Frances Hardy Grey. (Fanny)

Born 18 May 1823 at Milfield Hill.

Married Rev. George Hunt Smyttan in 1848

Died 25 September 1895 at Cheltenham.

For information on the lives of Fanny and her five sisters read "The Six Brides of Dilston" by A.R.C. Bolton.
Her parents John and Hannah.
Watercolour portrait in an elaborate square frame signed E.H. Mole 1845. Written on the back: "I think this is Fanny daughter of John Grey. (She was very dark). Married the Rev. G. Smyttan, author of the hymn 'Forty days & forty nights'."
Fanny. Thanks to Jane Jordan for this picture reproduced in her book on Josephine Butler.

Rev. George Hunt Smyttan was born in Bombay in about 1824 and lived at Charlton Hall. He was curate of Ellingham-with-Alnwick from 1848-1850 when he became Rector of Hawksworth in Nottinghamshire. He was staying with his parents in Edinburgh on the 1851 census, while Fanny was at Dilston. He listed his occupation as Rector of Hawksworth. Photo. from Charlton Hall web site.
The Six Brides of Dilston records that Fanny was a talented artist. She worked with her sister Josephine in Liverpool helping girls work and looked after her father in his old age, while her husband was still alive. Smyttan died in Germany in 1870 at the early age of 48. It appears that they were not much together. They had no children.