Viscountess Strangford

Emily Anne Beaufort Smythe, Viscountess Strangford


From 1858 onwards, Emily travelled in Egypt, Asia Minor, and Syria. Egyptian Sepulchres and Syrian Shrines records her impressions. It was a popular success and went through several editions.

Among its reviewers was Percy Ellen Algernon Frederick William Sydney Smythe, eighth Viscount Strangford (1825–1869), diplomatist and orientalist. The couple married in 1862 and went to live in the Near East.

Emily’s second book, The Eastern Shores of the Adriatic (1864), in which she describes the journeys that she and her husband made in Albania, Montenegro, Dalmatia, and Corfu, is part travelogue and part political discussion of the Eastern Question. (Next)