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Two 18th century samplers, sewn by the youngest sister of Robert Burns, are to be sold by Charterhouse in their textile auction on Friday 3rd November.

“They are an amazing discovery found hidden away in an old wooden box at the owners house in deepest Dorset.” Commented Richard Bromell.

The samplers are worked by Isabella Burns, youngest sister of poet Robert Burns. They were both included in the historically important Scottish Exhibition in Glasgow 1911.

The 1911 Exhibition had the emphasis on Scottish history and culture. The main centrepiece of the exhibition was the Palace of History which displayed thousands of items loaned by public and private collections across Scotland, including the two samplers being sold by Charterhouse.

They were loaned by the Rev George F A MacNaughton from The Manse, Carsphairn, Kirkcudbrightshire in Dumfries and Galloway. Both samplers still retain their original exhibition labels to the back. The largest sampler, estimated at £200-400, measures 43 x 20.5 cm and the other, estimated at £100-200, measures 19 x 19.5 cm, and they come to auction from a direct descendant of the Rev George MacNaughton.

Charterhouse are now accepting entries for their forthcoming specialist auctions with textiles, silver, jewellery & watches, Asian Art, coins, medals, stamps and classic motorcycles throughout October, November and December.

Richard Bromell and the Charterhouse Team can be contacted for advice and valuations at The Long Street Salerooms, Sherborne, 01935 812277 or via

Two 18th century samplers, by Isabella Burns, in the Charterhouse auction of textiles on 3rd November