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Elizabeth Rowe

ROWE, Elizabeth (née Singer). b. Ilchester, Somerset, 11 September 1674; d. Frome, Somerset, 20 February 1737. She was well educated, partly at a boarding school, and partly by Henry Thynne, son of Viscount Weymouth, at Longleat, from whom she learned Italian and French. The family moved to Frome in 1692, by which time Elizabeth had already begun to contribute poems to John Dunton’s Athenian Mercury, using the name ‘Philomela’. (Dunton married Elizabeth Annesley, sister of Susanna Annesley, who married Samuel Wesley (I)*.) Her earliest publication was a collection of these, Poems on Several Occasions: Written by Philomela (1696). Her later work included much devotional poetry, published as...

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