Edinburgh: St Giles' Cathedral Church of Scotland, Holy Cross Aisle

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The Last Supper; Christ´s Agony in the Garden; The Betrayal; Christ bearing the Cross

Window of three trefoil-headed lights arranged in two stages with tracery.

This window depicts scenes from Holy Week.

Upper Stage:
This stage depicts Jesus and the Disciples at the Last Supper.

Lower Stage:
Lancet 1: This light depicts Jesus Christ´s Agony in the Garden of Gethsemane.
Lancet 2: This light depicts Judas kissing Jesus otherwise known as The Betrayal.
Lancet 3: This light depicts Jesus Christ bearing the cross.

Tracery: The Angels are holding banners with text. ________

‘Presented by William Law/ Lord Provost of Edinburgh/from Novr. 1860-Novr. 1872.’

This window was installed after 1872.

Noel Paton and Robert Hardman designed the Scheme

James Ballantine and Son and supervision by Robert Hardman

James Ballantine and Son: (James: 1808-1877, Alexander: 1841-1906, James: 1878-1940) The founder James, was born in Edinburgh. He was apprenticed to a house-painter as a young man and had few advantages in the way of education. He later campaigned for the education of apprentices beyond the craft/trade they were learning. He also mixed paints as a young man for David Roberts, a scenic artist at the Theatre Royal. He continued by apprenticing in Stained Glass and established his own business with George Allan in 1837. James was out spoken in leading the Stained Glass design aesthetic in Scotland and was incredibly prolific. His son Alexander took over the firm in 1877, he then trained his son James, who took over the firm in 1906.


Resource Rights Holder: Scottish Stained Glass Trust and Symposium
Record ID: 000-000-768-013-C
Project Ref:
Material: Glass, Lead, Paint, Stain
Dimensions: Approx 3 x 1.5m
Subject/Keywords: Holy Week, Last Supper, Jesus Christ, Disciples, betrayal, Gethsemane, Cross, memorial window
Event: William Law, Lord Provost of Edinburgh (Donated by)
Photographer: Elisa Conesa Martinez