Edinburgh: St Giles' Cathedral Church of Scotland, Chancel. South side

Postcard of Edinburgh: St Giles' Cathedral Church of Scotland, Chancel. South side. Click to view full image (new window)
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The Parable of the Prodigal Son

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

This window depicts the Parable of the Prodigal Son. (Luke 15:11-32)
The tracery depicts the shepherd finding his lost sheep and angels rejoicing.

Tracery: ‘There is joy in the presence of the angels/of God over one sinner that repenteth’ (Luke 15:10)

'In memory of James Webster born 9th June 1810/ died 4th February 1879.'

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: 000-000-768-034-C
Project Ref:  
Material: Glass, Lead, Paint, Stain
Dimensions: Approx 2 x 2m
Subject/Keywords: Parable, Prodigal Son, Father, memorial window, male artist
Event: James Webster (In memory of)
Photographer: Elisa Conesa Martinez