Welcome to scotstainedglass.com, the website of author and researcher Michael Donnelly, and a hub for information on Scotland's rich heritage of stained glass.
Christian struggling with Apollyon
© Sadie McLellan 1952
Michael Donnelly is the leading authority on Scottish stained glass of the 19th and early 20th centuries. From 1972 to 1990 he was Assistant Curator of the People's Palace Museum in Glasgow, where he initiated an intensive programme of research into Glasgow's pivotal role in stained-glass manufacture. He conducted a rescue programme, salvaging glass threatened by demolition and neglect, and built up a significant public collection. Since then he has worked as Project Officer with Dunfermline Heritage Trust and on a number of restoration and preservation projects.
Michael is currently working on a biography of the Scottish designer Daniel Cottier and continuing his programme of research and publication of Scottish stained glass, begun with Glasgow Stained Glass and continuing with Scotland's Stained Glass - Making The Colours Sing.
News - February 2011
We are very pleased to offer free PDF download of "People's Pictures - The story of tiles in Glasgow" by Elspeth King, with research by Michael Donnelly. It is being made available for study, research and enjoyment on a strictly non-commercial basis and can be downloaded by clicking the PDF link to the right.
News - July 2009
We are very pleased to be able to offer a free PDF download of Michael's first book "Glasgow Stained Glass".
The 44 page full-colour book includes work by Daniel Cottier, Stephen Adam and Oscar Paterson. It is being made available for study, research and enjoyment on a strictly non-commercial basis and can be downloaded by clicking the PDF link to the right.
Michael welcomes any information on stained glass and can be contacted via