Ann Cromartie Yearsley was born in Bristol, where she worked as a milkmaid. She married in 1774 and had six children before coming under the patronage of Hannah More, who assisted her with her verses and arranged for a large subscription of a volume of poems published in 1784. Yearsley and More quarreled over control of the proceeds, and "Lactilla," as she was known, pursued an independent career as a poet, dramatist, and novelist, with indifferent success.
Poems on several occasions. 1785.
Poems on various subjects. 1787.
A poem on the inhumanity of the slave trade. 1788.
Stanzas addressed to L. Eames. 1790.
Earl Goodwin: an historical play. 1791.
Reflections on the death of Louis XVI. 1793.
An elegy on Marie Antoinette. 1795?
The royal captives. 4 vols, 1795.
The rural lyre: a volume of poems. 1796.