The Kirk of Calder Stained Glass Windows
(Larger versions of all the photos below can be viewed in the Kirk Photo
East window above balcony
|Refurbished in 1995, the Stained glass windows are
considered to be of very fine quality, not often seen in provincial
churches of this kind. Despite being of similar profiles, all the windows
all have different stone mullion patterns
The older part of the building constructed in 1541 has two stained glass
windows. The oldest is the East window (above the present balcony) which
according to the Kirk session minutes of 1864 indicates that a window
designed by Messrs, Field and Allen, Frederick street, Edinburgh had been
inserted as a replacement for an earlier window. It depicts the four
evangelists: Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.
|The South elevation has three windows, working East to West
the first two are mainly plain clear diamond shaped leaded windows and the
third a stained glass window depicting the four saints believed to be
(from left to right from the inside) St Andrew with a Saltire cross, St
Peter with the keys to Heaven, St James with a pilgrims staff, and St John
the Evangelist with a book and pen. It is mentioned in the Kirk Minutes of
1st December 1884 when permission was granted to a Mr. H. B. McCall to
erect it a memorial to his wife.
The translation of Latin transcription is " To the glory of God and
in memory of his beloved wife, ("Vidae Mariae") Vida Mary who died on the 16th March 1884 aged
33, She fell asleep in Jesus and her ashes rest in the adjoining cemetery.
Hardy Bertram McCall had this window made."
South wall window
South transept window and West
wall window to left of organ
The Newer part of the Church constructed in 1863 has four stained glass
windows, a large one to match the size of the other South facing windows
on the South transept, two narrower full height windows either side of the
pulpit on the West wall, and a rose window at high level above the organ
also on the West Wall. the final window on the North transept is a large
window glazed with diamond shaped leaded clear glass similar to the first
two windows on the South elevation.
The oldest richly coloured stained glass window is the one on the South
transept and was approved by the Kirk Session on 31st January 1891 when
the Rev. Mr. Gardener submitted a sketch of a window to be erected by John
Wilson Esq. of Alderton.
It depicts in the first two sections the visit of Saints Mary Magdalene
and Mary mother of James to the sepulcher and has the text "He is not
here for he is risen". The third and fourth sections represent the
Saviour's appearance to Saint Mary in the garden, with the text
"Touch me not for I am not yet ascended"
|The windows either side of the organ on the West wall were
dedicated by the son and daughter of James "Paraffin" Young who
discovered the process to obtain paraffin and one of the founders of the
shale oil industry. The one to the left w3as dedicated by Thomas Graham
Young to his father who died in 1883 and his mother Mary Young who died in
1868. It shows in the first section Moses at Sinai receiving the tablets
of the law and has the inscription "God shall wipe away all tears
from their eyes", the second section shows Mary sitting at the
feet of Jesus, and Martha "cumbered about with much serving",
with the text "Mary has chosen that good part which shall not be
taken away from her"
The window to the right of the organ was dedicated by a daughter of James
Paraffin Young, Mr. and Mrs. Walker of Limefield. It is known as the
children' window and is dedicated " In Memory of Mary" their
daughter that died in infancy. It has the
text "Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them
not, for such is the kingdom of Heaven". Mary died on the 23rd April
1885 aged only 12 years and 6 months and rests in the church graveyard to
the left of the Malt Barn.
Children's window on West wall
Rose window above organ on West wall
|It is thought that the rose widow above the organ was
installed at the same time as the other two West facing windows.
On sunny days the full splendour of the windows are seen with rich colours
reflected on the old walls of the Kirk.
The Leaflet "The Windows of Kirk of Calder" has further
information on the windows, and is included in the Publications
Larger versions of the Photos and detail of some of
the panels can be seen in The Kirk Photo