I have received an enquiry about Balfron’s church bells.
Not perhaps of immediate interest to most, but my interest was aroused when I read that one was apparently cast in 1791, and the other in 1888.
The earlier (small) bell was cast by “John Wilfone & Co” of 73 Trongate, Glasgow. The 43 inch bell was supplied by the Gorbals Brass and Bell Foundry in 1888. It was presented by Rev Alexander Slessor, who was minister here 1878-1904, and inscribed ‘Voco, Venite in Domini Temphum’.
I am told that, at one time, an upturned bell was used as a baptism font.
Any campanologists out there who might know something about our church bells?
A old photograph of the Clachan Oak describes it as the ‘bell tree’, but another indicates the tree was just inside the gates.