Elisabeth Chapman

Scottish Samplers

Elisabeth Chapman


Dunbarney, Perth


This is a quirky but amazingly fun spot sampler! Birds, hearts and diamonds are strewn throughout the other larger images. Central to the sampler is a honeycomb pattern containing familial initials (RC, GH, WC, IP, EC), flanked by the rampant lion and unicorn traditionally represented in the royal U.K. crest.

A very symmetrical house is depicted in red and blue, with Elizabeth's signature below. The tree band along the bottom compliments the floral band along the top. Note that the strawberry tower traditionally done in queen stitch is only in cross stitch. All four sides have a simple strawberry border. 

Size (W x H): 11 5/8 x 15 1/4 inches

Stitches: Cross, satin, eyelet, cross-over-one

Media: Silk on linen


Robert Chapman, a weaver at Burleywell, Dunbarney, and his wife Grizel/Grace Henderson had at least nine children: William (1782), Laurence (1784), Margaret (1786), Mary (1788), Robert (1791), David (1793), Thomas (1797), Elisabeth (1800) and Michael (1803).

We found records that an Elisabeth Chapman "had a child begotten in fornication being rebuked in Perth she was admitted sponsor, baptized June 1814 William Hogent Chapman." If this is our girl, she would have only been 14. Robert Chapman (senior) was twin to Laurence Chapman; Laurence Chapman also had a daughter named Elisabeth, born in 1789. Who knows. 

Elisabeth never married; census records indicate she supported herself as a cotton winder and lived alone but next door to family members in Milnathort until her death sometime after the 1861 Scotland census data was collected.  

Of the siblings we found sporadic information. Robert became a warper. Thomas' occupation was solicitors general clerk and he died in 1878. Michael was married twice and was a woolen manufacturer before his death of liver cancer in 1885. 



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

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A companion sampler by Anne Kennedy (1847) can be viewed by following the link to the Simply Samplers Exhibit, Samplers from Fife. Ballenchin and Burleywell are both within Perthshire, but not at all physically close.