A question from a new transatlantic member who admires your efforts to get Shortty... Can anyone substantiate any of the claims of one "Sir Robert Gladstone Bell," who seems to be prominent in Scottish culture circles in Greensboro, North Carolina, where he runs a shop called Highland House? Here are some items that just don't seem to ring true. I've checked the Gazette for his supposed knighthood and it's not there...I'm guessing he'd take refuge in the explanation that SAS knighthoods aren't gazetted, but then why would he be advertising the affiliation publicly? From http://www.bluestarmothersnc.org/chapter_3.htm (Note: Blue Star Mothers is an organization of women with children in military service): acknowledgment to "Sir Robert Bell, Former Captain, British Special Air Services, Knighted 1996" From http://www.southalabamian.com/news/2005/0728/People/040.html : "Hamish Gladstone Bell, C.T.S., (Community of the Tonsured Servant) is a native of New Zealand with ancestors originating from Scotland. At age 14, his family moved to the United States. His father, Sir Robert Gladstone Bell, was knighted by the OBM, a representative of Queen Elizabeth II..." (OBM? What's that? Lots of Scottish pseudohistory on this page as well, but I'm concerned at the moment only about the military-related claims) In the past, I've also seen a report of his playing the bagpipe at some ceremony at the USMC base at Camp Lejeune, also with the claimed SAS affiliation mentioned, but that seems to have disappeared from the web. Anyway it all made my antennae twitch, and I wonder if anyone here can shed any light. Thanks.