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Mini Biographies of Scots and Scots Descendants (B)
Bell (Beall), Ninian

Colonel Ninian Beall (Bell) - 1625-1717
The Beall family in the U.S.A. is almost entirely descended from Ninan Beall and/or other members of his family whom he later convinced to emigrate to the Colonies.  It is said that his name was in fact spelled "Bell" before this, until he was asked to change the spelling to the older spelling, which is still pronounced "Bell" by those who remember. 

Ninian was one over 5000 Highlanders captured by Cromwell in the Battle of Dunbar in 1650.  Only 1,400 of Cromwell's prisoners survied a forced march into England and subsequent year-long imprisonment in Durham Cathedral, and of these, about 150 were then shipped across the sea to Barbados to work as slaves on the Dutch sugar plantations.  I believe that it is these men to whom "Scotland The Brave" refers in the second stanza: "Far off in sunlit places, sad are the Scottish faces, longing to feel the kiss of sweet Scottish rain.  Where tropic skies are beaming, love sets the heart a-dreaming, longing and dreaming for the homeland again."

Many of the Barbadosed Scots, including Ninian Beall, eventually made their way to Maryland and other colonies.  Colonel Beall was never allowed to return to Scotland, but he obtained many honors through his service in the Colonies and went on to build a new family, as well as to bring much of his old family to Maryland to live with him.

Please see my web site for more stories about Ninian Beall, including a wonderful document written by the Daughters of the American Revolution.

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