Margret Chapman

Scottish Samplers

Margret Chapman


Strathmore, Dumbartonshire


This rustic sampler features a large red house with the three-peaked roof sections in blue. Note the traditional man in red with a staff in the doorway. Grove of unusual trees at the bottom with a dog chasing rabbits. Strawberry border.

Family initials: GC, IC, GM, MR, JM, KL, JM, KE, KL

Size (W x H): 20 x 18 inches

Stitches: Cross, double running, satin, back

Media: Silk and wool on linen


A Margaret Chapman was born October 1797 in Dumbarton, Dunbartonshire to George Chapman and Janet McGown. She married James Smith in 1811; Mr. Smith was at least 15 years older than his young bride and listed his occupation on several census reports as Independent Grocer. Children were Robert, James, Margaret, Alexander, Jean, Gabriel, Archibald, Walter and George. By the 1861 Scotland Census the family has become farmers and Margaret is listed as the head of the household and a farmer's widow. We cannot as yet verify when she died. 


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(This sampler was added to the site on February 15, 2013)

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A "Strath" is any belt or band of low ground, regardless of acreage, between flanking ranges of hill or mountain, in any part of Scoltand.

Per The Gazeteer of Scotland 1882 by Reverend John Wilson, Strathmore is a belt or band of plain, extending northeastward from center of the main body of Dumbartonshire to the German Ocean at Stonehaven. It is flanked along all northwest side by the frontier Grampians, along the southeast side by successively the Lennox, the Ochil, the Sidlaw, and the southern Kincardineshire hills.