MARGARET GRANT 1843
A sampler made in Montrose, Angus, incorporating elements of more than two centuries of traditional Scottish embroidery motifs, stitched by Margaret Grant in 1843 when she was fourteen years old.
Margaret Grant was born in 1829 in Forfarshire (Angus), Scotland, the daughter of John Grant (b.1789) and Mary Grant (same age). She had an elder sister, Elizabeth (b. 1828), and a younger brother, James (b.1834), whose initials are marked on her sampler. Margaret worked as a teacher in an “Infant School” according to the 1851 census, when she was 22 years old. On March 26, 1855, she married Henry Lawson. She died on February 8, 1856, giving birth to their son, Henry Grant Lawson, in Montrose.
The sampler is in excellent condition; the color remains unfaded. It was very finely executed in cross, eyelet, double running, petit point, and counted satin stitches.
The sampler itself measures 13” x 15-1/4”, with the frame measuring 17” x 19”.