This house sampler with it's ornate wrought iron gate was truly done by a boy. It has all the earmarks of a traditional Scottish sampler, with the floral motifs and trees, an undulating carnation band, birds, crowns and familial names and intials (IC, AH, MH, EC, TH, IB, PW, Jean Hally, Robert Weir, Jean Weir, Alexander Weir). The outside border is a very simplistic design of flower sprays. The verse is from Matthew 24:12. Despite the sad condition, we were very excited to get a sampler stitched by a boy for this companion group.
Size (W x H): 12 3/4 x 16 5/8 inches
Stitches: Cross, cross-over-one, running back
Media: Silk and wool on linen
Alexander Weir and his wife Jean Halliday registered the births of three children in Falkirk: Alexander (1789), Alexander #2 (1791) and Jean (1797). Although there are several Alexander Weir's in the area, we feel confident in this match as Jean Halliday's parents were Thomas Halliday and Eupham Cowan, which correspond to sets of intials in black on the sampler.
Young Alexander married Marion Brookesby in Larbert parish 14 May 1815. Eight children were registered: Alexander (1817), Margaret (1819), Robert (1822), Mary (1824), Alexander #2 (1827), David (1829), Eupemia (1831) and Helen (1835).
Watch, therefore for ye know not
What hour your Lord doth come
Alexander Weir 1809