My name is Anne Marie McAleese and I am the great niece of Meg(Maggie) Grant. Last night we were repatriated with Maggie’s sampler which she sewed 111 Years ago! This is indeed a wonderful discovery for my 94 year old mum, Isabella McCarron, as she had no idea where aunt Meg’s sampler had gone after her death in 1976, aged 86 years. My great aunt’s last days were spent in Nazareth House in Aberdeen but she spent the majority of her life in her home village of Tomintoul and it was at the local school there that she embroidered the sampler in 1903, aged 14 years!
Grace Anne bought the sampler at an antiques fair in the West end of Glasgow a year ago but decided to seek the help of her friend Stephen King and his innovative Reunitems site to see if there were any living relatives of Meg as she wanted to reunite a family member with the sampler if possible. After two months of searching various sources, Stephen located the area Meg came from and an article in the Press and Journal came up trumps, as my cousin in Elgin, Iain McAllister, having read the advert, contacted me last Wednesday and set the wheels in motion and Grace Anne and Stephen presented my mum with the sampler on Monday 17th February.
A lovely end to a heart-warming story-what a small world we live in, eh and what an excellent way to bring special things and people together?
Having received this gift, Isabella & Anne Marie made a donation through Reunitems to our charity of the month Operation Smile!
After an article in the Aberdeen Press & Journal by Kaye Nicholson, Maggie’s family have come along with a family tree and proven a connection. This means now, our member, Graceanne Williamson will gift the Sampler ( A3 sized and framed ) to Maggie’s 94 year old relative.
A link to the article and photographs will be added shortly! Watch this space!
Myrtle is featured on Daily Record, with journalist Craig McQueen covering VW camper van’s history. Fascinating article about the minivan’s manufacturing censure and Reunitems ab ovo.