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The Bells of St. Machar’s Cathedral

St. Machar's Cathedral is one of only a handful of churches in Scotland containing a set of bells hung for change ringing. Its eight bells were cast between 1906 and 1911 by Mears & Stainbank for St. Stephen's, West Ealing, London. Thirty-three peals were rung there between 1911 and 1977 by members of the Ancient Society of College Youths, the London County Association & North Southwark Diocesan Guild, and the Middlesex County Association & London Diocesan Guild.


The church was declared unsafe in 1979, and the bells were removed for storage. They were acquired by the Cathedral and, after refurbishment by Eayre & Smith, were installed in the south tower in 1987. Since that time, sixty-eight peals have been rung on the bells by members of the Ancient Society of College Youths and the Scottish Association of Change Ringers. The one hundredth peal on the bells was rung by members of the Scottish Association in September of 2000 to commemorate the rededication of the Cathedral's sanctuary cross.

The particulars of the eight bells are as follows:

Bell

Diameter

(inches)

Weight

(cwt-qtr-lbs

Note

Inscription

Treble

27

4-1-E317

F#

MEARS & STAINBANK, FOUNDERS, LONDON

THE GIFT OF ALFRED A. GEORGE

JUNE, 1911

2

27.5

4E92-0

E#

MEARS & STAINBANK, FOUNDERS, LONDON

THE GIFT OF ALFRED A. GEORGE

AND ELIZ. L. PORTCH,

TO COMMEMORATE THE CORONATION

OF KING GEORGE V, JUNE 22ND 1911.

3

29

4-3-7

D#

MEARS & STAINBANK, FOUNDERS, LONDON

IN MEMORY OF W. L. P.

JUNE 1911.

4

30.75

5-2-15

C#

MEARS & STAINBANK, FOUNDERS, LONDON

IN GLORIAM DEI

HERBERTUS YOUNG ET

HELENA SARA UXOR EIUS

ME PONENDUM CURAVERUNT

ANNO SALUTIS NOSTRAE

MDCCCCVIII

5

34

6-3-11

B

MEARS & STAINBANK, FOUNDERS, LONDON

IN GLORIAM DEI, ET IN MEMORIAM

THE REVERENDI J. BARON, STP. D. D.

TRES FILIAE EJUS M. A. ET L. BARON

CONVECO PLEBEM

6

35.5

7-2-6

A#

MEARS & STAINBANK, FOUNDERS, LONDON

IN GLORIAM DEI ET IN MEMORIAM

SOPHIAE MARIAE BARON D. D.

TRES FILIAE EJUS, M. A. ET L. BARON.

SABBATO PANGO

7

39.25

9-3-19

G#

MEARS & STAINBANK, FOUNDERS, LONDON

GIVEN IN MEMORY OF RICHARD DAWES,

BY ELLEN & ELMA DAWES

A. D. 1906

SONO HORAS

Tenor

43.5

14-0-6

F#

MEARS & STAINBANK, FOUNDERS, LONDON

GIVEN BY A. A. GEORGE

A. D. 1908

QUIDQUID SONO, SONO DEUM