James Ballantine

James Ballantine (1808 - 1877)

Biography

Summary

James Ballantine was a stained-glass artist, commissioned to execute the windows in the House of Lords, and a popular local poet. 

Full Biography

Despite a disadvantaged childhood in the West Port, and some years spent as a house painter, James Ballantine became an exponent of the revival of glass painting, and was commissioned to execute the stained-glass windows in the House of Lords; his windows are still to be seen in the kirks of Greyfriars and St. Giles. A great admirer of Robert Burns, he himself wrote unpretentiously popular verses in local dialect, and published several books of his own poetry between the 1840s and the 1870s. Ballantine was energetic in his support of the building of the Scott Monument and other projects in the city.