Margreat Sharp

Scottish Samplers

Margreat Sharp, age 11


Perth, Perthshire


It is practically impossible to describe how fine this sampler is and we do hope our pictures convey some measure to you. Each element of this small sampler is appropriate for the time period. However, the band of boxers in particular is more commonly found on samplers from the previous century. From this we can presume either Margreat's teacher was older or she was copying an old sampler. 

Next are two traditional bands, an undulating rose band followed by a band of floral urns containing tulips and carnations. The fourth band contains the rambant lion/unicorn from the Royal U.K. crest flanking the honeycomb pattern with initials and crowns. The final band contains additional familial initials and her signature. All four sides are bordered in a carnation floral pattern. 

Familial initials: WS, IM, AR, IS, AS, WS, IM, AR, IB, IS, AS

Size (W x H): 12 x 16 inches (framed)

Stitches: Cross, running, double running, stem, eyelet, chain, satin

Media: Silk on linen


William Sharp and Ann Rae of Perth christened their daughter Margaret 17 June 1736. Siblings were David (1733), William (1734), Mary (1737), twins Elisabeth and Mary #2 (1739).

We are stumped on marriage for our girl. There were four registered marriages between a woman named Margaret/Margret Sharp between 1756 and 1780 in Scotland.




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