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jamiemcginlay



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PostPosted: Sun Oct 28, 2007 10:09 pm    Post subject: Douglas Strachan Reply with quote

I have hardly any information on Douglas Strachan the stained glass artist but thought I might at least get him listed.
There is a short Wikepedia entry here:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Douglas_Strachan
There are also some more photos here:
http://homepages.tesco.net/~rona/Scottish-glass.html

Douglas Strachan LLD HRSA
Born Aberdeen 1875
Died 1950

Decorated the New Trades Hall and the Music Hall, Aberdeen.

1912 Window, Saint Magnus Cathedral
http://sites.scran.ac.uk/stmagnus/smc040.htm

In 1915 Pittendrigh MacGillivray executed a bronze bust of Strachan which is now in Aberdeen Art Gallery.

1919 Symington Parish Church restoration.

1920 Saint John's Kirk, Perth; East Window.
http://www.st-johns-kirk.co.uk/Windows.htm

1920's was responsible for all of the stained glass in the Scottish National War Memorial, Edinburgh Castle, and for the design of the planets above the windows.

1930's Saint Salvator's Chapel, St. Andrews University.
http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/about/UniversityChapels/ChapelofStSalvator/StainedglassofStSalvators/ThestainedglassdesignsofDouglasStrachan/

1930's Kilbrandon and Kilchattan Parish Church.
http://www.undiscoveredscotland.co.uk/seil/kilbrandonchurch/index.html

1930's The Margaret Chapel, Edinburgh Castle

Other works:
Winchelsea Church, East Sussex, the Church of St Thomas the Martyr.
St Machar's Cathedral.
King's College Chapel, Aberdeen.
Palace of Peace at The Hague.
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Kelsa



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PostPosted: Sat Nov 28, 2009 9:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Douglas Strachan is widely held to be the finest stained glass artist of the 20th century in Scotland - possibly in Britain. A possible rival would be Alfred Webster who died in 1915 in service.
Peter Cormack (ex curator of the William Morris Gallery, London) wrote an excellent article about him for the Scottish Edition of the Journal of the British Society of Master Glass Painters.
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dalblair



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PostPosted: Sat Jul 16, 2011 3:48 pm    Post subject: more windows Reply with quote

According to John Gifford`s Perth&Kinross(Buildings of Scotland) he also designed windows in
Morrison`s Academy,Crieff-1924
Crieff Free Church-1926
Kinnoull Church,Perth-1945/6
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Kelsa



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 28, 2011 2:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

There is a book of Strachan's windows - will look it up to see if these are listed (the Guides have a number of mistakes and ommisions)
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 28, 2011 5:43 am    Post subject: Census details of Robert D Strachan 1901 Reply with quote

I looked up the census details for the above man and found he was working as an artist in Aberdeen:
Name: Robert D Strachan
Age: 25
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1876
Relationship: Son
Father's name: Hercules Strachan
Mother's name: Isabella Strachan
Gender: Male
Where born: Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire
Registration Number: 168/2
Registration district: St Machar
Civil parish: Aberdeen Holburn
County: Aberdeenshire
Address: 480 Union Street
Occupation: Artist - Painter
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 28, 2011 5:45 am    Post subject: Census details of Robert D Strachan 1891 Reply with quote

This gives details as a 15 year old giving his occupation as Litho Artist Apprentice
Name: Robert D Strachan
Age: 15
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1876
Relationship: Son
Father's name: Hercules Strachan
Mother's name: Isabella Strachan
Gender: Male
Where born: Aberdeen, Aberdeen Sh
Registration Number: 168/2
Registration district: Old Machar
Civil parish: Aberdeen Old Machar
County: Aberdeenshire
Address: 62 Watson Street
Occupation: Litho Artist Apprentice
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 28, 2011 1:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

From today's BBC Scotland News website

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-16315302

Centre 'needed' to showcase Scottish stained glass

An Edinburgh hymn-writer is leading a campaign to set up a Scottish stained glass centre.

Alison Robertson said Scotland had some of the finest examples of stained glass in the world.

She has been campaigning to protect these from the rigours of time and development.

She wants a designated centre where a catalogue of the best works could be kept and other pieces could be put on display.

At the moment there is no official register of stained glass in Scotland.

Mrs Robertson, the wife of a retired Church of Scotland minister, said there was a desperate need for a centre to be established.

She said Scotland needs to wake up to the masterpieces that many of us pass on a daily basis.

"We badly need to honour this immense but undervalued talent" she said.

"We wouldn't conceive of going to a performance of The Messiah and not knowing the name of the composer. Yet we will cheerfully walk past a piece of fabulous stained glass without a second look."

Mrs Robertson is currently fighting to save a major work at St Andrews Church in Finchley in London, which she said was under threat from a proposed development of a five-storey block of flats next door.

It is a WWI memorial by Aberdeen artist Douglas Strachan, who she said was probably Scotland's greatest stained glass artist.

"As well as being outstanding in his intellectual ideas, his imaginative and creative skills and technical skills, he also had a big body of work," she said.

Mrs Robertson said stained glass was not just about churches and religion, but encompassed social history, trades and industry - all areas of life.

Stained glass artist Alec Galloway is working on new windows in Glasgow Alec Galloway is working on a new set of trade and industry windows for halls in Glasgow.

He said: "I think there are a core of people who are probably enthusiastic about glass and those people tend to seek out and are maybe more aware than others.

"I think the idea of a centre would help that because it would let people see that we do have this fantastic heritage and hopefully more work could go on display."

Mrs Robertson said she believed the Scotland's stained glass artists rivalled some of the greatest artists in Europe.

She added: "If we don't start getting it written down and recorded and cared for then it will disappear. You don't have to be religious to appreciate this stuff, it's just good for the soul."
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