|Birth:||21 May 1820|
Devonport, England, UK
|Death:||20 January 1927|
Oxford, England, UK
|Age:||106 years, 244 days|
Frances Jane Ross Smith (21 May 1820 – 20 January 1927) was a British centenarian who was the oldest known living person in the United Kingdom at the time of her death.
Frances Smith was born in Devonport, England, United Kingdom on 21 May 1820 to John Smith, a solicitor, and his wife Charlotte. She had a younger brother, Frederick Henry Smith (1824–1903), who was a Major General in the Bengal Infantry and raised the 18th Bengal Lancers during the Indian Mutiny of 1857-58. She never married nor had children, and lived in St John's Home, Oxford, from 1896 until her death.
Smith became the oldest person in the UK following the death of 106-year-old Jane Raby on 11 June 1926. She subsequently became the oldest person in Europe following the death of Belgian Marie Delfairiere on 26 December 1926. Smith died on 20 January 1927 at the age of 106 years, 244 days. Her successors as the oldest person in the UK and Europe were William Walker and Katherine Plunket respectively. It is unknown who succeeded her as the oldest woman in the UK.
- Early centenarians Oldest in Britain
- Oldest person since 1925 Oldest in Britain
- Biography of Smith's brother, Major General Frederick Henry Smith