Let there be light: Historic stained glass window to be restored to Grangemouth church

Zetland Parish Church's historic stained glass window
Zetland Parish Church's historic stained glass window

A stained glass window which pays tribute to local servicemen is due to be returned to its rightful home by the end of the year.

The window, created by famous Scottish artist Douglas Hamilton in 1948, had to be removed from Grangemouth’s 104-year-old Zetland Parish Church earlier this year to save it from damage caused by potential vandalism and misguided attempts to protect it.

Zetland Parish Church in Grangemouth. Picture: John Devlin

Zetland Parish Church in Grangemouth. Picture: John Devlin

A restoration project, headed by church member Bett Jones, began when people realised how special the window really was.

She said: “It’s a memorial window for World War Two and that’s quite rare in itself, because most stained glass windows like this usually remember service personnel in the First World War.

“A few years ago we started having problems with vandalism with a lot of windows getting broken, so we decided to use Perspex to protect the window – what we didn’t realise at the time was that was the worst thing we could have done.

“The Perspex actually made the lead in the window ‘sweat’ and it was perishing away.”

A fund-raising campaign began to restore the window, which visually depicts peace, victory and willingness to lay down life, to its former glory and it has been removed from the Ronaldshay Crescent church so it can be ‘isothermally’ sealed, preserving it for the ages.

“When the window is ready it will be put on display inside the church,” said Bett. “We hope we will have it back for Christmas.”

The project also uncovered a roll of honour with names of local men Andrew Brand, Andrew Brown, Robert Brown,Thomas Dickson, Allister Jack, William Jaffray, Alexander Logan, Archie Marshall, William Mayes, Charles McDonald, William McLaren, Robert Morrell, David Ritchie, George Russell, Samuel Sneddon, James Sneddon and William Swan.

Some of the names are also immortalised on the Douglas Hamilton window.