The Windows of New Kilpatrick are one of its more significant features especially as you stand inside the worship space. A booklet about the windows can be found here.
Light splashes across walls and makes the space stretch with the colours from some very vivid glass. Each tells their own story.
We have taken a number of new photos of the glass. Jon Cossar, one of our members, took them for us and from them you can see the beauty of the art but hopefully within that you'll discover past cultures, what was fashionable then, how tastes have changed, but also the eternal story of God's relationship with God's People.
The thumbnails will take you through to bigger, brighter images and the story each window tells.
John Baptist and Paul the Apostle
Design: - Nathaniel Westlake Executed by: - Lavers & Westlake Studio , Covent Garden, London Donor: - Mrs Dove, sister of John Peter - 1881 In memory of John son of William Peter of Overpossil (now in Lambhill), died 1878. John had emigrated to Australia around 1832 to manage a sheep station. He was very successful and contributed much to the community of Wagga Wagga while becoming very wealthy before retiring to Mayfair, London and Suffolk, without his wife Mary in the 1860’s.
Artist: J T & C E Stewart. Donor: The congregation of New Kilpatrick Church. In memory of Rev John H Dickie Minister of New Kilpatrick 1907 - 1926. The purple robe implies Christ’s Kingship but in the absence of a crown denotes that His rule has not yet fully and finally come. Christ is looking not towards the glory that will be his but towards the earth where He has lived and died for man’s salvation. The cross is bejewelled for it has ceased to be a thing of shame.
Artist: Gordon M Webster. Donor: Daughters and BB friends, commemorating Andrew McPherson DFC 1940. The window is primarily a young people’s window with young people and living things with a message for parents and all who have to do with youth. Christ dominates the group. He is the children’s Friend welcoming them as they listen, trust, serve and love. To the childlike belongs the Kingdom of God which is suggested by the city and temple in the background.
Birth death & Resurrection
Artist: Stephen Adam.Donor: Mathew Henderson. Dedicated to his wife, died 1908.In the left light three distinguished visitors from the east representing three ages and interests bear costly gifts for Him who was born a Child and yet a King. The star is given due prominence. In the right light, Calvary the thorn-crowned and chain -laden Prisoner is shown. Behind Him a Roman soldier pointing to Him as if to say ‘Behold the man’.The flower encircled cross is eloquent of rich gain to mankind
Crossing the bar
Design: J T Stewart. Executed by C E Stewart. Donor: The Fairlie sisters In memory of their brother James R Fairlie, died 1936. Sunset and the evening star And one clear call for me I hope to see my Pilot face to face, When I have crossed the bar Tennyson’s poem inspired this window. The young man in the ship represents the un-ageing human soul. Life’s trials are suggested by the double idea of a voyage and a conflict.
Education and Music
Artist: Eilidh Keith Donors: Mrs Branston, Gordon and Kay in memory of husband and father, Bill Branston. Dedicated 8th October 2000.In the left hand light, Jesus is seen in the temple listening and asking questions of teachers and on the right the angel of music with the harp. The window encompasses the whole earth, sun, moon and stars praise God. The motto Absurma Mitor “I strive for the highest”. And the badge of Jordanhill College school pay tribute to the fact that Bill Branston was
Artist: Douglas Strachan Donor: The congregation of New Kilpatrick. In memory of those members of the congregation who gave their lives in World War II The men of the Emmaus Road constrain the one who has made their hearts burn within them to stay and eat with them. 'The day is far spent' so he remains. At the table, in the breaking of the bread suddenly he was known to them. In the breaking of bread there is a symbol of Christ's love, Christ's compassion and support in difficult times.
Artist: Douglas Stachan Donor: The congregation of New Kilpatrick church. In memory of those members of the congregation who gave their lives in World War II Here Christ is now enthrones and as in Revelation, elders stand to his right and left but Christ is central to the scene. Above Christ is a done shaped canopy in which are set the sun, moon and signs of the zodiac, symbolic of the universe created by the dove like Spirit of God hovering overhead.
Faith and Love
Artist: James Ballantine II, Edinburgh. Donor: Mrs J R Montgomerie Flemming 1907 in memory of her husband and parents, Dr & Mrs William Prichard. The theme to the left is Fides or faith, conventionally represented by colour blue. The staff and lighted lamp tell of the strength and guidance on which the Christian pilgrim can count. The right light is Caritas, love in action, a suitable subject for a window commemorating a doctor - red is the colour signifying love.
Alf Webster 1915 This gem of a window was designed by Alf Webster as a tribute to his teacher Stephen Adam. The young figure offers God the first fruits of harvest: grapes, grain and flowers. The figure is said to be that of the artist's son Gordon, aged 5.
Artist: Linda Cannon In Memory of her friend Julie Adams, who was a member at New Kilpatrick. The window is completely different from any other window in the kirk. It’s not didactic. Its primary purpose is not to teach us a biblical lesson nor draw us closer to divine truth. The primary purpose is simply to be. In this regard, it celebrates the fundamental characteristic of a good friendship – being with someone you love.
Designed by: Frederick Vincent Hart. Executed by: Charles Gow for McCulloch & Co. Donor: Three sons in memory of James Cruickshank of Melford House, died 1884. This window represents a technique where the colour is painted on to instead of in the glass. The parable is portrayed simply.Installed by famous Glasgow firm Mc Culloch & Gow. Its founder Hugh McCulloch was a gifted interior designer, former apprentice of Daniel Cottier.
Artist: W H Margetson (copied from an English Cathedral window). Donor Mr & Mrs Ninian Glen in memory of their 17 year old son Ninian. Executed and adapted by Stephen Adam & Alf A Webster.The window depicts the loving care of the Good Shepherd as suggested by his red robe. He is carrying a lamb in His arms and He possesses a crook to guide and protect. He is leading His flock from a thistle infested field to wholesome pasture.
house on rock
Artist: Susan Bradbury (2013) Donor: Margaret Johnston in memory of her husband, fabric convenor who was responsible for rebuilding the East Stairwell in which both these windows are housed.
house on sand
Artist: Susan Bradbury (2013) Donor: Margaret Johnston in memory of her husband This is the second of two. The details of these two windows tell the story of the man who built his house on the rock and the one who built on the sand. The glass is three dimensional bringing in the light from outside. There are etched panes with fossils and shellfish painted on them.
Jesus and Mary
Jesus and Thomas
Light at evening time
Master of the Waves
Power of his Resurrection
Prayer and Praise
The Good Life
Tree of Life
Virtue and Valour
Way for the Ransomed
Way of the cross
Whole Armour of God
Woman called blessed1