Jane Watson's Sampler, 1854

sampler complete

 sampler detail

detail (lower right)

Jane Watson (born 1841) was the fifth child of Ralph and Jane Watson, of Ireshopeburn. Although we think she may have died young, what is certain is that she lived long enough to embroider this sampler at age 12. Despite its age, the piece is well preserved and the colours are only moderately faded.

Between the rows of capital and lower-case letters are several initials, which can be interpreted as follows:

JW + PW John Watson & Phoebe (Whitfield) paternal grandparents
CH + PH Cuthbert Harrison & Phoebe (Gibson) maternal grandparents
JH + RW Jane Harrison & Ralph Watson parents
JW John Watson eldest brother
IW ? ?
CW Cuthbert Watson 2nd oldest brother
PW Phoebe Watson oldest sister
SW Stephen Watson 3rd oldest brother
JW Jane Watson herself
TW Thomas Watson youngest brother
AW Anne Watson youngest sister