Communion Cup

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From Greyfriars' Kirk, Edinburgh

Postcard of Communion Cup.
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Communion Cup

This silver communion cup is one of a pair from Greyfriars' Kirk in Edinburgh. The pair was made by Edinburgh silversmith John Wardlaw in 1644. Two cups of the same type were made for Greyfriars in 1633-5 by Thomas Cleghorne, also of Edinburgh.

The cup has a deep bowl and a circular stem with a central knop. Cups of this form were acquired by a large number of parishes in the east of Scotland at this time.

Opened in 1620, Greyfriars' Kirk was originally known as the 'Church of the South-west Parish of Edinburgh'. It was one of the first three Scottish post-Reformation churches, along with the Tron Kirk in Edinburgh, and Burntisland Church in Fife.

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Online ID: 000-100-102-899-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  Q.L.1950.22
Date: 1644
Material: Silver
Dimensions: 225 mm H x 208 mm Dia
What: Cup, communion
Who: J. Wardlaw
John Wardlaw, Edinburgh (Silversmith)
Where: Scotland, Midlothian, Edinburgh
Scotland, Midlothian, Edinburgh, Greyfriars Kirk
Description: Silver communion cup from Greyfriars Kirk by John Wardlaw, Edinburgh, 1644
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