Grizel Henderson

Scottish Samplers

Grizel Henderson, age 11

1801

Kinghorn, Fife

Description:

This is truly a beautiful sampler -- our pictures do not do it justice! This is one of a group of Scottish samplers containing a castle-like building with a guard dressed in red in the doorway. Beneath the guard is a second structure with a face in the entrance. One school of thought is that one of the two buildings is the Tower of London.

Grizel has included two cartouches with the 10 commandments and her signature. A procession of crowns is above the three-peaked roof. An unusual feature is the two bands of birds - one of peacocks, the other of partridges. Two medallion are also present - the left contains the thistle of Scotland; the right the rose of England.

Familial initials: CI, IS, IH, IH, IH, AH, IH, PH, AI,

Size (W x H): 18 1/2 x 16 inches

Stitches: Cross, double running, satin, four-sided

Media: Silk on fine wool

Genealogy:

Grizel was the daughter of James Henderson and Christian Ingles, whose names were recorded on the sampler; they married 27 June 1782. Grizel was born 3 May 1790 in Kinghorn, Fife. A single sibling is recorded with the birth of John on 25 June 1783. Grizel married William Thomson 19 September 1831.

Verse:

Left verse:
I HAVE THOU NO
OTHER GOD BUT ME
II UNTO NO IMAG BOU
THY KNEE
III TAKE NOT THE
NAME OF GOD IN VAIN
IV DO NOT THE SABBATH
DAY PROPHAN
V HONOUR THY FATHER
AND MOTHER TOO

GRIZEL HENDERSON
SOWED THIS SENM IN
11 YEAR OF HER AGE

Right verse:
VI AND SEE THAT
THOU NO MURDER DO
VII FROM WHORE DOM
KEEP TH(EE) CHAST CLEAN
VIII AND STEAL NOT THO
THY STATE IS MEAN
IX OF FALSE REPORT
HEAR NOT THE PLOT
X WHAT IS THY NEGHBO
URS COVET NOT
JAMES HENDERSON
CHRISTEN INGLEES

Left medallion:
I have pour to defnd my self and ofend the

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

Additional Information

Almost identical to one by Jean Murry which bears the date 1740 that is in the collection of the Royal Scottish Museum in Edinburgh. Also illustration no. 12 in Samplers by Naomi Tarrant.

A recent article in Antique Collecting from October 1009 by Rebecca Scott talks further about Grizel's sampler.

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