Hannah Greg (nee Lightbody) (1766-1828)
Hannah Greg (nee Lightbody) (1766-1828)
Hannah Greg (nee Lightbody) (1766-1828)


Hannah Greg (nee Lightbody) (1766-1828)

1789 Liverpool

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Hannah was the daughter of a wealthy Unitarian Liverpool merchant, Adam Lightbody (1729-1778) and Elizabeth Tylston (1735-1801). After an education in a progressive day school in Stoke Newington she returned to Liverpool and married Samuel Greg in 1789, introducing the Presbyterian to her Unitarian faith, Cross Street Chapel, and the influential network Manchester and Liverpool trading and banking families.

Marriage in 1789 caused a move from Liverpool to King Street, Manchester where she found difficulty in adapting to household management. She worked on it and was soon entertaing the members of the Manchester Literary and Philosophical Society after their meetings

Samuel Greg was the proprietor of Quarry Bank Mill in Styal (built 1784). Hannah gave birth to 13 children.

Samuel built cottages for his workers and provided an apprentice house for the indentured children that he employed in the mill. The Gregs saw themselves as enlightened employers; in 1831 they employed 351 'free hands' and 100 children. The children, some local and others originating in workhouses were overseen by Hannah Greg- who delivered the services of a doctor, two teachers and two singing masters and weekly attendance at the Anglican parish church.

Hazlehurst was born in Liverpool and was a pupil of Joshua Reynolds. He exhibited at the Society for Promoting Painting and Design in Liverpool between 1760 and 1818 and at the Liverpool Academy between 1810 and 1812. It is not thought that Hazlehurst left Liverpool, therefore this miniature is likely to have been commissioned as a wedding portrait in 1789 prior to the Greg's move to Manchester .
Slightly faded but otherwise good
Height 8.00 cm (3.15 inches)
Stock Code
watercolour on ivory
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