Bell, John David
- First name(s)
- John David
- Position(s) held at King's College London
Professor of Indian Jurisprudence, 1864-1865
Education & professional details
- School, college and/or university attended
- Edinburgh Academy, 1833-40
- Middle Temple, 1844-48 called to the Bar.
- Position(s) held (non King's College London)
- Practiced at Calcutta (1850-58) and worked in Madras with a fellow barrister, George Taylor, to report cases heard and determined in the Supreme Court of Judicature at Fort William in Bengal
- lecturer at UCL on the laws of India at evening classes to help students reading for the Indian civil service (1869-72)
- Standing Counsel to the Government of India at Calcutta (1878-80)- advocate of HM's High Court, Calcutta.
- Professional activities
Founder and Chairman of Positive Government Security Life Assurance Company (1870)
- Date of birth
- Place of birth
- Date of death
- Place of death
- Family details
- Youngest son of George Joseph Bell, Professor of Scots Law, Edinburgh University
- married Christina Lucy Winckworth (1852) by whom he had several children.
For two generations members of the Bell family of Edinburgh were noted lawyers, surgeons and Episcopalians; J.D. Bell and two of his brothers worked in Calcutta. Boase's Biographical Dictionary is inaccurate in one respect: George Joseph Bell was Professor of Scots Law at Edinburgh University, not Aberdeen. JD Bell founded the Positive Government Security Life Assurance Company to insure lives exposed to tropical climes; it is still extant and in 2015 at 25 Abchurch Lane, E.C. KCL and UCL valued JD Bell as a lecturer on Indian law thanks to his family connections and knowledge of Indian courts.
- Edinburgh Academy, Register of students
- Frederic Boase, Modern English Biography (1892)
- Census Records (1861) (1871) (1881) (1891)
- Solicitor's Journal and Reporter (1868)
- UCL Calendars
- Paul Mitchell, Law and India at KCL, KC Law Journal, 18, (2006), p. 35.