from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A baptismal font of stone.
Sorry, no etymologies found.
The same time was Aulafe baptised, king Egelred receiuing him at the fontstone, and so he promised neuer after to make anie war within this land.
Alured and was baptised, king Alured receiuing him at the fontstone, named him Adelstan, and gaue to him the countrie of Eastangle, which he gouerned (or rather spoiled) by the space of twelue yéeres.
One of his sonnes also king Alfred held at the fontstone, and to the other duke Aldred was god father.
Frisia, should have been baptized, and had then one foot in the fontstone and that other without, and demanded whether the more part of his predecessors were in hell or in heaven, and when he heard that more of them were in hell than in heaven, he said: It is more holy to follow the more part than the less, and withdrew his foot that was in the font, and so was he deceived of the devil, which promised unto him goods without number, and the fourth day he died suddenly and perished perdurably.
_ Sithrike.] receiued at the fontstone: William Malmesburie taketh them to be but one man, which is not like to be true.