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Grandsire Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Grandsire \Grand"sire"\, n. [OF. grantsire. See Grand, and Sire.] Specifically, a grandfather; more generally, any ancestor.
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Grandsire is one of the standard change ringing methods, usually rung on an odd number of bells. Grandsire Doubles is rung on five working bells, Grandsire Triples on seven, Grandsire Caters on nine and Grandsire Cinques on eleven.

The method was designed around 1650, probably by Robert Roan who became master of the College Youths change ringing society in 1652. Details of the method on five bells appeared in print in 1668 in Tintinnalogia, the first book to be published on change ringing. By this time R.R. had invented a six-bell extension he named Grandsire Bob, now known by ringers as Plain Bob Minor. The description of Grandsire predates modern method naming conventions. Grandsire on odd numbers of bells (as it is usually rung) would share a name with the method known as Plain Bob on even numbers of bells, if it were invented today.

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