Elizabeth Mackie

Scottish Samplers

Elizabeth Mackie

1796

King Edward, Aberdeenshire

Description:

Elizabeth's sampler is an amazing work of art, and just a quick glance shows that Elizabeth was an accomplished needle artist. The top of her sampler has three alphabets and some numerals. These are interspersed with several undulating floral bands. The bottom of the sampler is centered by a lovely basket of free-form embroidered flowers. Throughout, the use of a white thread really make the flowers pop.

Flanking the basket are two "frames". The left one has her verse and is topped by a vine; the right has a traditional Scottish geometric floral motif. Elizabeth has placed peacocks, additional floral motifs and numerous familial initials (WM, EM, AM, IM, IM, MS, WM, BM, WM, IM, IM, HM, IM, BM) in the remaining space. In her signature, just above the bottom border, she wrote "Boutt Cloath", which is an old-fashioned term for a sampler. Note the border, which is different on top and bottom, and ends in corners that compensate for un-matching patterns.

Size (W x H): 12 5/8 x 14 5/8 inches

Stitches: Cross, double running, satin, eyelet, alternating reverse cross

Media: Silk on wool

Genealogy:

Elizabeth was christened 18 June 1784 in King Edward Parish of Aberdeenshire (formerly Angusshire), the daughter of William Mackay/Mackie and Barbara Murray. Siblings were William (1781), James (1787), Helen (1789), John (1791), Isobel (1793) and Barbara (1795). 

While we cannot find any further records for Elizabeth, we do know her sister Barbara married John Milne of King Edward in 1813 and had at least two children, Elizabeth and John. 

Verse:

Fear God
and keep his
Commandes

Elizabeth Mackie her Boutt Cloath 1796

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