Monday’s question: The owner of this handmade lace top was 19 years old when she died and was buried at sea. Who was she, and what does she have to do with Agnes Scott?
Answer: The lace belonged to Agnes Irvine Scott’s older sister, Susanna. On March 29, 1816, Agnes Irvine (the future Agnes Scott), age 17, along with her widowed mother Mary Stitt, her older sister Susanna, age 19, and Susanna’s husband, left Ireland aboard a ship bound for America. Susanna died aboard ship 19 days after they left Ireland and was buried at sea.
This top can be found displayed, along with Agnes Scott’s spinning wheel, other Agnes Scott family and college history artifacts, and hundreds of photos of the campus and students over the years, in the Betty Pope Scott Noble ’44 College Heritage Center on the second floor of McCain Library. Visit during open hours Mondays: 2 pm – 3 pm, Tuesdays: 12:30 pm – 3 pm, Wednesdays: 8:30 am – 10 am, Thursdays: 3 pm – 5 pm, Fridays: 12 noon – 1 pm, Saturdays: 10 am – 12 noon.