Margaret Sheddon Sampler, Scotland, 1812

Cover of the book "Remember Now They Creator: Scottish Girls' Samplers, 1700-1872," by Naomi E.A. Tanner, 2014. Cover of the book "Remember Now They Creator: Scottish Girls' Samplers, 1700-1872," by Naomi E.A. Tanner, 2014.

The Glascow Museums Resource Centre houses a sampler (acc. no. 1980.158) that was made by Margaret Sheddon and was completed in 1812. It was worked following the characteristic Scottish tradition of alternating designs in green and red silk on the ground material. The sampler measures 43.1 x 33.5 cm.

Apart from a verse, it also contains the text: "This was done at New Lanark School by Margaret Sheddon. Aged 11 years finished her Sampler 19 October 1812. Agness Richmond JR.AR HK JB".

Margaret Sheddon's father was the butler at the residence of Robert Owen at Braxfield House (near Lanark, some 40 km southeast of Glascow). Robert Owen was a philanthropist and manager of the New Lanark cotton mills. He established the school that was attended by Margaret. He was opposed to the employment of children before they were 12 years old. 

The verse goes as follows:

Have.thou.no.other.God.but.me.

Unto.no.image.bow they.knee.

Take.not.the.name.of.God.in.vain.

Do.not.the.sabbath.day.profane.

Honour.they.father.and.mother.too.

And.see.that.thou.no.murder.do.

From.whoredom.keep.thee.chaste.and clean.

And.steal.not.though.thy.state.be.mean.

Of.false.report.bear.not.the.blot.

What.is.they.neighbours.covet.not.

Portrait of Robert Owen (1771 - 1858) by John Cranch, 1845.The New Lanark mills were closed in 1968. The village has been conserved and is now a UNESCO World Heritage site. Robert Owen left Britain in the late 1820's to found the New Harmony settlement in Indiana, USA.

Source: TARRANT, Naomi E.A. (2014). Remember Now They Creator: Scottish Girls' Samplers, 1700-1872, Society of Antiquaries of Scotland.

Glascow Museums Resource Centre online catalogue (retrieved 20 October 2016).

Digital source of illustration (retrieved 20 October 2016).

WV

Portrait of Robert Owen (1771 - 1858) by John Cranch, 1845.

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