List of Christopher Whall works in Scotland

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Centre light of three-light window in Dornoch Cathedral.

This is a list of the stained glass works of Christopher Whall (1849–1924) in Scotland reflecting Whall's intent to reflect the inspiration of nature in this art.

Whall's works also include:

Church Location Date(s) Subject, notes and references
Douglas Castle Douglas, Lanarkshire 1894 to 1896 Henry Wilson was commissioned to decorate the Earl of Douglas's private chapel and chose Whall to assist. Whall painted the panelled ceiling and the panels for Wilson's altar-piece. He also designed stained glass for the windows on the north side of the chapel. The chapel was demolished in 1960 but Whall's windows were saved and are now in St Sophia's Episcopal Church in the village of Douglas. The windows depict the coats of arms of the Douglas family from earliest times. The foliage in the lower part of the windows is based on the lyric - The Oak and the Ash and the Bonny Ivy tree, which flourish in my home in the North Countree.[1]
Clark Memorial Church (United Presbyterian Church) Largs, Ayrshire 1890 This church has a rich interior with hammerbeam roof, an organ by Willis, and stained glass by Whall, Stephen Adam and William Meikle & Sons. It was the artist John Guthrie, associated with the Glasgow Boys, who commissioned Whall to design a series of windows for this church in 1890. The church was given by John Clark of the Anchor Thread Mills, Paisley, and designed by William Kerr of T G Abercrombie. It is in red sandstone from Locharbriggs and Corsehill. Whall designed four large two-light windows. Subjects include the Vision of Samuel, the Thanksgiving and Sacrifice of Noah, the Sacrifice of Abraham and the Good Samaritan.[1][2]
Falkirk Old Parish Church Falkirk 1897 This church merged with St Modan in 1986. It has two central north windows by Whall dating from 1897. These windows were the result of a legacy from Mr. Archibald Melville and are in memory of his father John Melville of Kersehill and his wife and child who had predeceased him. The subject of the windows is Love fulfilling the Law: In the first instance the theme is our duty to God (the Love of God) and in the second our duty to Man (Love of our Neighbour). The windows include depictions of Abel, Abraham, Moses and David as well as the Good Samaritan.[3][4]
Dalwyck Church Dalwyck, Scottish Borders 1897 The chapel of Dawyck House, sometimes known as Dalwyck Church, contains a three-light north window by Whall dating from 1897, this commissioned by members of the Nasmyth and Balfour families to commemorate E.R. Balfour. The subjects depicted in the window are David the Shepherd, Christ by the Sea of Galilee, and Jonathan with his Attendant.[1][5]
Kirkmichael Parish Church Kirkmichael, Perthshire 1899 Single light window depicts "Christ blessing the Children".[1]
St Nicholas East Aberdeen 1899 Whall designed the east window in the church's St Mary's Chapel. This has been described as one of the finest Arts and Crafts windows in Scotland. It features a Pietà and is in memory of Dr. James Cooper.[1]
The Chapel of St Colm and St Margaret Walls and Flotta, Orkney 1900 This chapel was originally the Episcopal chapel for Melsetter House, and was a William Richard Lethaby, Arts and Crafts building, as was Melsetter House. The chapel has two lights by Whall on the South wall. They depict St Margaret and St Colm. The chapel was Lethaby's first experiment with concrete as a structural material.[6]
Chapel of Fettes College Edinburgh, Lothian 1899 The Whall window is situated on the east side of the chapel (which faces north). It is a three-light window with Christ the Good Shepherd in the middle light, flanked by two angels in each of the other lights. Below the three windows are the words: "He shall feed his flock like a shepherd"; "He shall gather the lambs with his arm" and "Come unto him and he will give you rest". There is also a dedication "In loving memory of John Kerr Anderson died 17th February 1848 aged 18."[1]
Bowden and Melrose Parish Church Melrose, Scottish Borders 1908 The three-light Whall window in the chancel of this church dates from 1908 and was a gift from Mr. Roberts of Drygrange in memory of his wife.[5] In the light to the left, St Margaret, Mother of King David 1, is depicted and in the light to the right is St Cuthbert attired as a bishop. The dominating feature of the central light is the crucifixion with a weeping angel at the foot of the cross. Whall also features the sun in eclipse, as appropriate to the crucifixion, the moon, the Holy City and the city wall with the straitgate and the broadgate. Below these and on the left is the Tree of Good and Evil from the Garden of Eden, and on the right the Tree of Life, the tallest and an olive tree.[clarification needed] Level with the base of the cross, Whall includes a frieze of spring flowers.[7]
Sorbie Parish Church, also known as Millisle Church Millisle 1915 This church contains Whall's Sir Malcolm Donald McEacharn window. The original drawings of the window can be seen in the National Gallery, London. The McEacharn window dates to 1915. Many critics regard this window as one of Whall's best works.[1][8]
Alloway Parish Church Alloway.Ayrshire 1922 Must have been one of Whall's last windows. It was installed by Guthrie and Wells. Situated on the east wall of the south transept, the window depicts a nativity scene. Joseph kneels to kiss the hand of the infant Jesus who is held by Mary. In his Through a Glass Brightly, J Walter McGinty writes "The supporting roof timbers are a foreshadowing of the cross, while above are the angels and the light from heaven. Outside the stable can be seen, on the right a robin and on the left the garden and tomb, while faintly visible in the distance is a church." The window was a gift from Mrs. I. Barr-Smith of South Australia in memory of her parents, Alexander and Christina Mitchell of Sauchrie.[9][10]


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  2. ^ "Clark Memorial Church (United Presbyterian Church)". Clark Memorial Church (United Presbyterian Church). 
  3. ^ Gifford, John; Walker, Frank Arneil (2002). Buildings of Scotland. Stirling and Central Scotland. Pevsner Architectural Guides. Yale University Press. ISBN 9780300095944. 
  4. ^ "Falkirk Old & St Modan's Parish Church". Sacred Scotland. Retrieved 2012-09-10. 
  5. ^ a b Cruft, Kitty; Dunbar, John; Fawcett, Richard (2006). Buildings of Scotland: Borders. Pevsner Architectural Guides. Yale University Press. ISBN 9780300107029. 
  6. ^ "The Chapel of St Colm and St Margaret". Sacred Scotland. Retrieved 2012-09-10. 
  7. ^ "Bowden and Melrose Parish Church". Sacred Scotland. Retrieved 2012-09-10. 
  8. ^ "Sorbie Parish Church/Millisle Church". Scotlands Places. Retrieved 2012-09-10. 
  9. ^ Through a Glass Brightly. J.Walter McGinty. ISBN 978-0-9535678-1-2. 
  10. ^ "Alloway Parish Church". British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 2012-09-10.