Ann Yearsley (3280 words)

  • Stephen Van-Hagen (University of Coventry)

Ann Yearsley, known as “Lactilla” or “The Bristol Milkwoman”, was the largely self-educated daughter of a milkwoman and herself sold milk from door to door. She married, had six children, fell into distress, and was brought to the notice of the evangelical writer Hannah More who revised, corrected and promoted her poetry, then achieved a successful subscription publication of her Poems on several occasions (1785). She then wrote a verse tragedy, Earl Goodwin (1789) and an historical novel, The Royal Captives: a Fragment of Secret History (1795), based on the story of the ‘Man in the Iron Mask’. She died on 8 May 1806.

Yearsley was baptised Ann Cromartie on Clifton Hill, Bristol, in 1753. …

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Van-Hagen, Stephen. "Ann Yearsley". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 03 March 2007
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