Douglas Strachan

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East window at Humbie Parish Church, East Lothian, designed by Douglas Strachan in 1949
Grave of Douglas Strachan, Dean Cemetery

Dr. (Robert) Douglas Strachan (26 May 1875, Aberdeen -1950) was considered the most significant Scottish designer of stained glass windows in the 20th Century. Schooled at Robert Gordon's, he studied art at Gray's School of Art in Aberdeen, at the Life School of the Royal Scottish Academy in Edinburgh, and the Royal Academy in London. From 1895-1897 Strachan worked in Manchester as a black and white artist on several newspapers, and as a political cartoonist for the Manchester Evening Chronicle, until ill-health forced him to return to Aberdeen.

He is buried in the central section of the 20th century extension to Dean Cemetery in Edinburgh.


Although Strachan was interested in Futurism, Cubism, and Vorticism, his work shows little influence of this. Strachan often composed his windows in areas of pure colour which were then defined by areas of silvery white.

His largest commission was to design the windows for the Scottish National War Memorial in Edinburgh Castle in the late 1920s.

Strachan's work can also be seen at:


  • Arthur Colin Russell, Stained Glass Windows of Douglas Strachan