Lillias Simpson, age 10
This sampler depicts a manor house with two ells, a typical feature of the Stirling Gate and Fence companion group. Surrounding the house are floral motifs; note the two patterned stars (almost like quilt patterns), above the ells. A biblical verse is placed in a cartouche above the house. The very nice pansy band is uppermost within the piece. All four sides have an undulating border with two distinct flower varieties. Being Lillias' second sampler, it is very interesting to see how the quality of her stitching has improved.
Initials: JS, JH, TH, LG, JS, PS, TS, AS, CM
Size (W x H): 18 x 20 1/2 inches
Stitches: Cross, double running, herringbone, couching with herringbone
Media: Silk on linen
James Simpson, a sailor, and Janet Hall had a daughter Lillias on 30 June 1822 in Bothkennar, Stirling. Research indicates that James & Janet married 22 October 1814, also in Bothkennar.
The holy word of grace and truth
Shall be the guardian of my youth
And o may its inspired page
Cheer and support my latest age
Then shall i ever keep the road
That leads to glory and to God
Lillias Simpson aged 10 years 1832