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

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Tha Baptism of Jesus; The Calling of the Apostoles; The First Miracle at Cana; Healing of Sick,

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

This window depicts scenes from Jesus Christ’s life and ministry.

Upper Stage:
This stage depicts the Baptism of Jesus Christ by John the Baptist.

Lower Stage:
Lancet 1: This light depicts Jesus Christ calling the Apostles.
Lancet 2: This light depicts the first miracle performed by Jesus Christ at the Wedding Feast in Cana.
Lancet 3: This light depicts Jesus Christ healing the sick.

Tracery: The Angels are holding banners with text. ________

‘In Memory of James Richardson/ Merchant in Edinburgh Born 1804 Died 1863/ Erected by his widow and children 1875.’

This window was installed in 1875.

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: 000-000-768-016-C
Project Ref:
Material: Glass, Lead, Paint, Stain
Dimensions: Approx 3 x 1.5m
Subject/Keywords: Baptism, Jesus Christ, John the Baptist, Apostles, miracle, Cana, Wedding Feast, healing, memorial window
Event: James Richardson (In memory of)
Photographer: Elisa Conesa Martinez