St Michael Penkevil, St Michael

North transept east

Entries in grey are not obtained from documentary evidence, but are inferred from content, context, etc.

Date of manufacture
1854
Date of insertion
1862
Number of lights
3
Maker
Willement, Thomas
Main subject
Christ and the Widow of Nain
Tracery subject
IHS : Four evangelists’ insignia and scrolls : two armorials in quatrefoils on extreme left and right.
Donor
Anne Frances, Countess Falmouth, daughter of Henry Bankes, MP, wife of Edward, 1st Earl of Falmouth and 4th Viscount Falmouth, mother of dedicatee, died .
Dedicatee
George Henry Boscawen, 2nd Earl of Falmouth and 5th Viscount Falmouth, died .
Notes
  1. Death of dedicatee, Morning Post p 5, Royal Cornwall Gazette p 4.
  2. Originally inserted in Chancel east.
  3. Maker’s mark and dated.
  4. Insertion, subject, donor, dedicatee Royal Cornwall Gazette p 5. The figures are all copied from the best old Italian masters. Cornish Telegraph p 3.
  5. Death of donor, Illustrated London News p 17.
  6. Moved to North transept east during rebuilding in ?
  7. Harrison, Martin. Victorian Stained Glass, p 85. London, Barrie & Jenkins, (gives date of manufacture as ).

The only Son of his Mother, and she was a Widow (Luke 7:12).

The quotation from St Luke’s Gospel describes the widow of Nain, but it also applied to Countess Falmouth, the donor of the window, on the death of her only son, the 2nd Earl of Falmouth, the dedicatee of the window.

Jesus and the widow of Nain.

Tracery. At the top are the emblems of the four Evangelists. At the bottom left are the arms of Boscawen, Viscount Falmouth: ermine a rose gules barbed and seeded proper (Burke, Bernard, The General Armory of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales, p 102. , London, Harrison & Sons) impaled with the arms of Bankes of Dorset (the family of the Countess Falmouth, the donor of the window), sable a cross engrailed ermine between four fleurs-de-lis or (Burke , op. cit., p 45) and the Boscawen motto Patience passe science (Patience surpasses knowledge). Above the arms is the coronet of an earl, with five “pearls” and four strawberry leaves visible, referring to the donor’s husband, the 1st Earl of Falmouth. At the bottom right are the arms and motto of Boscawen, below a similar coronet referring to the dedicatee the 2nd Earl of Falmouth.