A descendent of Edmund Waller, Elizabeth Knipe lived in Manchester and published two books of poems before her brief marriage to William Clarke of Ipswich (1790). She was a friend of Clara Reeve, author of The Progress of Romance, under whose influence she wrote a novel set in Norman England. In 1792 she married a wealthy brewer, John Cobbold; in addition to his fourteen children by a previous marriage, they had seven more together. In Ipswich she was a leader in literary and charitable organizations. Her son, the Rev. Richard Cobbold (1797-1877), was also a poet.
1810 ca.Sonnet. "Era'l giorno ch'al Sol si scolorano."
1810 ca.Sonnet. On some Violets planted in my Garden by a Friend.
1810 ca.The Two Vanities, — A Fable.
1810 ca.Three Sonnets.
1818 ca.Sonnet to Lord Byron.
Poems on various subjects. 1783.
Six narrative poems. 1787.
The sword; or, Father Bertrand's history of his own times. 1791.
The mince pie, an heroic epistle. 1800.
Cliff valentines. 1813, 1814.
An ode on the victory of Waterloo. 1815.
Monody to the memory of Mrs. Byles. 1818.
Poems, with a memoir of the author [ed. Laetitia Jermyn]. 1825.