Glasgow: Hyndland Parish Church of Scotland, Left Aisle

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The Old Covenant and The New Covenant

Window of three pointed trefoiled lights, with two cinquefoils, a trefoil and tracery.

This window depicts the Old and New Covenants interpreted through scenes from the Old and New Testaments.

Lancet 1:
Upper scene: The Old Covenant: Moses (with horns) presenting the ten commandments on tablets of stone.
Primary scene: The three kings who travelled to give gifts to the Christ child.
Lower scene: Jesus in the temple.

Lancet 2:
Upper scene: Light shining down from the Kingdom of Heaven.
Primary scene: Nativity scene of Joseph, Mary and Jesus.
Lower scene: This is the dedication panel from Professor Richie Girvan M.Am LL. D. of the University of Glasgow. This panel depicts Glasgow University at Gilmorehill, the coat of arms of the City of Glasgow, and the coat of arms of Campbeltown, the place of Professor Girvan's birth.

Lancet 3:
Upper scene: This vignette depicts King David giving advice to Solomon, who will succeed him as King of Israel.
Primary scene: Shepards paying homage to the Christ child at the nativity scene.
Lower scene: The New Covenant tells of Jesus' love for Martha, Mary and Lazarus their brother. Here Jesus prepares to raise Lazarus from the dead, and also anticipates His own resurrection (St John Chapter 11 )

The window was presented to the church by Professor Ritchie Girvan M.A. LL.D. of the University of Glasgow, in memory of deceased members of his family. Glasgow University at Gilmorehill, the coat of arms of the City of Glasgow, and the coat of arms of Campbeltown, the place of Professor Girvan's birth, are all clearly depicted at the foot of the central panel. The Campbeltown motto "Ignavis Precibus Fortuna Repugnat" means "Fortune does not listen to idle prayers".

Gordon Webster (1908-1987) was born in Glasgow, the son of Alf Webster, a renowned Stained Glass Artist and inheritor of Stephen Adam Studio. Alf Webster died in WWI when Gordon was 6 years. The Studio was kept running due to MCM Webster (Alf’s widow) and Douglas Hamilton, Alf Webster’s assistant. Gordon was trained by Douglas Hamilton and took control of the studio in the late 1920s. Alf’s design’s were used to begin with, but by the mid 1930s, Gordon developed his own style which proved to be effective and successful.


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Who: Gordon Webster (artist)
Professor Ritchie Girvan MA LLD (in memory of)
What: Memorial Window, Church of Scotland
Where: Scotland, Glasgow, 81 Hyndland Road, Hyndland Parich Church
When: 1961 (installed)
21-Oct-14 (photograph taken)
Resource Rights Holder: Glasgow City Heritage Trust
Record ID: 000-000-764-017-C
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Subject/Keywords: nativity, bethlehem, star of bethlehem, Glasgow, University of Glasgow, Gilmorehill, heraldry, University of Glasgow coat of arms, Girvan family motto, Christs childhood, Christ, Mary, Joseph, Shepherds
Photographer: Rachael Purse