Isabel Reid

Scottish Samplers

Isabel Reid, age 9

1810

Campbeltown, Argyll

Description:

Simple spot sampler with family names, initials, spots and a small version of a three-peaked building with a man on the front steps. Spot motifs include flowering trees, stags, dogs, assorted floral motifs, some with birds perched on them and peacocks. Isabel has stitched a double border of carnations and scrolls, and a band of carnations above the large spot area. She includes her parents and siblings full names, all in capital letters. The sampler was folded at some point and the staining reflects this. 

Size (W x H): 19 x 16 7/8 inches

Stitches: Cross, eyelet

Media: Silk on linen

Genealogy:

John Reid, a cooper, and his wife Helen Ferguson (1777) "in town" had a daughter 11 May 1802 in Campbeltown. Paternal grandparents were Alexander Reid and Isabel McFarlane, and as the tradition the first daughter was named after the paternal grandmother. Siblings were Alexander (1799), Jean (1803), Margaret (1805), Helen (1807), Helen (1811), William (1813), Janet (1816). The last were born after Isabel stitched this piece.

Isabel never married. The 1851, 1861 and 1871 Scotland censuses list siblings Isabel(la), William (a master cabinet maker) and Helen living in Camplelton; Isabel is a grocer. Isabel died in 1877 of general debility and Helen took over the grocery. Helen's death in 1897 was witnessed by William. William's death in 1900 was witnessed by David Andrew, son of youngest sister Janet and her husband Matthew Andrew. 

Verse:

Verse # 1.
I WAITED FOR THE LORD MY GOD AND PATIENTLY DID BEAR
AT LENGTH TO ME HE DID INCLINE MY VOICE AND CRY TO HEAR

Verse #2.
HE TOOK ME FROM A FEAFUL PIT AND TEH MIRY CLAY
AND ON ROCK HE SET MY FEET ESTABLISHING MY WAY

Signature:
ISABEL REID FINISHED HER SEMPL
ON NOVEMBER 2 1810 AGED 9 YRS

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Additional Information

Campbeltown is a town and former royal burgh in Argyll and Bute, located by Campbeltown Loch on the Kintyre peninsula. Originally known as Kinlochkilkerran (the head of the loch by the kirk of St. Kieran) - this form is still used in Gaelic. It was renamed in the 17th century and became an important center for shipbuilding.

Campbeltown is one of the handful of areas in Scotland categorized as a distinct whisky producing region, and is home to the Campbeltown Single Malts, at one point having 34 distilleries and proclaiming itself "the whisky capital of the world".

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