Janet Jones

Scottish Samplers

Janet Jones, age 12


Falkirk, Stirlingshire


The wonderful blue house in this sampler jumps off the cloth at you! It is an elegant building, with an enormous fenced front yard. Janet continues to use blue throughout the piece which makes for a nicely designed sampler. The spots surrounding the house are all traditional motifs including flowers, trees, rabbits, Adam & Eve, birds, and other floral motifs. A simple leaf border surrounds the entire sampler. Along the top is the traditional pansy band and a stylized berry band is along the bottom. Her verse is from Dr. Watts Divine and Moral Songs for Children published in 1715.

Familial initials: CN, AJ, JJ, MW, JJ, JJ, JJ, JJ

Size (W x H): 13 1/2 x 16 inches

Stitches: Cross, double running, outline, couching, eyelet, satin

Media: Silk on linen


James Jones (a flesher) and Margaret Wyse of Falkirk, Stirling, had four children: Janet (1801); Jean (1803); James (1805); John (1808).

Janet married Josiah Clide/Clyde, on 12 January 1851 in Falkirk. She died, a widow, 11 November 1885 of "long standing senile decay". While we do not know if she had any children, we do know that her nephew William Jones signed the death certificate.


Janet Jones
O tis a lovely Thing for youth to walk betimes in
Wisdoms way to fear a Lie to sPeaK the Truth
That we may trust to all they say

JJ aged 12 years 1813

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