18th century communion token found on eBay to be returned to Neilston Parish Church

Neilston communion token

A piece of history from the 18th century has been returned to Neilston.

A communion token which dates back to 1785 will soon take pride of place at the village’s parish church after an eagle-eyed resident clocked the item up for sale online.

Nostalgia enthusiast Matt Drennan, who is secretary of the Neilston War Memorial Association, felt the opportunity was too good to turn down and immediately made a bid when he saw the token going for just £15 on ebay.

Communion tokens were issued to members of reformed churches in the 18th and 19th centuries to allow them to receive the sacrament of the Holy Eucharist.

While the idea originated in Geneva, Switzerland, more than 5,000 different makes have been recorded in Scotland alone.

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