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Ann Yearsley

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Ann Yearsley, née Cromartie (8 July 1753 – 6 May 1806), also known as Lactilla, was an English poet and writer from the labouring class, in Bristol. The poet Robert Southey wrote a biography of her. Personal life Born in Bristol to John and Anne Cromartie, Ann worked in childhood as a milkwoman, like her mother. She received no formal education, but her brother taught her to write. She married John Yearsley, a yeoman, in 1774. A decade later the family was rescued from destitution by the charity of Hannah More and others. Yearsley was among the noted Bristol women to campaign against the Bristol slave trade. In other respects her politics have been described as conservative. Yearsley's husband died in 1803. She died in 1806 at Melksham near Trowbridge, Wiltshire. Her grave can be found in Birdcage Walk, Clifton, Bristol. Writings Hannah More called her first encounter with Yearsley positive, saying her writing "excited [her] attention" as it "breathed the genuine
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