Annie Fortescue Harrison

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Annie Jessie Fortescue Harrison (30 December 1848[1] – 12 February 1944), also known as Annie, Lady Hill and Lady Arthur Hill, was an English composer of songs and piano pieces.[2]

She was born in Calcutta,[3] British India, the daughter of James Fortescue Harrison, MP of Kilmarnock. In 1865, they moved to Crawley Down, Sussex, where her father built a mansion called Down Park.[4] In 1877, she married Lord Arthur Hill, who had been a widower, they had one daughter.

Two of her piano instrumentals are:[5]

  • "The Elfin Waltzes"
  • "Our Favourite Galop"

Two of her operettas are:

  • The Ferry Girl
  • The Lost Husband

Her most popular song was "In the Gloaming" (1877), with lyrics by Meta Orred.[6]


  1. ^ India, Select Births and Baptisms, 1786-1947
  2. ^ McVicker, Mary F. (2016). Women Opera Composers: Biographies from the 1500s to the 21st Century. McFarland. p. 45. ISBN 9780786495139. Retrieved 9 July 2018.
  3. ^ 1871 England Census
  4. ^ Wojtczak, Helena (2008). Notable Sussex Women: 580 Biographical Sketches. Hastings Press. p. 43. ISBN 9781904109150. Retrieved 9 July 2018.
  5. ^ The Book of World Famous Music, Popular, Classical and Folk (1966) by James Fuld.
  6. ^ Gardner, John R. (19 April 2004). "Harrison, Annie Fortescue". Oxford Music Online. Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/gmo/9781561592630.article.54036.

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