The Tate Memorial Window

On Sunday morning the 24th of September 1961, the Tate memorial window was dedicated to the Glory of God and in grateful memory of his beloved wife Elizabeth Tate, by her husband the Reverend William B. Tate. This set of three windows is installed in the South Transept of the Church.

The window was unveiled by their son, Mr. William R. Tate and the Very Reverend Norman D. Kennedy and was accepted on behalf of the Session and Congregation by David G. Marshall, Clerk of Session. The theme of the window is “Home and Foreign Missions” and depicts the subject of missionary zeal and spreading the Good News of Christ, and winning the world for Christ.

The work was executed by Celtic Studios in the City of Swansea, Glamorgan, in South Wales, in 1961.


The Left window of the trio denotes the Apostle and Saint, Paul who was an early and fervent missionary. The figures portrayed are St. Paul in blue and purple robes at the top of the window, and African people being provided with medicine, the teachings of Christ and the love of God in the lower section of the window.

The Right window of the trio denotes mission work in East Asia, mainly in Korea. The figures portrayed are of St. James, who is associated with “home” missions, in the green and purple robes at the top of the window. In the bottom of the window are figures being provided with food, depicting Christ’s command to feed the world’s hungry.

The Centre window of the trio pictures the symbol of St. Jude’s, the patron of foreign missions, ship. St. James is portrayed in the top part of the window in yellow and white robes, and in the bottom part of the window are figures showing discipleship and Christian education in India.

Tate Family History:

Mrs. Elizabeth Tate

Elizabeth Tate was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, in September 1870. In 1892 she married William B. Tate and immigrated with him to Canada. During her lifetime, especially after her husband was ordained into Ministry, Elizabeth played an extremely important role in the life of the Church and was the very first president of First Presbyterian Church’s Women’s Guild.

The Reverend William Bradshaw Tate

William Tate was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, October 12, 1869. Shortly after marrying Elizabeth the young couple immigrated to Canada and William commenced work with the Timothy Eaton Company in Toronto. In 1894, William entered the Presbyterian College at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg to study for the Ministry. After graduation, he was ordained in Grenfell, Saskatchewan and served in his first pastoral charge there from 1900 to 1904. Later in 1904 he accepted the pastoral charge at Qu’Appelle and served there until 1913. In 1914 he came to Regina. During his time Ministering in Regina William also accepted the position of Grand Secretary of the Grand Lodge of Saskatchewan A.F and A. M. Rev. Tate held this position with the Masonic Lodge from 1914 until his retirement in 1938.

In recognition of the Tate family’s long association with Masonry and the prestige of positions Rev. Tate held in the Masonic Lodge, the designers at Celtic Studios in Swansea inserted a series of Masonic symbols in the bottom panes of each of the three windows.