John Joy Bell

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Caricatur o Bell, drawn by Stuart Boyd.
Image o a heid-stane, St. Machar's Cathedral, Aiberdeen
J.J. Bell's heid-stane, St. Machar's Cathedral, Aiberdeen

John Joy Bell (7 Juin 1871 – 14 November 1934), wis a author an jurnalist forbye kent as J.J. Bell. He is nou best kent fir his buiks oan the chairacter Wee Macgreegor.

Life[eedit | eedit soorce]

JJ Bell wis born in 4 Bothwell Terrace in Hillhead, Glesga. He wis the auldest son o James Taylor Bell, that wrocht as a tabaccae makker.[1]

Bell wis schuilt at Kelvinside Academy in Glesga and the Morrison's Academy in Crieff. He gaed til the University o Glesga, whaur he studied the chemistrie. Whan he becam a jurnalist, Bell wrocht at the Glesga Evenin Times, and forbye sub-editor o the Scots Pictorial. He scrieved anent the life o the common fowk in Glesga, aft times in the Scots. His chairacter o 'Macgreegor' in his Evenin Times airticles, and the stories he scrieved wis that weel kent thay becam buiks, an a film forby.

He is burrit in the kirkyaird o St Machar's Cathedral in Auld Aiberdeen. The heidstane is naur the nor'east neuk o the kirk.[2]

Faimily[eedit | eedit soorce]

He wis mairit on Helen Robertson Geddes (1876-1949).

Publications[eedit | eedit soorce]

  • The New Noah's Ark (1898).
  • Jack of All Trades (1899).
  • Songs of the Hour (1900).
  • Wee Macgreegor (1902).
  • Ethel (1903).
  • Mistress McLeerie (1903).
  • Wee Macgreegor Again (1904).
  • Later Adventures of Wee Macgreegor (1904).
  • Jess & Co. (1904).
  • Mr. Pennycook's Boy (1905).
  • Mr. Lion of London (1905).
  • Clyde Songs and other verses (1906).
  • Thou Fool! (1907).
  • Joseph Redhorn (1908).
  • Whither Thou Goest (1908).
  • Oh! Christina! (1909).
  • Dancing Days (1910).
  • Wullie McWattie's Master (1910).
  • The Indiscretions of Maister Redhorn (1911).
  • Jim (1911).
  • A Kingdom of Dreams (1911).
  • The Best Man (1911).
  • Courtin' Christina (1913).
  • Bobby (1914).
  • The Whalers (1914).
  • The Misadventures of Joseph (1914).
  • Wee Macgreegor Enlists (1915)[3].
  • Little Grey Ships (1916).
  • Cupid in Oilskins (1916).
  • Kiddies (1916).
  • Till The Clock Stops (1916)[4].
  • Story of Kitty Carstairs (1917).
  • Secret Cards (1917).
  • All Ages (1918).
  • Johnny Pride (1918).
  • Atlantic Gold (1918).
  • Just Jemima (1919).
  • The Middle Strip (1919).
  • Jimmy Johnny (1920).
  • The Pie in the Oven (in 1 act) (1922).
  • Wee Macgreegor's Party (in 1 act) (1922).
  • Thread o' Scarlet (in 1 act) (1923).
  • Those Class Distinctions (in 1 act) (1923).
  • Wolves (in 1 act) (1923).
  • Some Plain, Some Coloured (1923).
  • The Nickums (1923).
  • Mr. Craw (1924).
  • Courtin' Christina (in 1 act) (1924).
  • The Laird's Lucky Number (in 1 act) (1924).
  • The Invisible Net (1924).
  • The Braw Bailie (1925).
  • Mr. and Mrs. Craw (1926).
  • Exit Mrs. McLeerie (in 1 act) (1927).
  • Betty (1927).
  • Hoots! (1929).
  • The Whale-Hunters (1929).
  • Meet Mr. Craw (1929).
  • Gambler's Hope (1929).
  • Breaking Point (in 1 act) (1930).
  • Good-morning Sir John (in 1 act) (1930).
  • Laird of Glenlaggan (1931).
  • The Glory of Scotland (1932).
  • The Women (1932).
  • I Remember (1932).
  • Scotland's Rainbow West (1933).
  • Hamish (1934).
  • Scotland in Ten Days (1934).
  • Melodies and Memories (1934).
  • Do you remember?
  • On the Quay (poem)[5]
  • Beyond London Lights (film) [6]

References[eedit | eedit soorce]

  1. Glasgow Post Office Directory 1871
  2. Heidstane o John Joy Bell, St Machars Cathedral
  3. Wee Macgreegor Enlists by John Joy Bell at Project Gutenberg
  4. Till the Clock Stops by John Joy Bell at Project Gutenberg
  5. On The Quay by John Joy Bell at Old Poetry at oldpoetry.com
  6. Beyond London Lights (1928) on IMDb


Soorces[eedit | eedit soorce]

  • reference.allrefer.com
  • users.globalnet.co.uk
  • theglasgowstory.com
  • abebooks.co.uk
  • factmonster.com
  • Bleiler, Everett (1948). The Checklist of Fantastic Literature. Chicago: Shasta Publishers. p. 46.