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St John's Parish Church

A colour cartoon from The Northern Looking Glass 20 February 1826, showing a minister leaping over the tower of St John's Parish Church in the Gallowgate. The church was completed in 1819.

The cartoon refers to the vaciliatory behaviour of the Reverend Russel of Muthil, who accepted the invitation to become the minister, then declined the invitation, then expressed regret at his decision but when approached again with an invitation, declined it for a second time! The notice on the pole in the foreground is a sarcastic comment on the situation, purporting to advertise a theatrical performance of "Know your own mind."

Reference: Sp Coll Bh14-x.8

Glasgow University Library, Special Collections

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Church of Scotland, church towers, churches, Glasgow Looking Glass, lithographs, ministers, Northern looking Glass, St John's Parish Church, weather vanes



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