1) One whose business it was to ring the church bells in order to draw attention to matters of local or national interest.

Diarists often noted such occasions: 1745 they were ringing the Bells at Barnsley this day for joy of the victory . In 1539 the Dean of York left 12d in his will to Roberte Belryngar and this seems likely to have been a by-name rather than a surname, despite the late date.

places York Barnsley
dates 1539 1745

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