Maggie Grant’s Sampler 111years old – UPDATE!

by Reunitems

Maggie and her family have been located to Tomintoul, Scotland! Her old school, St Joseph’s which she notes at the foot of the Sampler is now the Smugglers Hostel, associated with SYHA. Discussion with the hostel has been opened in an attempt to find Maggie’s family if they remain in the locality, or to possibly ‘gift’ the sampler to the hostel in the meantime.

The local Press and community are being asked to help find Maggie’s descendants – if you can help, please contact me at

This Sampler is an example of an item which site users can list in the Genealogical section for sale or listed as a gift to a qualifying family member/descendant or commemorating organisation, eg local museum or historical society, military archive etc.

A question we are often asked is:
‘But if the lister sells this item to an un-connected buyer, ie. a non relative, isn’t that contrary to the purpose of the Genealogical section?’

The answer to this is, that we have created our Archive to which all Genealogical items remain in if gifted, and if they are offered for sale, the new buyer must commit to paying a £1 fee to put it in the Archive and to agree to consult with any family who may turn up later looking for the item this buyer is now the custodian of.

We believe most of our possessions will outlive us and therefore we are really only custodians of all our items. It is natural to become attached to ‘things’ and to value them. 111 years later this piece of work, perhaps a demonstration of a young girl’s potential to make a good wife, is an attractive and sought after item by family and by others who appreciate historical artefacts.