A French Bible

My wife loves languages and words generally. When she saw a bible, in French at a local fete she bought it.

Back home we realised it had extras in it that might have made it personal to past owners and maybe their family.

The bible was given at the time of a wedding. There is a plate at the front of the book with all the details.


It is in French but a rough translation goes:

In the name of the church this bible is offered to Germaine Elizabeth Putallaz and to Ronald Cecil Penton on the 20th October 1951, the day of their marriage at the temple at Aigle.

Who this couple were, I know not, but there are other snippets of information and one of them gives an address for Mr R C Penton in Swindon, Wiltshire in 1981. That’s enough to make a start.

Ronald Cecil Penton died in the Swindon area in 1982. The record shows he was born in 1923.

Germaine lived on in Swindon until 1997. She had been born in about 1925.

There is also a baptism card stuck in the bible but we have no idea how it relates.


This is for Duncan McGlasham, son of Andrew Morris and Elizabeth Doris who was baptised on August 2nd 1953 at St James’ Church in Ludgershall. As far as I can see Duncan’s birth was registered in Devizes in 1953 and his mother had been Elizabeth Lodge before marrying Andrew in 1948, in the Devizes district.

My wife and I would be happy to return that baptism card to a bona fine family member. Do get in touch if you know anything about these people.


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