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The owner of this bell has also inquired of the Bell Historians mail-list, whose correspondents are mostly English. They have concluded that the person named on the bell was probably the widow of Sir William Stapleton (3rd Baronet) who would have been known as Dame Frances Stapleton from 1699 until her death in 1746. But it remains an open question as to whether or not the bell was cast for the family seat, which was Greys Court at Rotherfield Greys. I very much doubt that it was a ship’s bell or a plantation bell; more likely it was made for a school or chapel sponsored by Dame Frances.