Edinburgh: Greyfriars Tollbooth & Highland Kirk, Church of Scotland, East End

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The Prodigal Son, The Good Samaritan, The Pharisee and the Publican, The Wise and Foolish Virgins,

Window of five lancet lights.

In Lancets 2-4 this window depicts in medallions- the parables of the Prodigal Son, the Good Samaritan, the Pharisee and the Publican and the Wise and Foolish Virgins. (The last adapted from the picture by James E. Lauder.) Except for these medallions, the windows are of a grisaille design.

‘This stained glass window erected at the restoration of the church. A.D. 1856 Robert Lee, D.D., Minister.’

James Ballantine & 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.


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Who: Ballantine & Son (Firm/Company)
What: Church of Scotland, Commemoration Window
Where: Greyfriars Place, Edinburgh, EH1 2QQ
When: 1856 (installed)
Jul-12 (photograph taken)
Resource Rights Holder: Scottish Stained Glass Trust and Symposium
Record ID: 000-000-769-026-C
Project Ref:
Material: Glass, Lead, Paint, Stain
Dimensions: Approx 6 x 7m
Subject/Keywords: Good Samaritan, Pharisee, Publican, wise virgins, foolish virgins. James E. Lauder, grisaille
Event: The Restoration of the Church (To commemorate)
Photographer: Elisa Conesa Martinez