Mary Stout

Scottish Samplers

Mary Stout, age 9

1845

Calderbank, Lanark

Description:

This lovely, well-stitched sampler has various elements that reflect the period in which it was done. First, note the numerous Berlin-style motifs, including the two figures at the bottom, the dog in the upper left, deer in the upper right, and the four smaller vignettes surrounding her signature cartouche. Berlin patterns were first published in Germany, early in the 19th century, and gained popularity quickly in Britain and Scotland because of affordability and ease of use. Mary's undulating pattern along the top is filled it with family names instead of flowers. Family names and initials are scattered in other places on the sampler as well (William Stout, Sarah Stout, James Young, Mary Howard, GN, MCN, William Stout and Mary Russel.)

The house at the bottom of the sampler is is an interesting variation on the traditional pedimented house. While it is a grand house, it is done primarily in an outline style. Her lawn is an amazing shade of bright green. Mary's beautiful rose border around the edges of the sampler have quilt-like squares in the corners.

Size (W x H): 21 1/8 x 21 1/2 inches

Stitches: Cross, cross-over-one, fern, satin, couching, half-cross, double running, four-sided

Media: Silk on linen

Genealogy:

Thanks to Mary for providing us all the clues needed to track her through the ages:

Maternal grandparent James Young and Mary Howard of Lancashire, England had eight children. Their oldest, Sarah Young, was born 28 October 1804 in Wigan, Lancashire. Paternal grandparents William Stout and Mary Russell had at least three children. Their son William married Sarah Young 12 June 1835 in Rhu, Dunbarton, Scotland.

The 1851 Scottish census has the family living on High Street in Calderbank, Lanarkshire. William, a vintner, Sarah, and their six daughters: Mary (14), Margaret (12), Harriet (11), Sarah (7), Maria (2), Eliza (4 months).

Verse:

Herein is love, not that we loved
God but that he loved us, and sent
his Son to be the propitiation for our
sins.

MARY STOUT
Hamilton Bridge
Aged 9 Years
1845

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