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Be a part of this important study by sharing your Y-DNA Chromosome results with the project.  Y-DNA is passed down through time and generations from father to son.  Analysis of this unbroken, male-line DNA will reveal the ‘Y’ signature of your paternal ancestor.  Membership in this project requires a Y-DNA test.  For more information, contact Tom Bell, Admin: Bell Y-DNA Project.

Country House Bed & Breakfast

Blacket House is the ancestral home of the Bell Clan, and Blacket Tower is situated on the grounds of the house.

Discover fantastic things to do, holiday inspiration, places to stay, local tips & more, from the official Scottish tourist board.

The Court and Office of the Lord Lyon (known more simply as “the Lyon Court”) is the heraldic authority for Scotland and Scots living overseas.  The Lyon Court deals with all matters relating to Scottish Heraldry and Coat of Arms, and maintains the Scottish Public Registers of Arms and Genealogies.

Seeking the best quality of life for everyone in the Scottish Borders, prosperity for our businesses and the promotion of health, happiness and confidence in our communities.

Step back in time to the mid sixteenth century when the Borderlands were an area of constant feuding – when loyalties were to kinship rather than king and country and when “Reiving” was a means of survival.

Historic Environment Scotland is the lead public body established to investigate, care for and promote Scotland’s historic environment. 

The National Records of Scotland (NRS) is a Non-Ministerial Department of the Scottish Government.  Our purpose is to collect, preserve and produce information about Scotland’s people and history and make it available to inform current and future generations.

The Records of the Parliaments of Scotland to 1707 (RPS) is a fully searchable database containing the proceedings of the Scottish parliament from the first surviving act of 1235 to the union of 1707.

The Scots’ Charitable Society is the oldest charitable organization in the Western Hemisphere.  Originally Founded in 1657 in Massachusetts and incorporated in 1786, Scots’ aims to help people of Scottish heritage by providing relief to Scottish-American individuals and families in need, and by granting undergraduate scholarships to members of the Scottish-American community.  We are Scots helping Scots.