Bell, Charles [Davidson]


Student United College 1828-1829 Lat. Prov.; Math. 2 & 3; 1829-1830 Math. 3; Physics; Chem.


Born 22.10.1813 son of Alexander Bell of Newhall, Crail and Isabella Davidson.


Became a civil servant at the Cape of Good Hope. Appointed Surveyor General 1848.

An able artist, many of whose works survive in South Africa.

Designed the Cape triangular postage stamps first issued 1853. Returned to Britain in 1873. F.R.S.E. 1878.


Died Edinburgh 7.4.1882.


  • St Andrews Citizen 15.4.1882
  • Monumental inscription, Crail b.g.
  • A. H. Smith in Africana Notes and News 11 1953-55 81
  • Charles Davidson Bell in Wikipedia.