Katharine Bell

from January 1735 to December 1735–
Innerwick, Lothian, Scotland, United Kingdom

The Life of Katharine

When Katharine Bell was born from January 1735 to December 1735, in Innerwick, Lothian, Scotland, United Kingdom, her father, Hugh Bell, was 35 and her mother, Beatrix Young, was 21. She married John Cowan on 21 May 1762. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 4 daughters.

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John Cowan
Katharine Bell
Marriage: 21 May 1762
William Cowan
Catharine Cowan
Beatrix Cowe
Andrew Cowan
Alison Cowan
Jean Cowan

Spouse and Children

21 May 1762
Dunbar, East Lothian, Scotland


+1 More Child

Parents and Siblings

    Hugh Bell


    Beatrix Young




    Margaret Bell



    Agnes Bell


    Jean Bell


    Sandilands Bell


+2 More Children

World Events (4)

1802 · John Playfair publishes summary of James Hutton's theories of geology.

Age 67

In 1802, John Playfair published the Illustrations of the Huttonian Theory of the Earth. His influence was by James Hutton’s knowledge of the earth’s geology.

Age 80

The defeat of Napoleon Bonaparte at Waterloo marks the end of the Napoleonic Wars. Napoleon defeated and exiled to St. Helena.

Age 95

Eclectic Period (Art and Antiques).

Name Meaning

1 Scottish and northern English: from Middle English belle ‘bell’, in various applications; most probably a metonymic occupational name for a bell ringer or bell maker, or a topographic name for someone living ‘at the bell’ (as attested by 14th-century forms such as John atte Belle). This indicates either residence by an actual bell (e.g. a town's bell in a bell tower, centrally placed to summon meetings, sound the alarm, etc.) or ‘at the sign of the bell’, i.e. a house or inn sign (although surnames derived from house and inn signs are rare in Scots and English).2 Scottish and northern English: from the medieval personal name Bel. As a man's name this is from Old French beu, bel ‘handsome’, which was also used as a nickname. As a female name it represents a short form of Isobel, a form of Elizabeth.3 Scottish: Americanized form of Gaelic Mac Giolla Mhaoil ‘son of the servant of the devotee’ ( see Mullen 1).

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Catharine Bell in entry for Beatrix Cow, "Scotland Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950"
  • Catharine Bell in entry for Alison Cow, "Scotland Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950"
  • Catharine Bell in entry for Andrew Cow, "Scotland Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950"

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