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Cateran Ecomuseum

The Kettin’s Bell

This Bell, originally cast in 1519, is said to have been looted from a Belgian Monastery.

The small village of Kettins lies just across from the southern edge of the Ecomuseum. The inscription on the bell, which reads “My name is Marie Troon and Mr Hans Popenuyder made me in 1519” identifies it as the work of the famous German cannon-maker (a close friend of the Dutch humanist Desiderius Erasmus), who armed the Mary Rose, Henry VIII’s favourite warship.

He had connections with the town of Grobbendonk near Antwerp and representatives of the Our Lady of Troon monastery there, claim the bell originally belonged to their abbey and was stolen in 1572 by mercenaries.

Kirk records at Kettins show the bell was given to the Kirk in 1697. It was used as the Kirk bell for over a 100 years, until a steeple was built in 1893. It was then taken down and displayed in the graveyard.

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