Baptismal basin

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From Newlands Relief Kirk, Peeblesshire

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Baptismal basin

This pewter baptismal basin is from Newlands Relief Kirk in Peeblesshire. It dates from 1797. Such basins were used at a table or put into baptismal brackets. They held water for baptism, one of the two sacraments in the Presbyterian churches.

The basin is engraved with the inscription: 'Newlands Relief Kirk, 1797'.

In the 18th century many congregations broke away from the established church on points of principle, mainly concerning choice and appointment of ministers. One of the earliest succession groupings was the Relief Church, founded in 1761.

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Online ID: 000-100-000-522-C
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Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.KJ 205
Date: 1797
Material: Pewter. Inscription: NEWLANDS RELIEF KIRK 1797
Dimensions: 100 mm H x 245 mm Dia (rim); 104 mm Dia (base)
What: Basin, baptismal
Subject: Ecclesiastical, miscellaneous, vestments (NMAS Classification)
Who: Newlands Relief Kirk (Owner)
Description: Pewter baptismal basin of Newlands Relief Kirk, Peeblesshire, dated 1797
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