Russell Thomson Memorial Window

Location

The window consists of two lights each measuring 4’ x 1.5’ and are situated in the West Wall of the church, adjacent to the entrance.

The window will most commonly be viewed by the congregation and visitors as they leave the church due to its location at the end of the centre aisle.

As the window is only 5.5’ approximately from the floor it can be examined at very close quarters, therefore the proposed design incorporates a great deal of detail.

Design

The design attempts to illustrate the importance of Russell Thomson’s concern with environmental design which manifested itself in the formation of the Bothwell Village Association and its subsidiary, Bothwell in Bloom.

The design concentrates on the work of both these organisations in restoring Bothwell to a Victorian garden village and having it declared a conservation area.

The theme of the window centres around the planting and care of trees and rose bushes in Bothwell village by people of all age groups.

The rose bush which forms the central image is surrounded by six figures who form a protective ring around it.

The female figure in the right had foreground is of a maternal nature whose oversize dress and outstretched arm form a protective barrier to the bush.

Behind the woman is a youth planning a tree, while beside him an older man tends the leaves, some of which are blowing away on the breeze, a reminder of the impermanence of life be it plant, human or otherwise.

The slim female figure at the rear of the bush holding the rose, emphasises growth. Her yellow clothing is associated with the sun, symbol of life and optimism for the future.

To the left of the woman is a white dove, probably the most potent Christian symbol of peace and goodwill to our fellow man. It also signifies the dependence of other creatures on a good healthy environment other than Mankind.

Beneath the dove a man and woman are kneeling and working together, a symbol of unity.

The background consists of examples of Bothwell architecture, most notably the tower of the Parish Church, which is a very prominent feature in the landscape.

Method

The window would be executed in the traditional manner of leaded stained glass with extensive use of paintwork, staining, aciding and sandblasting techniques.