Janet Learmonth

Scottish Samplers

Janet Learmonth

1765

Linlithgow, West Lothian

Description:

Extremely well-preserved banded style sampler. The building portrayed in the middle is one that appears on numerous samplers of the period, with its three-peaked roof, many windows, and man with staff in the doorway flanked by two dogs.

Two medallions are adjacent to the building. The medallion on the right depicts a thistle and the left medallion depicts the "Black Bitch" emblem of Linlithgow. Verse in each is detailed below.

The band above the building is the oft debated row of "boxers", made even more unusual in that they are wearing baby blue undergarments under loin clothes. These boxers are definitely holding sprigs of something floral. Between each of the boxers is a double-running motif resplendent with very dimensional French knots and a different coloured bird sitting atop each motif.

The top band of this sampler is the traditional undulating row of pansies. Below the house are a basket of flowers and an urn of flowers. In the center, in a circlet of leaves, is the traditional fountain of life topped by a crown and a bird landing upon either side.

Along the bottom are two small grassy mounds and two larger grassy mounds. There are rabbits and trees on the larger ones and what appears to be a dog on both of the smaller mounds. Her signature is below the mounds.

Mrs. Nimmo is assumed to be Janet's teacher.

Size (W x H): 10 3/4 x 11 7/8 inches

Stitches: Queen's, cross, darning, satin, double running, French knots, eyelets

Media: Silk on wool

Genealogy:

We are able to trace the Learmonth family back quite a ways:

Andrew Learmonth and Agnes Hamilton had four sons: John (1721), Alexander (1723), William (1726) and Andrew (1729). Alexander Learmonth, a skinner, married Mary Gibbieson 27 January 1754 in Linlithgow, West Lothian. Their first daughter, Janet was born October 27, 1754. Siblings included Agnes (1756) and William (1757).

Verse:

Right medallion: I have power to defend myself (missing text) others 1765

Left medallion: Fear God and honor the King Linlithgow

Signature:
Mrs Nimmo Janet Learmonth AL MG 13

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

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