Scottish First Communion (1960s)


Figure 1.--This Scottish boy (about 7 or 8 years old ) is dressed up for First Communion, signified by the white baldric that he wears across his chest. He is wearing his school uniform, a dark-colored blazer, short trousers, and school knee socks. The school emblem is on his blazer pocket. We believe he attends a private or state Roman Catholic church.

This Scottish boy (about 7 or 8 years old ) is dressed up for First Communion, signified by the white baldric that he wears across his chest. He is wearing his school uniform, a dark-colored blazer, short trousers, and school knee socks. The school emblem is on his blazer pocket. We believe he attends a private or state Roman Catholic church. A reader tells us a High Anglican school is possible, but the Catholic Schools are more likely because the Scottish Episcopal Church is quite small. He probably lives in Glasgow or the region of Galloway in the Western Scotland. Here immigrants from Ireland revivedthe Catholic Church in Scotland during the 19th century. The Episcopal Church of Scotland (not to be confused with the Kirk or established Church of Scotland, which is Protestant) is liturgically ritualistic and very similar to the Roman church in its emphasis on sacraments. The white baldric was apparently used by this school in lieu of the old-fashioned white ribbon tied around the arm. We don't know the date of the photo. It is probably from the 1960s.







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