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‘Remember Now Thy Creator’

Scottish Girls' Samplers, 1700–1872

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by Naomi E A Tarrant

This title is available as an open access e-book.

Embroidered samplers show the one aspect of girls’ education that leaves the most lasting and tangible memorial of that part of their lives. This book considers samplers made in Scotland; it aims to situate them within the social context of the period and to examine their role in the education of girls. The time span covers the first emergence of a specific Scottish style and ends with the introduction of the 1872 Education (Scotland) Act, which made schooling a local government responsibility and led eventually to downplaying the importance of sampler making. Girls in Scotland made samplers within a general British tradition, but some designs appear to have developed that are specifically Scottish, such as the use of red and green alphabets.

Naomi E A Tarrant was previously Curator of Costume and Textiles at the National Museum of Scotland.

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Weight 1.8 kg
Dimensions 242 x 305 mm




Number of pages



More than 200 full-colour illustrations

Publication date

01 October 2014


Naomi E. A. Tarrant

Subject Fields

Costume; textiles; Scottish social history


  1. :

    Remember Now Thy Creator certainly achieves Tarrant’s stated aim of showing how fascinating these samplers are as windows onto the social, religious, political and gendered history of Scotland.

  2. :

    Many questions… are raised in this magnificent volume and the author’s analysis of the different elements in the samplers is superbly illustrated by the 121 full coloured plates. This is a very important volume for helping our understanding of the history behind these labours of love that some of us are privileged to own.

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