Sunday, 28 August 2011

St. Modan's Church

The Window at the East end of the church is in memory of the Rev. McLeod Campbell who was welcomed at Rosneath after being shunned by the church at large for writing a book The Nature of Atonement which asserted that salvation and atonement were available to all and not just the elect few.

The window was designed by the Edinburgh firm of Clayton and Bell and installed in 1873.

Clayton and Bell 1873

Left Window Architectural Detail

More of Left Hand Architectural Detail

Left Lancet Depicting Christ in Gethesmane

Lower Portion of Left Lancet with Architectural Detail

The central portion depicts the text "I am the bread of life"

Architectural Detail of the Central Panel

The Central Image

Image and Details at the Foot of the Central Panel

The Image on the Right is clearly influenced by the Holman Hunt painting which had great popularity at the time and continuing influence today.

Architectural Detail at the Top of the Right Lancet

Architectural Detail Above the Main Image

"Behold I Stand at the Door and Knock"

Details at the Foot of the Window

Tuesday, 23 August 2011

St. Modan's Church

The oldest window of in the church is known as the Oliphant window as it was gifted by a Mrs Oliphant, a writer who was a frequent visitor to Rosneath Manse. It is dedicated to the memory of her daughter who died while holidaying in Rome.

The theme is Jesus the Lamb of God. It depicts Jesus with children, being crucified, and as the good shepherd. It was designed by A Maitland and installed in 1862.

General view

Tracery Detail

Jesus with the Children


Angels over the Good Shepherd

The Good Shepherd

Thursday, 18 August 2011

St. Modan's Church

Although St Modan's is a relatively small church, it has a wealth of significant window makers from the late 19th century into the latter half of the 20th century.

The oldest window in the church and originally was in the East Window of the Chancel. It was designed by A Maitland and installed in 1862.

Maitland, 1862

Other windows include the Edinburgh company of Clayton and Bell who put two windows into the church. The first was installed in 1973 in the West window.

Clayton and Bell, 1873

This small window has the memorial date of 1888, but was installed later that that.

Clayton and Bell, after 1888

There are two Douglas Strachan windows of 1908 and 1915 in the South transept.

Strachan, 1908

Strachan, 1915

The window in the Chancel is by Stephen Adam & Son, installed in 1921. This is strange to me, as I thought the partnership between father and son had been dissolved before WWI.

Stephen Adam and Son, 1921

In the chapel there is a window by CE Stewart installed in 1955.

C E Stewart, 1955

In a small window to the right of the Chancel is a small lancet window by Crear McCartney, installed in 1996.
McCartney, 1996

There also is a set of windows by Gordon Webster installed in 1976 which I was unable to photograph as it was covered in scaffolding due to roof repairs. This, of course, forms an excuse to attend the church again.

This provides a taste of the windows, I will show pictures of each of the windows in turn.

Monday, 15 August 2011

St. Modan's Church

St Modan's Church is located in Rosneath, Arglyshire, Scotland. It is on the site of one of the oldest christian churches in Scotland. St Monan came to Scotland about the same time as St Columba. It is reputed that St Monan died around 700 CE at a well named after him which was the location of the first church – a wattle and daub structure. An incised stone was discovered in the 19th century which is thought to be his grave covering.

St Modan's Stone

A church building is known to have existed by 1199, This was replaced by another in the 16th century and again after the reformation in the 17th. This was a cruciform church of very plain structure which the Duke of Argyll apparently referred to as the barn. The remaining walls of the church in the graveyard indicate how plain the structure was.

17th century church from the south west

17th century church from the West

More information on the archaeology of the site can be found on Scotland's Places

The graveyard contains the only known grave in Scotland of an African slave. Robert Story came to Scotland as a freed slave and became a servant of the minister of the church, Rev. Robert Story. He took the minister's name as a mark of respect apparently. The graveyard continued to be used into the early 20th century.

Graveyard from the North

Some stones hark back to earlier periods, such as these two 19th century stones made to recall an earlier period.

The older stones such as this one show quite a different outlook although hard to interpret.

The fifth and present church on this site was completed in 1853. It has been expanded several times, each one keeping faith with the materials and form of the original church. It was the church in which Princess Louise, daughter of Queen Victoria and her husband the Duke of Argyll worshipped. The East Transept faces the main road through the town.

East Transept

The 1853 building consisted only of the East - West transept. The North and South transepts were added later.

The entrance is at the right side of the South transept.

South Transept

The North transept as the oldest window, a Claton and Bell one from 1873.

North Transept

Perhaps as a result of the titled interest, the church has a wealth of objects, decoration and stained glass from the 19th to 20th centuries. The church was opened in 1853 with a single isle. The North and then the South transepts were added later.

Interior facing the Chancel

The chancel roof is highly decorated for a Scottish presbeterian church.

South Chancel Roof

The altar is highly decorated with a painting of the last supper above. It also contains a modern representation of St Modan preaching.

Just outside the chancel is erected the stone discovered buried in the 19th century and thought to be St Modan's gravestone.

Further posts will be about the glass, of which there is considerable.