St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Prescott, Ontario

St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Prescott, Ontario, is celebrating its 200th anniversary this year!


In 1820, The Reverend Robert Boyd arrived in Prescott, and two years later a wood-framed church had been built. In 1849, the church was rebuilt in stone and made larger, before it burned down in 1892.

It was rebuilt again, and re-opened the following year with a pipe organ donated by Mr. and Mrs. J.P. Wiser of whisky fame. You can read a full history of the church here.

The organ was built by S.R. Warren & Sons Company of Toronto.


What makes this church special are the beautiful stained-glass windows by famed local artist, Harry Horwood.

“Harry Horwood was quite possibly the best glass painter in North America at the time he established his business in 1876”

The two main windows are on the east and west sides, and each encompasses a very unusual 10-point rose window (they are difficult to draw). The differences between the two include the centre of the rose windows and the dedication panels immediately below.


The western window is dedicated to Rev. Robert Boyd, the first minister of the Church.

The eastern window is dedicated to Mary Dowsley, wife of John, postmaster in Prescott from 1872 until his death in 1904, and grand-mother of Senator John Dowsley Reid.

Each of the main windows is flanked by these smaller windows:

The four windows are the same, except for one tiny detail. One of the panels on the east has Harry Horwood’s name:

There are a variety of other windows, including sash windows and a transom:

You can read about Harry Horwood here.

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