Christ in Glory, St Columbas-by-the-Castle, Edinburgh

This magnificent mural in the Scottish Episcopal Church of St Columbas-by-the-Castle in Edinburgh was painted by John Busby in the late 1950's.

Some digging in the National Records of Scotland office brought to light the vestry minutes at the time the mural was commissioned and a Church Newsletter from April 1981 was unearthed which had an article written by John to explain his inspiration for the mural and the Christian imagery invoked.

Commissioning of the mural in St Columba’s by the Castle 1958-9

With the stained glass in the original East Window of St Columba’s in a very poor state of repair, the church considered three options: to repair the glass (at the huge cost of £500), to fill in the windows making a complete East wall for a mural or wooden cross, or to board over the glass and hang a canopy over the altar. The Rector, the Revd Mark Kemp, was very keen on a mural, others on a canopy, but cost was a serious issue as the church was struggling financially at the time1.

Mural Notes by the Artist

 

This magnificent mural in the Scottish Episcopal Church of St Columbas-by-the-Castle in Edinburgh was painted by John Busby in the late 1950's. I recently found an article, published in the Church Newsletter from April 1981, that explains the inspiration behind the mural and the Christian imagery used.