England Records of Irvingites (National Institute)
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Irvingites[edit | edit source]
This was the popular name for the Catholic Apostolic Church founded in 1833 by Edward Irving, a former Scottish Presbyterian minister. They had elaborate ceremonies based on Greek Orthodox and Roman Catholic rituals, claimed the gifts of tongues and prophecy, and even had a statue of Buddha in one chapel. Although adherents were enthusiastic about Irving’s sermons it was never a very large group, with only nine registers at the PRO, five of them from London. Some registers survive, with an example shown here.
Chart: Irvingite Chapel, Islington, Middlesex Baptisms RG4/4531 FHL film 0825319
Printed register with spaces for details
|No 3. Martha WATKINS elder of the twin daughters of William|
WATKINS of No 1 Brittania Row, Lower Road in the parish of St. Mary Islington in the County of Middlesex (trunk maker) and Maria his wife, born on the Seventhday of December in the year of our Lord One thousand eight hundred and thirty four was baptized this Twenty eighth day of December in the year of our Lord One thousand eight hundred and thirty four by me Duncan Mackensie.
No 4. Mary WATKINS younger of the twin daughters...(otherwise same as entry as above)
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