Margaret Bryden Bell

25 June 1842–28 January 1924 (Age 81)
Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland, United Kingdom

The Life of Margaret Bryden

When Margaret Bryden Bell was born on 25 June 1842, in Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland, United Kingdom, her father, John Baron Bell, was 36 and her mother, Jessie Adam, was 34. She died on 28 January 1924, in Morningside, Midlothian, Scotland, United Kingdom, at the age of 81, and was buried in Saint Cuthberts Burial Ground, Saint Cuthberts, Edinburgh, Edinburghshire, Scotland, United Kingdom.

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John Baron Bell
Jessie Adam
Jane Bell
Andrew Bell
Jessie Adam Bell
Margaret Bryden Bell
James Adam Bell
Euphemia Bell

Parents and Siblings


    Jessie Adam




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World Events (8)


Age 1

Dickens A Christmas Carol was first published.
1843 · The Disruption in the Church of Scotland

Age 1

The Disruption of 1843 was a division within the Church of Scotland, which 474 evangelical ministers of the Church broke away from the Church to form the Free Church of Scotland. They didn’t reject the principles of the Church of Scotland but were trying to establish a purer version of the Church without the King or Parliament being its head. It had huge effects not only within the Church of Scotland, but also with Scottish civic life.
1868 · The Representation of the people (Scotland) Act 1868

Age 26

The Representation of the People (Scotland) Act 1868 was passed by Parliament and allowed for the creation of seven additional Scottish seats in the House of Commons. Along with the seats, Two University constituencies were created. These each returned one member to Parliament.

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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  • Margaret Bryden Bell, "Scotland Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950"
  • Find A Grave - Margaret Bryden Bell
  • Margaret Bryden Bell, "Scotland, Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950"

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