Robert Duncan Bell

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The grave of Robert Duncan Bell, Grange Cemetery, Edinburgh

Sir Robert Duncan Bell, KCSI, CIE (1878-1953) was the Acting governor of Bombay during the British Raj from 30 May 1937 to 18 September 1937.


He was the son of William Bell, a type-setter with the Edinburgh Evening News and his wife, Christina Beveridge Malcolm. The family lived at 3 Gladstone Terrace in the Grange, Edinburgh, close to The Meadows.[1]

He went to India in 1905 as a junior civil servant.[2]

He was a member of the Bombay Legislative Council in the 1920s and present during the Bombay Riots of 1928/29.[3]

He is buried with his parents in Grange Cemetery in south Edinburgh. The grave lies just to the west of the north face of the central vaults.


  1. ^ Edinburgh and Leith Post Office Directory 1878-9
  2. ^ The India List and India Office List, 1905
  3. ^ State Violence and Punishment in India, Taylor Sherman