St Mary Magdalene's, Dundee

North Aisle

With the exception of the windows in the east end and side chapels, all the other stained glass in the building has been obtained from churches in different parts of the United Kingdom. They have been restored and rebuilt by Adam Goodyear, a craftsman from Huddersfield in Yorkshire since 1985.

Priest and Levite Victim and Robbers The first six windows in the north aisle came from a church in Pontnewynydd in South Wales. They depict the story of the Good Samaritan (St Luke 10 vv 25–37). The first window on the left shows the victim of the robbery being beaten up, and the robbers running away. In the second, we see the priest and the Levite "passing by". It seemed unlikely that anyone would wish to give this window in memory of a loved one, so it was donated by the Women's Guild, who have often dashed off leaving the Rector bruised and broken! They compounded the felony by putting in the line: "Be kind to one another". You might like to look closely at the victim's left leg; you will notice that his toes are in the second window!

Windows three and four show the Good Samaritan tending the victim, who now has a bandage round his head. Good Samaritan Victim Bandaged Note the Good Samaritan's charming little first aid kit with its bottles and phials on the far left. Note also the horse or ass in the background of the window on the near left. These windows were the central windows in the church in Wales — with their "architecture" fifteen feet high. Adam has slightly adjusted the glass to include the doves, the sunset and the small fortress up on the hill.

The final two windows of this series (not illustrated here) show the Good Samaritan delivering the victim to the inn, and the innkeeper holding two gold coins (silver coins in the Bible). The innkeeper is depicted wearing rather flashy boots.

On the walls, you will also have noticed the memorial plaques for Canon Shepherd, Dean Jobberns and Dean Gibson. The wooden surrounds were made by Mr Bruce Will.

As we approach the organ, we find two windows depicting the story of the Prodigal Son. On the left, we see the father dividing out his wealth and, beneath it, the father welcoming back his son. On the right, we have the prodigal son eating and drinking with the harlots. These windows, which originally came from Her Majesty's Borstal in Feltham, were given to us by the Stained Glass Window Museum in Ely. There was a fourth window showing the young man looking after the pigs. I had thought it might be a suitable reminder of the students who lived with us in the Rectory for 17 years! However, soon after the small window in memory of Maurice Robbins was put in, a burglar broke through the bottom left corner of the window and the window had to go back to Huddersfield to be repaired. Adam restored the window beautifully and the only evidence of damage done is when you look at the blue jugs. On the left is the original. The one on the right is the replacement.

Prodigal Son Prodigal Son with harlots