Edinburgh: St Giles' Cathedral Church of Scotland, Preston aisle

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Pentecost, the coming of the Holy Spirit

Window of four trefoil-headed lights and one cinque foiled central light with tracery.

This window depicts the moment of Pentecost, which was the coming of the Holy Spirit to man.

‘They were/all filled with the/ holy Ghost.’

In memory of/James M Bryson/ _____ (Optician?) Edinburgh/ born 21 February 1824/ died 26th January 1894.

This window was installed at the end of the 19th Century.

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 an partner) 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.


Related Records:  
Who: James Ballantine and Son (Firm/Company)
What: Church of Scotland, Memorial Window
Where: High Kirk of Edinburgh
High Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1RE
When: 01/07/2012 (photograph taken)
End 19th Century (installed)
Resource Rights Holder: Scottish Stained Glass Trust and Symposium
Record ID: 000-000-768-032-C
Project Ref:  
Material: Glass, Lead, Paint, Stain
Dimensions: Approx 2 x 2m
Subject/Keywords: Pentecost, holy spirit, descending, fire, Trinity, memorial window, male artist
Event: James M Bryson (In memory of)
Photographer: Elisa Conesa Martinez