Betsy & Bettie ( Elizabeth) Stewart Kelbie
  • 42 years old
  • Date of birth: May 19, 1934
  • Place of birth:
    Scotland, Aboyne, United Kingdom
  • Date of passing: Aug 18, 1976
  • Place of passing:
    Aberdeen Scotland, Great Northern Road Don Street, United Kingdom
Dedicated to my loving Mother who is sadly very much missed. Born Elizabeth Stewart ( Bettie) Kelbie. Born Bellwood Abyone Deeside. Date of Birth 19 May 1934 To 18 August 1976. 42 Years Married Alexander Campbell Kelbie. Mother to eight children. A

This memorial website is in memory of  Mummy. Betsy  or Bettie- Elisabeth  Stewart- Kelbie, 42, born on May 19, 1934 and was killed by a lorry drver  on August 18, 1976 on the Great Northern Road Aberdeen, at the former Embassy Rooms now the Fountain Public House and consideration for a commemortive plague at the location.  So many people have lost an Auntie a Mother a sister and a friend she was one in a million and remains in the hearts of so many. 
UPDATE: 27/07/2014              Recongnition 

Betsy  or as she allowed others to call her Elisabeth or Bettie was well known in Elgin and  the surrounding area's of Moray-shire Scotland, and often in Aberdeen and Dundee. A radical change in her life came when her third child was wrongfully taken into local authority care in Dundee and died in care. Alexina died on the 31 August in 1960 aged 3 years of age. In this period Betsy became a voice for children abused in care and the rights of mothers was clearly' an objective that she wanted to pursue.

Betsy was not  reunited with her children who were taken into care in Aberdeen & Dundee and in Inverness, and in a new  investigation by Aberdeen Social Work  Legal Department, in a court file' notes were found in her aims and conversations to make sure all her babies were reunited with her and also to her late husband Alexander Campbell Kelbie. The histoical evidence shows that she was highly dedicated in getting her children back, and that she restored her place in history for children in care- and for motherhood. The rights of mothers whos children were in care became important to Bettie even if it meant that she was placing herself under arrest in Elgin or in Aberdeen by Police as she protested in public for some many years.

The ducumentation now resently uncovered and found proves that Betsy Stewart -Kelbie, demanded change to be done in her fight for social justice even on the street corners of Elgin  and also in Aberdeenshire  and Tayside area' this   sadly lead to her arrest and the retired Police Officers have given statements to this effect. She was arrested under common laws on( Breach of The Peace) if she would not move on' and stop shouting, or protesting she would be  brought before the Elgin Sheriff Court and Aberdeen and Inverness Sheriff Court's she appeared to have not agreed to any court orders that she should not discuss legal matters in the public and often was fined by the courts this did not halt her in returning to the streets corners only to be arrested again. She was indeed a very brave talented motovated woman who also wrote many letters to the Director of Social Work. She undertook a typing course in Elgin Collage making her remarks offically noted but much of her life was in sorrow and in depression and often became stressed under intoxication and claimed to be highly problematic when facing with the fight to see her children and justice. 

Then in may also in 2014 The Law Court in Aberdeen disclosed an memo from a Judge based on  a recording telephone conversation- call's she made to the court in 1964 her views made perfectly clear. 

And that she would make sure her children would be returned to her sadly this was never to be in her life time.

It is proven in the passage of time that although she was deeply longing to have her children out of care she maintained her demands and her voice to be heard in a period when womens lib was an  subject nobody feared to express,  and the rights of all mother's regardless if they were from  ethnic groups or traveller or gypsy'' families should be kept together and often Betsy was arrested  shouting out '' home truths'' and injustices of such treatment forced by the authorites of that time, Aberdeen City Council still reject plans to place a memorial on her resting place in Aberdeen.

The major public have been of great help also giving account to that of the same as the retired Police Officers whom saw her as a friend and she is highly dedicated today by those whom knew her very well.

Betsy Stewart -Kelbie was a mother of eight children born into Gypsy Traveller family from Aberdeen area and she was dedicated in caring for the needs of her children she was not allowed access or contact after 1964. 

                           SPECIAL THANKS TO




Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by peter kelbie on 3rd September 2016

"Dear mother, not forgotten in the passage of time who would expect I would dedicate my life to you.

The journey was always long for your memory to shine, and for sure it shall for many years to come."

This tribute was added by chris fettes on 18th August 2015

"Your good work is being carried on by your son Peter. He works so hard to continue with your good work, which I'm sure you know"

This tribute was added by peter kelbie on 15th August 2015

"Mum and Dad and Alexina not forgotten in the passage of time, dearly missed always forever in my heart and dedicated."

This tribute was added by peter kelbie on 19th May 2015

"Mummy not forgotten Happy Birthday Mum x"

This tribute was added by Cathy Taylor on 24th February 2015

"met you a few times auntie Betty, each time you were with your sister... my mum. wish i could have had the chance to know you better but were not allowed and to scared at that time being in  care. sorry for that. you were so young. this is my words to you. i am taking care of your daughter Isobel best i can but i am sure you see this everyday. please be peacefull now and sleep tight xxx"

This tribute was added by chris fettes on 18th August 2014

"To a wonderful lady who I would loved to have known. You have a wonderful son the same age as my daughter. I'm sure your voice will be heard for many years to come, although you were not listened to , your work will be carried on by good people like yourself. Bless you forever"

This tribute was added by peter kelbie on 13th August 2014

"Mum gave me life our paths did not cross you shine daily in my life disregarding mistakes made in the past thus you know your family now. And all that matters is what is true xx"

This tribute was added by Ardjuna Clearwater on 10th August 2014

"Pete my heart is with you, your Mum was a special Courageous Lady and you a dedicated loving son. May Justice come soon, so you Mum can forever be at peace. Love and Lite Bettie- Elisabeth  Stewart- Kelbie xx <3 xx"

This tribute was added by peter kelbie on 7th May 2014

"For Mum not forgotten x"

This tribute was added by Martha Stewart on 15th January 2014

"Auntie Betty passed to soon, you have a son to be proud of and wish him all the success in the world to get a memorial for you.  With your family in heaven now, rest in peace Auntie Betty."

This tribute was added by shirley greig on 14th January 2014

"god bless may you rest in peace your son is fighting so hard for your to have a proper memorial plaque"

This tribute was added by peter kelbie on 4th January 2014

"Mummy missing you always"

This tribute was added by Elgin Present on 17th December 2013

"Blessings from admin team at ELGIN - Past To Present"

This tribute was added by Helen Gibson on 17th December 2013

"auntie betty ur with ur sisters and brothers mum and dad may u rest in peace and find ur way ur up in heaven nty nty x r,i.p x"

This tribute was added by Hazel Atkins on 17th December 2013

""May the peace of the Lord go with you and also with your devoted son of whom you would have been very proud.""

This tribute was added by Jacqueline Tosh on 17th December 2013

"Your loving son created this memorial for a much loved mother. May you rest in peace"

This tribute was added by Jackie Brolly on 17th December 2013

"Those we love don't go away, they walk beside us every day.
Unseen, unheard, but always near.
Still loved, still missed and very dear. -

May you rest in peace...knowing you have a loving family who care x"

This tribute was added by Jill Adams on 17th December 2013

"Your Mum would be so proud, finally a beautiful Memorial,with much heartfelt joy for the closure so deserved, bless xxx"

This tribute was added by Kathleen Millen on 17th December 2013

"May you rest in peace knowing that your family love you and always did."

This tribute was added by charlynn smith on 17th December 2013

"Created to remember a much loved mother by a loving son who is determined that she has her own special place where those who loved her can celebrate her life.  Families are tied together by their heart strings, never to be parted. RIP bonnie lass."

This tribute was added by Alison Brown on 17th December 2013

"So sad rest soundly your son did you proud"

This tribute was added by Hannah Bickham on 16th December 2013

"God bless and rest in peace. You left behind a son that loves you very much."

This tribute was added by peter kelbie on 16th December 2013

"For my Mum always. Forever this time now."

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