Grace Harriet Warrack

Grace Harriet Warrack (1855-1932) was an editor and translator in Edinburgh. She commissioned the stained glass windows in High Kirk of the Free Church of Scotland, the Mound, Edinburgh.

Grace Harriet Warrack
Edinburgh, Scotland
Edinburgh, Scotland
Known forEditing and translating
Notable work
Revelations of Divine Love, as editor


Title page for Revelations of divine love

Grace Harriet Warrack was born in Edinburgh, the third daughter of John Warrack of Aberdeen and Grace Stratton of Dunkeld.[1]

In 1901 Warrack edited an edition of Revelations of Divine Love, by Julian of Norwich, from the Sloane 2499 manuscript held in the British Library. The edition was translated into modernised English and introduced early 20th century readers to Julian's writings. The title-page was illustrated by Phoebe Anna Traquair. Warrack went on to edit and translate collections of Italian folk songs and French poetry.[2] She was awarded the Palmes académiques by the French Minister of Public Instruction for her interest in French literature in Scotland.[2][3]

Warrack worked with the stained glass artist Douglas Strachan to design the windows at the High Kirk of the Free Church of Scotland,[4] now the New College Library, University of Edinburgh. Warrack had been impressed by Strachan's work in Aberdeen and so commissioned work for him in Edinburgh. Her intention was to provide a series of windows in memory of her family, missionary leaders and heroes, and her literary idols. The project took Strachan twenty years to complete, with Warrack spending months considering the design of each window.[3]


Warrack died on 3 January 1932.[1] Her sister, Frances Warrack, organised a memorial window in Martyrs’ Kirk, St. Andrews, now the Richardson Research Library, University of St. Andrews.[5] Designed and created by Herbert Hendrie,[6] the window depicts a large angel blessing two smaller angels,[7] bearing the text “Bless the Lord ye his angels”.

Published worksEdit

  • Revelations of Divine Love, 1901
  • Little Flowers of a Childhood: The Record of a Child, 1906
  • Florilegio di canti toscani: Folk Songs of the Tuscan Hills, 1914
  • From Isles of the West to Bethlehem, 1921
  • Une Guirlande de poésies diverses, 1923
  • Dal cor gentil d'Italia, 1925


  1. ^ a b "Warrack, Grace Harriet, (1855–3 Jan. 1932)". Who's who & Who was who. December 2007.
  2. ^ a b "The late Miss Grace H. Warrack". The Scotsman. 5 Jan. 1932: 8.
  3. ^ a b Watt, Hugh (1946). New college, Edinburgh, a centenary history. Edinburgh: Oliver and Boyd. pp. 176–178. OCLC 2804843.
  4. ^ "The woman behind the windows at New College Library". New College Librarian. 2018-03-08. Retrieved 2019-03-19.
  5. ^ "Memorial windows in Martyrs' Church, St Andrews". The Scotsman. 3 November 1936: 14.
  6. ^ "Stained Glass Window in Memory of Harriet Grace Warrack". Retrieved 2019-03-19.
  7. ^ "Martyrs' Church, St Andrews - St Andrews and St Leonards, Fife - Places of Worship in Scotland | SCHR". Retrieved 2019-03-19.