" Capt Hardy, Uncle of Hannah Annett Mrs. John Grey of Milfield , written on reverse, a copy of a miniature from Milfield. "

Probably an army officer because of the star shaped buttons. Approximately 1781-93.

"Thomas Hardy died 13 September, 1798, aged 60 years. Monumental inscription, Alnwick. His daughter, Hannah, married Ralph Annett, of Alnwick, and died in Edinburgh, 29 December, 1837." From note page 280, "Six North country diaries by John Crawford" on line here.

Hannah Eliza Annett's ancestors.
"Josephine's new grand piano took pride of place. This was the wedding present from a rich great uncle, Joseph Hardy, after whom she was named" page 30 of "Patron Saint of Prostitutes , Josephine Butler and a Victorian Scandal" by Helen Mathers. published 2014.
See letter here from H. E. Grey Dilston 30 Dec 37 & Dilston Dec 30th 1837: " My poor mother was buried on Tuesday, in the new burying ground on the Calton Hill."
From page 271, "Six North country diaries by John Crawford" on line here.
From page 311, "Six North country diaries by John Crawford" on line here.
1791 The Universal British Directory from UK, City and County Directories source: ancestry.
Ralph Annett bought Heckley Fence. Photo © Copyright Russel Wills and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence
William Annett farmed at Heckley High House Photo © Copyright Sally Holmes and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence