Hi all, by now many of us bell responders have looked up the Duke of Argyll and found many generations of Scotage history. In looking at this history 1780 seems quite late, this must have been around the 10th, or so, Duke of Argyll. Could not find anything special about the 1780 Duke. Putting this history aside lets look at the bell, to bad we have only one picture to work from. This is a complement to Carolyn and her ring-a-ding crew of experts. Give us a picture and we will give you a 1000 words, maybe one picture is enough. The bell is 18” diameter and approx18” high including that outstanding complex crowning, the inscription is Latin. Latin is one of the important keys for general dating. During the 1700 there was a shift in the lanuage on bells from Latin to local lanuage. What the Scots were talking in the 1700s I have no idea, but Latin seems to be proment. Having only approx outside dimentions and no idea how thick the bell is it is hard to guess the weight. I have a few 18” bells and using them I would guess 140 pounds. I do not belive that this was done by a wandering bell maker, these are called “itinerant bell casters”. This bell is beautifully made with clear detail that only a foundry can produce. Most itierant casters did not have the skill to produce this level of work, most were illerate and carried only the basic tools, living off the township till the bell was cast. For a rundown on these workers see The Bell Tower, March/April 2008, page 8-12, “The 1356 Mission Bells“.
This bell was done in an English, (Scot ?), or perhaps French foundry. Bells are tough and do not break unless mistreated. This one is tough enough to be transported on a cart easy. This is a show piece bell that has PROVENANCE. Everything. It would be my guess that a museum or university would like to have it.