Kim Beall's Beall History Pages


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1996 Kim Beall

  Beall Family Stories

Famous (or infamous) Bealls and How We Got Here, etc.

[ The Battle of Dunbar | Ninian Beall | John Yates Beall]

The most famous Beall family story is, of course the story of the original Beall on this continent, Ninian Beall, who was captured in an ill-fated religio-political war in Scotland in 1650 and sent, along with 149 other Highlanders, into virtual slavery in Barbados. Scottish song and literature is full of references to these Highlanders, whom certain interests in Scotland at the time tried to eliminate from the Isles.

Far off in sunlit places, Sad are the Scottish faces,
Yearning 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.
Towering in gallant fame, Scotland my mountain hame,
High may your proud standards gloriously wave,
Land of my high endeavour, Land of the shining heather,
Land of my heart for ever, Scotland the brave!

A story I should have placed here LONG ago is the wonderful report Dennis Beall wrote about the Battle of Dunbar...!  Wow, I had no idea, it's almost a Scottish "Trail of Tears." Anyway, thank you very much for all your hard work, Dennis, and I'm proud to include your story here.

Colonel Ninian Beall's story is an inspiring tale of how a man can lose everything, but then turn around to regain even more, build a life to admire, and contribute greatly to history and society. I have collected and transcribed to electronic format [here] so far two articles, one of which was accomanied by a picture reputed (but frequently disputed) to be a portrait of the patriarch, and also Ninian's Last Will and Testament.

John Yates Beall was an infamous figure in the Civil War era, spoken of variously as a Confederate Spy, a tragic scapegoat, a misguided soldier, or a loose cannon. It is said (although probably apocryphally) that the "real" reason John Wilkes Booth assassinated President Lincoln was in order to call attention to what he percieved to be the unfairness of Beall's execution. Stories about this Beall are varied and conflicting, but none could be called dull.  Thank you everyone who has contributed to this effort (if we must have skeletons in our family closets, at least they're interesting ones!)