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Florence Smithson - A Musical Mystery?

Florence Annette SMITHSON, Welsh Soprano/actress/pantomimist 1884-1936

This star of the Edwardian stage was born in Wales, daughter of Will SMITHSON, actor and provincial theatre manager (?East and West Midlands?) - mother possibly Madame Florence ANNETTA, actress and pantomimist.  All three names may be stage names.

Florence SMITHSON first married in Merthyr Tydvil in 1901 to a George ROBINSON but later married Herbert TAYLOR (stage name Dan ROLYAT)

Thomas Smithson - Mayor of Ripon, 1890 to 1892

His badge on the baldric bears the Arms of the Butchers' Company, with the crest of the Smithson family – a squirrel sejant cracking a nut ppr. – and the motto "Nihil sine labore."

Arms: Az. two slaughter axes indorsed in saltire ar. handled or, betw. three bulls' heads, couped of the second, armed of the third, viz. two in fesse and one in base; on a chief arg. a boar's head couped gu. betw. two block-brushes, (i.e. bunches of knee holly) vert. Supporters: Two flying bulls arg. winged, armed and hoofed or, over each head a small circle of glory ppr.