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Jonathan McKell
was born on the 24th July 1806

Jonathan was born in Rutherglen Scotland and married Helen Speirs on the 21st June 1835. He was the second eldest son of Francis McKell and Elizabeth Muir.

The photo shows Jonathan and Helen on the celebration of their 50th Wedding Anniversary in 1885.

In all they had 9 children:-

Francis McKell  b. 12th December 1836
Wilson Black McKell b. about 1839
John McKell b. about 1841
Janet Wilson McKell  b. 10th September 1843
Elizabeth McKell b.about. 1848
William Speirs McKell b. 1850
Margaret McKell b. 1853
Isabella Speirs McKell b. 1855
Helen Speirs McKell b. 1859

Names in Bold Italic:- extra details of their family will be added shortly.



William Speirs McKell
born 1850, New Kilpatrick, Stirling.

William Speirs McKell married Catherine Glen in 1875

On the 1881 census the family is shown living at
Meeks Avenue, Falkirk and William's occupation - Joiner.
Only three children were born by 1881,
Jonathan, Elspeth and Robert.

This family photograph taken about 1898
shows from L-R back:-

John McKell, Robert McKell, Wilson McKell,
Elspeth McKell and Jonathan McKell


William Speirs McKell,
Catherine Glen, Alan McKell, Joseph McKell,
William Speirs McKell Snr.,
and Mathew McKell


Isabella Speirs McKell
was born 26th October 1855,
Dumbarton, Scotland.

She married John Bowler on the
29th December 1876 at New Town, Milngavie.

They had 10 children



Isabella's brother, William Speirs McKell
married Catherine Glen in 1875
and their eldest son Jonathan McKell
born 1876
continued the McKell family name.

See photo below.

Isabella Speirs McKell with her grand daughter Isabella Guest 1920
McKell 1876

Jonathan McKell
born 2nd May 1876

The son of William S McKell and Catherine Glen.

This family portrait shows the whole family and was taken in 1917.

From left to right, standing,
Robert Glen McKell; Margaret Mills McLean McKell; William Speirs Johnston McKell; Catherine Moodie Glen McKell; James Johnston McKell.

Seated/standing at front, Jonathan McKell; Ann Johnston McKell; Jeannie Johnston McKell; Elspeth Jane Moodie McKell; Jonathan's wife Ann Johnston with baby Jonathan McKell

Jonathan McKell and his family c 1917

William Speirs McKell
born 1887

The son of William S McKell and Catherine Glen.

William married Isabella Dale

They had two children:

William Speirs McKell born 1919
Isabella White McKell

William Speirs McKell
born 1919

The son of William S McKell and Isabella Dale.

William married Isabel Adam Forbes.

They had two children:-

Alan Forbes McKell born 1956

Alexander Dale McKell born 1959

Alexander married Patricia Deacon and they have two children:-

Laura Anne McKell born 1988

Liam Alexander McKell born 1990

Our thanks to Alan McKell and Stuart McKenzie who supplied their family photos.


William Speirs Johnston McKell
born 14th April 1899

He was the eldest son of Jonathan McKell and Ann Johnston, and was born in Falkirk, Scotland.

He married Ilean Pretoria Westley in South Australia on the 12th March 1923 and together raised 5 children.

This family photograph was taken in 1939 at Largs North, South Australia and shows
L-R Seated
Ilean, Dawn, Beryl, and Bill McKell
Jonathan, Katherine, and George McKell.

Bill McKell died in South Australia on the 15th September 1957, however his family are still represented in Australia to this day and can be followed by visiting The McKell Family in Australia website, hosted by Warren Reeves, Bill McKell's grandson.