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All Saints Church Raughton Head Parish Magazine Rose Castle
Stained Glass Windows
My retirement hobby of making photo-records of stained (SG) glass windows has led me to being recruited as a volunteer photo-archivist and researcher by various organisations and Trusts dedicated to the recording and preservation of SG windows, and to becoming a member of the British Society of Master Glass Painters Trust, (BSMGPT).
All the windows in All Saints are fine examples of the SG craft that existed in the late Victorian and Edwardian period, and are in excellent condition but so far I have not been able to identify the name of the artists or firms responsible for their design, as none appear to be signed, nor are the names mentioned on various websites relating to All Saints or Raughton Head. 
The window below (The Agony in the Garden,
Luke 22:42, with Christ holding the cup of sorrow) is particularly intriguing as the design is unlike any I have come across in the nearly four years that I have been pursuing my hobby and therefore gives no clue to compare it with other windows attributed to known artists/firms.
I am seeking advice on any likely sources of such information such as Parish records, etc and to ask if the PCC would like to receive a copy of the photo-record for their archives as I would be pleased to donate this on a CD-R. Are the dates on which dedication services were held for each window on record, as old newspaper reports of such services occasionally contain a description of the window and the name of the artist or SG firm, as well as the benefactor who donated the window the Minister who conducted the service etc?
Any assistance you are able to provide will be much appreciated. Kind regards,

Ian S. Lees - 014503 73318
ian.s.lees@btinternet.com
Volunteer Photo-Archivist
Scotland’s Churches Trust
Scottish Stained Glass Trust
BSMGP Trust

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Update 1
If the "Agony in the Garden" window turns out be be by Ballantines of Edinburgh, one of Scotland's leading SG firms from the mid 1850s to 1940 with 4 generations of the Ballantine family involved , which my contact at NADFAS has suggested as a possibility, I will certainly feature this window in my next presentation to the Scottish Stained Glass Symposium as the subject matter is quite rare, and must have been created to special order.
Ian S. Lees - 014503 73318

Update 2
I have done a little research on the Web and from 17th-18th century oil painting it seems that Christ in the Garden of Olives is portrayed praying with a downcast face without a cup in his hand , or prostate on the ground and without an angel in attendance, ( as Matthew 26) whereas paintings of the scene in the garden with Christ kneeling and holding a cup, whilst looking upwards in prayer asking God to take the cup of sorrows , with an angel in attendance, are titled - the Agony in the garden.
Luke 22 seems to describe the scene in the window more accurately than the passages from Matthew or Mark, so if I have a vote I would plump for Luke as this mentions the angel as shown in the window. I leave it to the theologians to advise if the Agony in the Garden took place on the Mount of Olives !
Ian S. Lees - 014503 73318 or 078554 46078
ian.s.lees@btinternet.com

Luke 22: 42-43
Jesus prays on the Mount of Olives
He withdrew about a stone’s throw beyond them, knelt down and prayed.
“Father, if you are willing, take this cup form me: yet not my will, but yours be done”.
An angel from heaven appeared to him and strengthened him.

The Green Cross
In the 4 years that I have been pursuing my hobby, I have visited hundreds of churches in Scotland, Northumberland, Yorkshire, Norfolk, and Cumbria and have amassed a photo-library of thousands of images of SG windows. I cannot recall one showing Christ crucified on a green cross or with a green cross on his way to Calvary. Normally, Christ is depicted in SG windows as being crucified on a brown or black cross made from flat wooden boards with a nailed cross piece. St. Oswald however is often depicted in SG holding a green cross made from two round poles lashed together with a short cross piece, just as St Michael is depicted with wings and slaying a demon, whilst St George has no wings and is slaying a dragon, St Cuthbert is often shown holding the severed head of St Oswald, and St. Peter is shown holding the Keys to Heaven.
Ian S. Lees - 014503 73318 or 078554 46078
ian.s.lees@btinternet.com


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