The History of Leith

March 19, 2012

The Golden Grail. (Church Magazine 1909)

The Golden Grail.
South Leith had atone time a very valuable ” gowld
coupe and gowld trinchar,” the gift of the Right Honourable
General Ruthven ; but these, together with a silver
cup, were sold to pay the Laird of Pilrig for the making
of two silver basins and two silver cups for the use of the
Church. This barter is referred to in the Session Records
of October 12, 1638:—
“The said day thair was presented and delivered
to or sessione two silver basons . . . wt two silver
coupes . . . The qlk basons and coups or sessione
appoynted to be made be the Leard of Pilrig, and in
payment thairof or sessione caused that the gowld
coupe and gowld trinchar that was given be Richt
Honerabill Generall Ruthven to or church for or
communione, as also or sessione directed ane other
silver piece to be sold to him in payment. The qlk
silver piece was laft to or church be Wm. Balfour in
his ler will. The forsaid basens is appoynted to be
keeped in or chairtour chist for the service of or
communione of the bodie and blood of Jesus Chryst.”
(Note.—These two silver basins are still possessed by
the church. They are engraved on the rim thus ;—
” DEO AND ECCLESIAB LETHENSI AVSTRALI DI
PA RUTHVEN, EQUITVM TRIBVNVS ME D.D. 1638″;
and on the inner circle thus:—”LOXGIORI use
ATTRITUM ET LACERATUM INSTAURARI ET E
PUKIORI ARGENTO DENUO CONFLARI CURAVIT
T>ICTAE ” ECCLESIAE CONSISTORIUM ANNO. DOMI
1718.”)

source-South Leith Church

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