Lord Dewar's Memorial Window

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St John's Kirk

St John's Place




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Status: On original site
Type: Non freestanding
Location: Internal
Setting: Attached to a building/structure
Description: Stained glass window
  • Glass Stained Glass
Lettering: Painted
  • First World War (1914-1918)
About the memorial: Eight Light Stained Glass Window, with tracery. The lights are arranged in 2 ranks of 4 above each other. The top rank of lights depict, in order, Saints Deborah, Hildah [sic], Miriam and Anna. The dedication is across the 4 lights of the lower rank of lights. This window, the gift of Lord Dewar, along with it's counterpart in the south transept, forms an integral part of the war memorial scheme whereby the restoration of the church commemorated the men who gave their lives in the First World War. The subject, chosen by Lord Dewar himself, is four Biblical prophetesses and can be regarded as a celebration of women. On the left is Deborah, robed in green, who 'dwelt under a palm tree' and who inspired Barak to go forth and deliver Israel from Jaben and Sisera. The panel underneath shows the children of Israel standing before Deborah for judgement. Next, in red, is the figure of Huldah, who, in the reign of King Josiah, prophesised the destruction of Jerusalem. The panel beneath shows Hilkiah the High Priest burning the vessels of Baal. The third panel depicts the prophetess Miriam, the elder sister of Moses and Aaron. Robed in blue, timbrel in hand, it was she who sang the song of praise to the Lord after the destruction of the Egyptians. Underneath are the divided waters of the Red Sea. The right-hand light shows a prophetess from the New Testament, Anna, who recognised the Messiah in the Infant Jesus, when His parents brought Him to the Temple for presentation to the Lord. In the panel underneath is the aged Simeon who also recognised the Messiah and who, having blessed Him said, "Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace". The traceried head of the window shows the Virgin and Child with the crown and cross on either side and with the signs of Alpha and Omega surrounded by angelic figures. As in the Great West Window it will be noticed that the artist, Herbert Hendrie, has used a large amount of pearly background glass to allow the maximum amount of light into the church. The window was dedicated in 1930.
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