1842 Original Antique Portpatrick Church Communion Token, Scotland
This small, original coin sized Victorian era Scottish church communion token or medal was found in Tavistock, Devon, England. It measures 1 and 1/16 inches x 3/4 inches and is made of early lead, as most are. They can also be found made of lead, pewter, copper and brass, and in a variety of shapes and sizes.
Text on vintage token reads:
PORTPATRICK, NO. 3, 1842
THIS DO IN REMEMBRANCE OF ME.
1 COR. XI. 24.
In 1690, the Presbyterian Church was recognized as the established church of Scotland, or Kirk. Tokens became widely issued to church members to provide entrance to the Lord's Supper. In later years they were historically replaced with communion cards.
The history of the Portpatrick Free Church can be found in the book, "Annals of the Free Church of Scotland, 1843–1900, edited by Rev. William Ewing, D.D., 2 vols. pub. 1914" Here Reverend Ewing states that "Andrew Urquhart, two elders, and most of the congregation came out in 1843. The handsome church they had newly erected was taken from them. They worshiped for a time on the green near the shore. The church was built, and opened in the winter of 1843. A manse was erected in 1846. After being thrice renovated the original church was replaced by a new building in 1887. A new manse was built in 1891. Portpatrick declined in population after the mail steamers for Ireland ceased to start from the port. After 1880, however, the place grew in popularity as a summer resort. Membership: 1848, 220; 1900, 226."
Condition as seen in large photos. Click to see larger. A wonderful and early Scottish historical piece, with these tokens becoming increasingly researched and collected in the field of exonumia. See a wonderful book on collecting communion tokens here.
Size: 1 and 1/16 inches x 3/4 inch
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