Riddle of bones found at church
which is Gaelic for “the foot of the burn”, which relates to the site of the church over the years and it was said it could help shed light on the mystery of the bones.
Rev Miller added: “The church before this one was built nearer the River Leven, although it was only up for 30 years.
“If its predecessors were in the same place, this area of land might well have been the church graveyard.”
What was not so easy to explain was why no remains of coffins or broken headstones were uncovered.
This led to speculation that the unfortunate souls were victims of some epidemic, such as cholera.
Alternatively, it could have indicated that Bonhill Church was built on the site of a paupers’ final resting place.
A police spokesman confirmed that the bones had been removed from the church for analysis as a matter of routine.
They were to be returned to Bonhill Church, where local builder Eddie McMurray intended to place them in a coffin and lay them to rest.
Meanwhile, at the time, the church restoration fund stood at £100,000, considerably short of the target figure.
Rev Miller said: “Our concern at the moment is not that the job won’t be finished but that it will take longer than originally anticipated.”
Macabre discovery Rev Ian Miller with the skeletons which were discovered on the site of Bonhill Church 30 years ago