell could have married him after Grizal; perhaps it's his son?

See below, will 1658

? Bell, b 1641 at Provosthaugh James Bell, b 1646; three previous brothers called James had died. Robert Bell, b 1648 at Provosthaugh Janet Bell, b 1641 at Provosthaugh, m John Young, Professor of Philosophy Grizal Bell, b 1625 at Provosthaugh, m 1. John Wilkie, owner of Broomhouse; m 2. (issue)

Alexander Bell, d 1677, Notary Public, Town Clerk of Linlithgow; owner of Antermony;

Will 1677, see below

(From a newspaper article) Antermony House belonged to the Flemming family from the 1420s. It was sold by Lord Flemming in 1664 to Alexander Bell, a lawyer and burgess of Glasgow, and the old house was rebuilt. The estate was bought by the Lennox family in 1768. Charles Macintosh (inventor of the raincoat) used Antermony House as a country retreat until his death in 1843. The old house was demolished in the 20th century.

Marion Bell, d c 1683, m Andrew Ker, appointed joint Town Clerk with his brother-in-law Alexander Bell in 1667 or 1668 Christan Bell, b & d 1634
James Bell, bibliotechar to University; see as above, 1663 James Young Issobel Bell, b 1665 James Wilkie James Bell, b 1658, d c 1685, owned Antermony; a TD is available, not yet downloaded.

Patrick Bell, b 1661, d 4th July 1722, owned Antermony, m Annabelle Stirling. Minister of Monteith and perhaps previously of Kirkpatrick.

See notes below.

An action in 1687: Extract act ic. Eupham and Christian Craufurd, daughters of the deceased Alexander Craufurd, merchant burgess of Edinburgh, and Captain Patrick Wiseheart, spouse of said Christian, v Mr Patrick Bell, minister at Kirkpatrick, brother of the late James Bell of Auchtermonie [Antermony], upon a bond by the said James to denude himself of apprising GD47/66

William Bell, b 1662, Notary Public, Town Clerk of Linlithgow, m Katherine Hamilton John Bell, b 1663 Dorothy Bell, b 1665 Alexander Bell, b 1667  

Margret Bell, b 1651, Glasgow

Patrick Bell b 1652, Glasgow John Bell, b 1654, Gllasgow Jonet Bell, b 1656, Glasgow Marie Bell, b 1653 Margaret Bell b 1655 Patrick Bell, b 1657, at Provosthaugh, m Janet Nisbet, 30th June 1696 at Provosthaugh Robert Bell, b 1659 at Provosthaugh James Bell, b 1665 at Provosthaugh Margaret Bell, b 1649, d before 1706, m James Johnston, Doctor of Medicine Janet Bell, b 1652, d 1736, m John Herbertson, Merchant, d before 1736 John Bell, b 1659

Collin Bell, b 1660, farmer, owned Hamilton Farm

It seems likely that it is this Colin Bell and his brother James Bell who are mentioned in the City records in 1688 as being made Captains of two of the companies formed for military purposes. See below.

In that case, Colin Bell was a Baillie.

Will 1719 , see below

James Bell, b 1662, d before 1729, owned Hamilton Farm, m Margaret Fleming, d April 1729.

It seems likely that it is this James Bell and his brother Colin Bell who are mentioned in the City records in 1688 as being made Captains of two of the companies formed for military purposes. See below.

Patrick Bell, b 1664 (two previous brothers called Patrick died in infancy) Robert Bell, b 1666, Episcopal Minister Jonet Bell, b 1669 Mary Bell, b 1672



Grizel Bell, b 1687, d 1767, m David Brown 23rd January 1730 in Campsie, Stirlingshire, d before 1767
John Bell, b 1691, Physician, d 1st July 1780 at Antermony, which he owned; m 1746 Mary Peters, d 14th May 1802; John Bell's TT can be viewed, 5 pages, not yet downloaded. See notes below about his father; John Bell travelled in Russia and his wife is said in some sources to be Russian, but this seems unlikely. There is an extensive account of his travels in Electric Scotland. Alexander Bell, d before 1722 Alexander Bell, Notary Public, Town Clerk of Linlithgow (resigned 1666)  
Anna Brown, b 1732, d before 1766 Kathrine Brown, b 1732, d before 1766 Michael Bell, Notary Public, Town Clerk of Linlithgow (resigned 1666)
Mary Bell, b 1697 at Provosthaugh
Margarit Bell, b 1702 at Provosthaugh, m John MacLaurin, b 1693, d 1754 Janet Bell, b 1704 at Provosthaugh Marion Bell, b 1706 at Provosthaugh Patrick Bell, d after 1760, owned Cowcaddens, m Mary Hamilton 22nd April 1734 at Provosthaugh, she died December 1760


Patrick Bell, m Jean Lennox John Bell, writer Robert Bell Colin Bell Mary Bell, owned Hamilton Farm




John Bell
  Janet Bell, b April 1739 at Provosthaugh Margaret Bell, b 1640 at Provosthaugh



Cowcaddens: this once agricultural area, or at least part of it,was acquired by the Bells in the early 17th century; it now forms part of metropolitan Glasgow. The original district lay on either side of the present Cowcaddens Road. There was a Cowcaddens House, lived in by the family; it is long gone. Cowcaddens' history is very comprehensively described in the transactions of the Old Glasgow Club, 1920-1922. The Bells were avid purchasers of land in and around Glasgow which they foresaw would increase in value. Provosthaugh, where very many of the family were born, lived and died (see above) was nearer to the centre of the City, and was eventually donated to the City to form part of the Green. As can be seen above, members of the family were very prominent in civic affairs; during the 17th century the name Bell occurs almost more than any other in the lists of Provosts, Baillies etc. There were however other Bell families, both merchant and divine, who on the evidence did not directly take part in civic affairs.


About Sir John Bell's house in Glasgow:

Provost Bell's house, in which he is said to have entertained the Duke of York (afterwards James VII.) on his visit to Glasgow in October, 1681, was situated on the south side of Bridgegate and west side of Saltmarket Street. In an instrument of sasine, dated 25 October, 1657, in favor of John Bell, provost, and his spouse, Jonet Campbell, daughter of Colin Campbell, elder, a former provost, part of the property is described as lying on the "south syd of the Briggait," and bounded by streets on the north and east, and "the burne of Mollendinor on the south" (William Yair's MS. Protocols, 1657–60, f. 236). On 7th July, 1719, James Bell, of Hamilton Ferme, made up a title as heir of his father, John Bell, of Hamilton Ferme, sometime provost of Glasgow (MS. Sasine Reg., 1719–21, f. 16). In 1797 the property, then belonging to Laurence Coulter and Janet Coulter, his sister, was purchased by the Town Council with a view to opening up and so far straightening Saltmarket Street southward (Inventory of Writs, II., b. 5, lot 12); and after the improvement was effected the Town Council sold the surplus ground in 1815. The corner property, fronting Bridgegate and Saltmarket, part of the ground which Provost Bell purchased in 1657, was recently reacquired by the corporation of Glasgow, for the purposes of the Improvements Act of 1897. (Purchase No. 96.)
About three years after the purchase of 1659, John Bell, "sometime provost," and Jonet Campbell, his spouse, acquired an adjoining property, which is described in a sasine dated 7th May, 1662, as lying on the south side of Bridgegate, and "bounded between the lands now belonging to the said John Bell on the east, the burn of Mollendinor on the south, and the lands now belonging to Mathew Wilsone on the west." This property was conveyed to the ex-provost and his spouse by James Bell of Duncystoune, merchant, burgess of Glasgow, with consent of (1) Mr. John Wilkie of Broomhous, for himself and as administrator for James Wilkie, son of him and his spouse, Isobeila Bell, who was a daughter of the late James Bell, sometime provost of Glasgow; and (2) Mr. Patrick Young, one of the regents of the college of Glasgow, for himself and for his spouse, Dorothia Bell, another daughter of the late provost James Bell. (William Yair's MS. Protocols, 1660–2, p. 178.)

From: 'Extracts from the records: 1664', Extracts from the Records of the Burgh of Glasgow vol. 3: 1663-1690 (1905), pp. 25-50. URL: Date accessed: 28 February 2010.


On Patrick Bell:

PATRICK BELL, LAIRD OF ANTERMONY (10 th S. ii. 487). The estate of Antermony, or more
properly Auchtermony, originally belonged to the Flemings, Earls of Wigtown, and was probably acquired
by Alexander Bell, the father of Patrick, before the middle of the seventeenth century. Alexander was suc-
ceeded by his eldest son James. Patrick Bell, the second son, studied and held a bursary in theology in the
University of Glasgow, 1G78-83. He became minister of the parish of Port of Menteith, May, 1683; succeeded his
brother in the paternal estate 1685 ; and was deprived of his benefice by the Privy Council in 1689,
for not reading the Proclamation of the Estates, 'not praying for their Majesties William and Mary, and not observing the
thanksgiving. As his successor in the parish was not appointed till 1697, it is probable that some understanding
was arrived at whereby Bell continued his ministrations till that date. When he left he carried off a quantity of the session
records with him, and refused to give them up until legal proceedings were taken against him in 1706. He
married Annabella, daughter of John Stirling, of Craigbarnard, and died 4 July, 1722, having had issue at least two sons:
Alexander, who died vitd patris, and John, who succeeded to Auchtermony. He was a merchant in Constantinople
and a distinguished traveller, and was sent by the Emperor of Russia on an embassy to Persia, 1715-18, and to China,
1717-22 He published 'Travels in Diverse Parts of Asia,' 2 vols. 4to, Glasgow, 1762-3, and died 1780. J. B. P.

The Rev. Patrick Bell, minister of Port of Menteith, born in or about 1660, studied and held a bursary of theology at
Glasgow University from 1678 to 1683. He was presented by Higgins of Craigforth to the living of Port,
to which he was admitted on 15 May, 1683. He was deprived of his benefice by the Privy Council on 3 October, 1689,
for not reading the Proclamation of the Estates, not praying for their Majesties William and Mary, and not
observing the thanksgiving. On 2 December, 1685, he was served heir to his brother James, who died without issue,
in the barony of Antermony (not Auterraony), in the parish of Campsie, Stirlingshire. They were sons of Alexander Bell,
a writer in Edinburgh, who had probably bought the property. This Alexander married, before 1657, a name-sake,
probably a relative, Grizel Bell, daughter of James Bell, Provost of Glasgow, whose wife was Isobel,
sister of Campbell of Blythswood. Grizel was one of Provost Bell's three daughters and heirs-portioners. The Provost
had a son Patrick, a merchant in Glasgow, who predeceased his sisters. He had married Margaret, daughter of
James Hamilton, of Dalziel. The Rev. Patrick married Annabella, daughter of John Stirling, of Craigbarne. They had
a son John and a daughter Grizel. John was born in 1691, and passed as a physician in 1713, and went into the Russian
service, and accompanied embassies from that country to Persia and China. He was a keen Asiatic traveller,
and was for some years in Constantinople. He wrote ' Travels from St. Petersburg to Various Parts of Asia.' In
1746 he married Mary Peters, and settled at Antermony, where he died, without issue, aged eighty-nine. The half-sister of Mary
Peters was Jane, daughter of Benjamin Vigor, of Fulham, who married the last Earl of Hyndford in the Scottish peerage, and died
in 1802, aged eighty-six. Dr. Bell sold Antermony to Capt. John Lennox, reserving, however, his life-rent. His sister Grizel married
a Mr. Brown and had two daughters, who were both dead by 1766, and are interred in the churchyard of Glasgow Cathedral.
See further Scott's 'Fasti,' ' The Retours,' ' Scots Lore,' and others there cited.


NB: There are wills (TDs and TTs) in the Glasgow Commissary Court records for a number of Patrick Bells (merchants and burgesses)
in the 17th century. We need to source and 'translate' these; they will be in secretary hand and not immediately understandable.

From: 'Extracts from the records: 1688', Extracts from the Records of the Burgh of Glasgow vol. 3: 1663-1690 (1905), pp. 407-419. URL:

16 October 1688.
Election of the officers to the ten companies.
The proveist, baillies and counsell being conveened, in persuance of the power granted to them be his Majesties privie councill, authorizeing and impowring them to raise and levie ten companies of men for the Kings service and secureing the peace of this city of Glasgow, and to appoint officeris to them, they have nominat and appointed and hereby nominats and appoints the persones following to be officeris of the saids ten companies, viz.:—Walter Gibsone, proveist, and James Gibsone, his brother, captaines, Duncan M'Lauchlan, merchand, and George Buntine, hammerman, livetennents, and James Cuming, merchand, to be ensigne to ane of the saids companies; and Colin Bell, baillie, James Bell, his brother, captaines, John Herbertsone and Patrick Bell, younger, merchands, livetennents, and James Scott, merchand, ensigne to ane of the saids companies;


Will of John Bell 1658 CC9/7/32, Glasgow Commissary Court; Testament and inventory of John Bell only lawful son of deceased Mr John Bell sometime minister in Glasgow. Margaret Wilky is widow, executrix and legatrix.

Being a young man and unmarried he had no moveable goods or property at time of his decease last January apart from some books and his clothing valued at £30

He was owed a total of £9,426 8s 4d from15 bonds, some interest, some principal

There follows the ‘deid’s letter and legacies’:

The first paragraph explains why he has made Margaret Wilky his executrix. His father had left her nothing although she ‘had given him the greatest part of his means’, and the marriage had clearly been difficult for her. All other children of the marriage had since died and he had inherited their portions and now felt that he could not leave her unprovided for.
He bequeathed her everything with full power to administer the estate. He left her anything that might fall due from his father’s estate and by the decease of James and Robert his brothers and Dorothy his sister, all dead. Also all household goods of his father, brothers and sister.

After her decease he gives James, Patrick and John, sons of Patrick Bell late provost, 4000 marks, two to James as eldest, one to each of others. This fits, but notice probable family connection.

To Issobell and Joane Barrs sisters to Margaret 500 marks each
To uncle Mr William Wilky and his children 2000 marks

To uncle Mr John Wilky and son James Wilky by Issobell Bell 1000 marks besides what else he is to get as his proportion of my heritage Meaning that there is a close family relationship; presumably there could not be a forced heirship via his mother (the sister of John Wilkie)? The easiest assumption is that Minister John Bell the Elder was the brother of James Bell, father of Patrick and James. Needs an expert in Scottish inheritance law!

To uncle Mr Zachariah Wilky, minister at Ellingshard, 1000 marks
Something to be given to poor at discretion of my cussing James Bell, Wm Wilky, my uncles, my mother Margaret Wilky Notice that he calls James Bell, presumably the son of Patrick Bell, 'cousin'.
Everything else to executrix


DAVID BELL 1656 CC8/8/68 Edinburgh Commissary Court

Testament dative of David Bell lawful son of Mr John Bell minister in Glasgow, inventory taken at time he died in January 1652 given up by Joan Beasons(???) to George Lock elder merchant burgess in Glasgow as lawful sister and only executrix. Perhaps this means that he had a sister Joan who married Beasons.

The inventory states that he had no goods, geir or sums of money, only a couple of bonds in sums of a few hundred pounds, to be deciphered.

The rubric is: son lawful to the deceased Mr. John Bell, elder, minister at Glasgow. Still, it's a bit speculative.


James Bell (brother of Patrick Bell and Provost), will of 1658 CC9/7/32 at Glasgow Commissary Court 13th March 1658: John Gray resident of Glasgow appeared for executrix Issabell Campbell

Inventory, taken at the time of his death in 1655, totalled £6,800, most of it in money, only £133 6s 8d was goods and household stuff; Debts owing to deceased totalled £8,587 2s 10d. The debts are listed in detail and include large loans to aristocrats such as My Lord and Lady Rosse, Lord Blantyre, two or three Earls and a couple of Lairds. The loans were in the thousands in several cases and interest due in the hundreds. Several amounts had been repaid in the intervening years since his death. He owed only £19 6s 8d. The deid’s part of the monies was given as £5,125 18s 8d

Deceased true will and legacies: Spouse Issabell Campbell nominated as executrix and principal legatee
Janet Bell, widow of Andrew Hale merchant, 400 marks to her and her children as judged expedient by James, Patrick and John Bell deceased’s nephews (but not to include his son, Patrick); indeed he has a son, Patrick, but htis wording suggests that there was a third brother called John, who had also died; and bearing in mind the existence of a daughter, Janet, perhaps this Janet, already a widow, was a sister.

Children of John Young merchant as follows: Robert Young £100, John Young 200 marks, daughter 500 marks; the money to be invested under sight of nephews and Mr Robert Govane; two of James's daughters appear to have married John Young, Professor of Philosophy. It is tempting to think that John Young might have married another sister of James, but then why not say so? Probably this is all just a result of the daughters' marriages.

Two children of William Wilson notary 200 marks as above; Children (four) of deceased William Robinson 1000 marks to be invested at sight of James and John Barnes (could be Barre) or any two of my friends
Children of deceased John Orre mariner by …… Clon? £200 to be invested as above. No clue about these.

James Bell my uncle’s son £200. Suggesting that there is just one uncle, ie brother of James Bell, the father of James and Patrick. This seems to contradict the idea that Rev John Bell could have been James Bell's brother; but he was long dead by 1655. More to find out! Alternatively, Minister John Bell the Younger and David Bell (both dead by 1658) could have had a further brother, James, who was still alive.

Robert Bell elder, wryght, 100 marks
Robert Semple 200 marks
Barbara Wallare 200 marks
Entrust to his friends the care, education and settling of fortune of his children, specifically nominating two of his friends as guardians of each of his three daughters, Issabell, Grissell and Dorothie. Don't know why these three daughters should need guardians, since they are all married.


Alexander Bell, Will 1677 CC10/5/9 Hamilton and Campsie Commissary Court

Testament dative of Alexander Bell of Antemonie and his spouse Grissell Bell at the time of his death last June. Given up by his lawful son James Bell

The inventory totalled £196 13s 4d of which only £60 was household goods and the remainder seems to have been livestock, kyne and horses etc but have yet to decipher some of it

Debts owing:
One year outstanding for crops (?croops) of half of Antermonie £265 13s 4d
Owed by executors of deceased James Bell of Provosthaugh the principal sum of £374 6s 8d, interest and penalty £423 6s 8d

Sum of inventory and debts £1,323 6s 8d

Debts owed:
Several payments due on bonds of several hundred pounds, to be deciphered fully but totalling £2,821 6s 4d


ISSABELL BELL Ref CC9/7/32 Glasgow Commissary Court

The testament dative and inventory of Issabell Bell spouse to Mr John Wilkie of Brounswood in the burgh of Glasgow at the time of her decease in September last 1657 faithfully made and given up by Mr William Wilkie of Hayhill brother in law to deceased on behalf of Mr James Wilkie only lawful bairn procreated between aforesaid Mr John and the deceased (in respect of his pupillaritie …..) who is only executor to deceased’s goods geir and debts – 1st October 1657

Inventory – global sum of £500 for all household goods, apparel etc


Colin Bell, b 1660; Will 1719 CC9/7/51 Glasgow Commissary Court

Testament dative and inventory of Colin Bell son of deceased Sir John Bell of Hamilton Farm late provost of Glasgow, made in May 1710 by James Bell merchant in Glasgow brother german and nearest of kin to deceased and executor dative

The inventory consists of one sum of £480 scots being the accrual of a bond of £4,000 for the years Martinmas 1691 to 1693.

The rest of the record consists of a “Bond of Cautionary” I which a William Hawsyde acts on behalf of the deceased and seems to relate to the £4,000 bond. To be deciphered.


James Bell of Dunsyston,

1677 BELL, JAMES (Ref CC9/7/42) Glasgow

The TT & I etc of James Bell of Provosthaugh within the Citie of Glasgow at the time of his decease… in the month of (left blank) 1676 faithfully given up by the defunct’s own mouth Insofar as concerned the nomination of the executorship he states the undermentioned. And further made and given up by Janet Rae relict of the defunct and one of the executors nominated by him. In respect that Mr Patrick Bell and John Bell two (other) of the executors….

Inventory – the growing crops of two (somethings) of land beside the expenses £50: the inside and plenishing of the defunct’s house in chattels and household goods with his wearing apparel all estimated at £200
Total: £250

Debts owed in:
Item: by the Earl of Kilmarnock by gain accrued £50
Item: by John Wallare, son to the deceased Bishop of the Isles £40
Item: by the Laird of Barr by gain accrued £40
Item: by Robert Miller of Chappell by bond £66 8s 4d

Sum of debts owed in £196 8s 4d
Sum of inventory and debts £446 13s 4d

Debts owed out:
Item: to the Commissioner of Glasgow £609 13s 4d
Item: to Margaret Lorne £666 13s 4d
Item: to William Borthwick £100
Item: further to him £13 6s 8d
Item: to heirs and executors of deceased David Boyd in (?executorship?) £210
Item: to Maureen Stewart relict of deceased John Nesbit merchant in Glasgow £33 6s 8d
Item: to William Naper merchant there £76 10s 6d
Item: to James Kerry merchant there £32
Item: to James Jalt stationer there £16
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Item: to David Monteth £16
Item: to John Nesbit ££33
Item: to Janet Berd £16 10s
Item: to Richard Allan £9 9s 8d
Item: to Andrew Scott £265 13s 4d
Item: to him more £60
Item: to David Sommervell, Margaret and Elizabeth Robiesonnes and Janet ?Lyndshaw the servants of her the said spouse £85 12s
Item: to Thomas Davidson £23 4s
Item: to Jean Montgomerie £36
Item: to Robert Finnisonn £14 10s
Item: to John Parlane and John Barnes £40
All which sums of money are owed by the deceased to forenamed persons for several bonds granted by him to them

Sum of debts out £2,403 19s 6d

Follows the deid’s letter, will and legacie:
I, James Bell of Provost Haugh , being resolved to setle my worldly effects do make my testament and letter will as follows wherein I nominate make and constitute Mr Patrick and John Bell my brethren and Janet Rae my spouse my exexcutors and ? with my goods and geir with power to them to give up inventory thereof And of my debts owing out and in and to do all other things requisite to the office of executor known to belong
Item: for payment of my lawful debts I declare that I have burdened and affected and hereby burden and affect Mr John Bell my second lawful son and his patrimonie and provision with the sum of one thousand marks Scots money toward the payment of my debts In satisfaction of all further burden can be imposed on him by my heirs and executors or by me be ….. of the condition contained in the hereditable right of the lands of (place name possibly Dunsyston??) made by me to him or otherwise In any sort
Item: in further payments of my debts I ordain the provisions made to Margaret and Janet my daughters each of them to be burdened with 500 marks money the which sums I ordain to be uplifted and received for the relief of Patrick Bell my son as my approved heir of my debts And so far as my moveables will not relieve him of my remaining debts I ordain to be burdened there with I do also hereby declare that I have subscribed one account of the foresaid two thousand marks with which I burden the said Mr John with my hand And delyver the the sum to him of the date hereof?? And I provide and appoint hat if ti shall happen that the said Patrick Bell shall depart this life without heirs lawfully procreated of his own body that his marriage? Heirs and successors shall be obliged to refund to my daughters the forsaid sum of one thousand marks money equally between them And for that my said
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Said executors upon advancing thereof full procu… assignation to all much of my debts to the effect they may thereby recover the same
In witness whereof be John Graham writtar in Glasgow … by me and Patrick Mr John Margaret and Janet Bell my children In testimony of their consent at Glasgow the first day of July 1676
Before … Gavin Wood wright in Glasgow and the said John Graham of Church..?
Witnesses signatures follow

The next paragraphs confirm Janet Rae as relict and grant intromission to executors

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There follows the tenor of the bond thus:
I, Mr John Bell of Dunsystown bind and oblige me my heirs and executors as ? for Janet Rae my mother relict etc to James Bell of Provosthaugh my father
Etc etc
Nothing further of interest

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