Family Research – English, Scottish and Irish Genealogy

5/8/2004

Stained Glass

For a church of its size, the Old West Kirk, Greenock possesses a notable collection of stained glass windows, as fine as any to be seen in much larger buildings.

In all, there are 16 “illuminated” windows of one, two, three and four panels (or lights) mostly donated as “Memorial” tributes.

The exception to this is the magnificent four light window in the Laird’s Gallery – “The Last Supper” – the gift of Sir Michael Robert Shaw Stewart (c.1850), the last laird to occupy his Family pew in The Old West Kirk. (see Picture Gallery)

This collection was started by Mr. Allan Park Paton when the Old West Kirk was restored and re-opened in 1864, after a closure of 23 years. Mr. Paton, a well-known patron of the Arts, was instrumental in placing commissions for four stained glass windows with the prestigious firm of William Morris.

These windows were designed by associates of Morris, the Pre-Raphaelite artists Sir Edward Burne-Jones and Dante Gabriel Rossetti, as well as a fifth by the elder Cottier.

The three by Burne-Jones were “Faith,” “Music,” “The Adoration Of The Lamb,” “Love” by Rossetti; and “Hope” by Cottier.

These five windows in particular are said to be among some of the finest examples of modern stained glass and have attracted attention from many parts of the world.

source-rhs Stained Glass Windows

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