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Robert John Kell

Born: 19th June 1846
Died: 17th June 1922

Intro, Biographical Information, Notes etc:

Tom said ...

Who knows anything about R.J. Kell?

CBA has one interesting looking item by him; 

KELL (R J ) [Open letter dated November 12th, 1909 and commencing,] "To those needing information in view of the false charges circulated from Tunbridge Wells." [Marked] ("Private.") (Bromley, R.J.K., 1909.) 7p. 7". (G60675/KR11857) 689

And Noel also mentions him in connection with the TW division;

At this time, the late highly respected Mr. B. J. Kell was 
at Tunbridge Wells for a few days, “in entire ignorance," he 
says, “of ichat had been going on.” 

Mr. W. M. Sibthorpe took him into his private room, and 
he heard from him details of the meeting’s difficulties. 

At Mr. Kell’s suggestion, a meeting was convened, to 
bring the Accuser (Mr. W. M. Sibthorpe) and the Accused 
(Mr. C. Strange) face to face. 


2nd. Charge against Mr. C. S. was concerning a mat- 
ter in connection with his son. Mr. E. J. Kell says, “If 
any man ever was cleared of an imputation against him, Mr. 
C. S. was cleared of this, in my presence in July, 1900.” 

3rd. Charge against Mr. C. S. was, that he sought to 
bring reproach and discredit upon the meeting at Tunbridge 
Wells. This charge could not he sustained. Mr. R. J. Kell 
says, “There was not the slightest proof or justification for 

Mr. Kell asserts that “All the brothers professed them- 
selves perfectly satisfied with the way Mr. C. S. replied to 
Mr. W. M. Sibthorpe ; and, with the humbling and sorrow he 
(Mr. C. S.) on his part, had expressed. Mr. W. M. Sib- 
thorpe does not deny expressions of sorrow; but main- 
tains they are not genuine” ! 

Mr. Kell further states that, on his return to London, 
he wrote to Mr. Harborow, strongly protesting against the 
spirit manifested by Mr. W. M. Sibthorpe towards Mr. C. S. 
and Ms family.* 

Mr. Kell also says that, “it appears from a letter (March 
1, 1904) of Mr. Harborow’s, that what took place in my 
presence in 1900, was practically repeated at a meeting of 
seven brothers in 1902.” 
Saturday, Feb 8, 2020 : 00:56
Nick Fleet said ...
Yes, R J Kell was the grandfather of the late Hilda Kell (1930-2002), a sister in the meeting at 41 York Road, Tunbridge Wells. She was the youngest of 5 children born to John Christopher Kell (1800-1958) who, according to Hilda, was baptised by JND. J C Kell was a well-respected teacher among the Kelly-Lowe brethren and especially appreciated by young people. RJK is the author of articles in the Bible Treasury which bear those initials. His father, also Robert John (1817-1906), was an extremely wealthy man and Master of The Tallow Chandlers Company one of the Livery Companies in the City of London. When RJK (Jr) was converted to Christ he was cut off financially and disinherited and, not having been educated with a view to any occupation, was cast uopn the Lord for his needs. However, when RJK (Sr) died leaving a very substantial sum, his other heirs gave RJK his share of the inheritance.

J C Kell's cousin, Sir Vernon George Waldegrave Kell, KCMG, KBE, CB (1873–1942) was a British Army general and the founder and first Director of the British Security Service, otherwise known as MI5. He was known in official circles as 'K' (a tradition which gave inspiration to 'M' and 'Q' in Ian Fleming's fictional James Bond books).
Monday, Mar 8, 2021 : 04:07
Nick Fleet said ...
Sorry for the typo - birth year of J C Kell above should be 1880 not 1800.
Monday, Mar 8, 2021 : 23:11

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