Diane's maternal grandmother was a McKell and her earliest known ancestor was Robert McKell born c 1780 - with a choice of Scottish birthplaces! He married Margaret Frazer in Perth in1803 and joined the 42nd Foot Regiment (The Black Watch) being stationed in Essex and Ireland, where he became an Armourer Sergeant. The family moved to North YORKSHIRE in the 19th century and then settled in the Bradford area of the West Riding.

 

With the help of several correspondents with McKell interests, including Jenni McKell in Australia, I have information on Robert's descendants worldwide and collect any references to the name. But we are all trying to find the next step back!