Ballantine & Allan

James Ballantine was born in Edinburgh in 1808. Although stained glass had not been manufactured in Scotland since the Reformation, James Ballantine decided to set up a studio in Carruber’s Close in 1837. Along with his partner George Allan he set up a company at 42 George Street specialising in supplying stained glass and house painting. James Ballantine came to the public’s attention when he won a national competition to design stained glass windows for the House of Lords.


Greyfriars Kirk is closed to visitors today as the church is being used for recording. The Radical Welcome  course begins at 8pm this evening run by Anne Ross, our visiting minister from the Lutheran Church of Bavaria and our probationer minister, Urzula Glienecke. At our three venues, Greyfriars Kirk, the Grassmarket Community Project and the Greyfriars Charteris Centre, hospitality is at the centre of all we do. We want to be places that offer a genuine welcome to all, regardless of their background or their faith.During the four evening sessions on the 5, 12, 19 and 26 November from 8-9 pm the project will: 

·         look at the history of our congregations and community 

·         reflect on our personal experiences of being excluded but also welcomed 

·         ask what kind of congregation and community we want to be 

·         challenge ourselves by aiming to become a radically welcoming place that inspires, empowers and blesses the people around us 

Please come and be part of this journey. To receive the Zoom invitation with the link please email

Sir Sean Connery

The illustration from James Grant’s ‘Old and New Edinburgh’ shows the West Meadows during the 19th century. The Meadows provided a playground for the children living in the industrial area of Fountainbridge including Sir Sean Connery and his brother Neil. The One o’ clock Gun originally fired from the Half Moon Battery which can be seen in the distance. Sir Sean will be sadly missed.


The painting by Robert Sanderson shows a drill parade on the Castle esplanade. The painting is part of the City Art Centre collection. The artist also painted a portrait of Greyfriars Bobby which is owned privately. Painters, past and present, have depicted Edinburgh in countless different ways as both a backdrop and as the subject of great art. In this live EWH event, the panel will share and talk about some of their favourite Edinburgh paintings, and discuss why the city has been such an inspiration for artists over the years. Special guests include Scottish watercolourist Hugh Buchanan, RSA New Contemporaries 2020 young artist Lyndsey Mackenzie and Patricia Allerston, who is chief curator of European and Scottish art and portraiture at the National Galleries of Scotland. Tickets are free for new members of Edinburgh World Heritage.

Barbara Alexander
Membership and Fundraising Officer
0131 220 7731, 

Date: 29 October 2020
Start time: 6pm
Venue: Zoom online (joining information will be sent to you via email)