It may be interesting to consider what the designer of the window, Mr James Atterson intended to convey in the symbolism of the window.
Following Mr Atterson’s untimely death due to a tragic accident while on holiday in the West Highlands an appreciation of his contribution to the life of the School was contained in the Magazine for 1962, both from the Rector, Mr James Geddes and a colleague, Angus MacKenzie.
In addition the Magazine contained the following article in which Mr Atterson’s own description of the symbolism of the window revealed the nobility of its conception.
“This Memorial Window is built into the fabric of the School on the site of the town wall, which guarded our town in days gone by. In keeping with the School’s ancient history and traditions, it is fitting that the mediaeval language of Chivalry and Heraldry should be used in the design.
This design is built round the Christian Symbol of the Cross – the Cross of Service, Sacrifice and Salvation. This Cross is formed by the central mullion and transom.
With shields in the upper portion are placed the emblems of the Services :-
The Royal Navy is represented by the anchor, symbol of faith and steadfastness.
The Army is represented by the firmly-grasped sword of Justice, raised in defence of freedom and right.
The Royal Airforce is represented by a wing issuing from a cloud, symbol of these gallant Knights of the Air who dared all in defence of our country.
The Merchant Service is represented by the trident issuing from a wave, symbol of the service which maintained our life-line throughout the seven seas at such high cost.
On the right lower portion of the window, is the figure of Queen Margaret, taken from our School badge, and at her feet the wolf of Stirling, traditionally associated with the ancient history of our town.
On the left, against a background of the old School and the Tree of Life and Knowledge, is the figure of a kneeling Knight in a Crusader’s Cloak, offering his earth-won laurels in exchange for the Crown of Life.
Above the figure of Queen Margaret is the inscription, “Be thou faithful unto death and I will give thee a crown of life.”
May this memorial give lasting form to the image each of us carries in our heart and mind of a “Verray parfait gentil Knight” who dared all, gave all, gained all.”