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Charles and James Henderson-Hamilton

 
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David McNay
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 01, 2007 9:12 pm    Post subject: Charles and James Henderson-Hamilton Reply with quote

Location: St Marys Episcopal Church, Auchingramont Road, Hamilton.

IMG_2340 by Scottish Military Research Group, on Flickr

This memorial is in the form of a stained glass window, which not only commemorates the two brothers of this family and their mother (the centre figure of the three) but also Charles' wife. James, Charles and his wife all died within a very short space of time.

The figures in the window have the likenesses of the brothers and their mothers. I was told they were taken from photographs. The family resemblance is quite striking.

The window:

IMG_2287 by Scottish Military Research Group, on Flickr

The plaque:

IMG_2288 by Scottish Military Research Group, on Flickr

Figure on the left (Charles):

IMG_2290 by Scottish Military Research Group, on Flickr

Close up of Charles' inscription on the window:

IMG_2291 by Scottish Military Research Group, on Flickr

Figure on the right (James):

IMG_2295 by Scottish Military Research Group, on Flickr

Close up of James' inscription on the window:

IMG_2294 by Scottish Military Research Group, on Flickr

And just to show the family resemblance, here is a close up of their mothers image:

IMG_2292 by Scottish Military Research Group, on Flickr

I'm a little unsure as to why these windows say Joseph, Rachel and Benjamin. Biblical figures?


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PostPosted: Sat Sep 01, 2007 9:27 pm    Post subject: Re: Charles and James Henderson-Hamilton Reply with quote

David McNay wrote:
I'm a little unsure as to why these windows say Joseph, Rachel and Benjamin. Biblical figures?


Joseph and Benjamin were the sons of Rachel (book of Genesis) - so these windows can be said to depict Rachel and her sons but in the image of Mary, Charles and James which they can excuse because no-one knows what the biblical figures looked like. Saves any argument about whether it is proper to depict non biblical figures in a church - a good bit of lateral thinking.

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 02, 2007 11:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very interesting - and unusual. The faces are almost photographic-like in their reproduction and I wondered about the process in achieving this with the stained glass?
I must admit I feel slightly uneasy with the way the mother and sons have been portrayed like this.

Name: HENDERSON-HAMILTON, CHARLES CAMPBELL
Initials: C C
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Captain
Regiment/Service: Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)
Unit Text: 12th Bn.
Secondary Regiment: King's Own Scottish Borderers
Secondary Unit Text: attd. 1st Bn
Age: 32
Date of Death: 21/08/1915
Additional information: Son of the Rev. Charles Greenhill Henderson-Hamilton and Mary Campbell Hamilton, of Dalserf, Lanarkshire; husband of the late Ann Louisa Hardin Henderson Hamilton.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: Panel 92 to 97.
Memorial: HELLES MEMORIAL


Name: HENDERSON-HAMILTON, JAMES CAMPBELL
Initials: J C
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Lieutenant
Regiment/Service: Black Watch (Royal Highlanders)
Unit Text: 9th Bn.
Age: 31
Date of Death: 27/09/1915
Additional information: Son of the Rev. Charles Greenhill Henderson-Hamilton, late Rector of St. Mary's, Hamilton; husband of Margaret Henderson-Hamilton. His brother Charles also fell.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: I. G. 8.
Cemetery: DUD CORNER CEMETERY, LOOS
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