Grisel Brody

Scottish Samplers

Grisel Brody, age 10

c.1764

Dysart, Fifeshire

Description:

This early Scottish girl is delicately stitched and filled with traditional spot motifs and featuring a majority of red and green. Center top of the sampler are her parent's initials joined by a heart. To the left a Scottish-style peacock and to the right a multi-coloured Queen's stitched God's eye pattern balance the upper section. The center of the sampler is taken up with her clearly labeled verse, "The Ten Commandments in Metre", every other word stitched in red and green.

The rest of the sampler is filled with birds and floral motifs suitable to the time frame, including a pair of boxers just between the God's eye pattern and a Queen's stitched pyramid of strawberries. The band along the bottom includes familial initials (IB, IB, MB, IB, AB, AB, MB), floral urns, and a single unit of what is typically an undulating carnation band. The substantial thread loss is not due to the colour of the thread but because Grisel used such fine thread.

Grisel signed her sampler along the bottom. Whilst undated, she at least let us know she was 10 when she stitched it. Looking at the photographs of the back you can really see the brightness of the red and green and the fineness of the threads.

Size (W x H): 13 1/8 x 10 1/2 inches

Stitches: Cross, cross-over-one, double running, eyelet, Queen

Media: Silk on wool

Genealogy:

Grisel/Grissel Brydie/Broadie/Brodie, with the spelling dependent on which handwritten source we looked at, was christened in Dysart parish to John Brydie and Isabel Black on 16 January 1754. Siblings included Agnes (1755), David (1757), Mary (1758), Andrew (1760), Isabel (1762), and David #2 (1765).

Grisel married James Bridges, a shipmaster, in 1775. The couple registered the births of Isabel (1776), Mary (1778), James (1780), Grizel (1782). We found death records for son James, who is died in 1818 and is buried in Virginia.

Verse:

THE TEN COMMANDMENTS IN METRE

HAVE THOU NO OTHER GODS BUT ME
UNTO NO IMAGE BOW THEY KNEE
TAKE NOT THE NAME OF GOD IN VAIN
DO NOT THE SABBATH DAY PROFANE
HONE THY FATHER AND MOTHER TOO
AND SEE THAT THOU NO MURDER DO
FROM WHOREDOM KEEP THEE CHASTE AND CLEAN
AND STEAL NOT THO THY STATE BE MEAN
OF FALSE REPORT SHUN WELL THE BLOT
WHAT IS THY NEIGHBOURS COVET NOT

GRISEL TEN YEARS BRODY

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