Elizabeth Cobbold

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Elizabeth Cobbold
Mrs Elizabeth Cobbold attr to George Frost 1815ish.jpg
Portrait attributed to George Frost
Elizabeth Knipe

Occupationwriter and poet

Elizabeth Cobbold or Carolina Petty Pasty born Elizabeth Knipe (1765–1824) was a British writer and poet.


Cobbold was born Elizabeth Knipe in London in 1765[1] and baptised in the now lost church of St Olave Silver Street before living in Manchester.[2][citation needed] Her first marriage was to William Clarke who worked for the customs at Ipswich. William was older than her and disabled and he died after less than a year. By this time she had published her first novel The Sword, or Father Bertrand's History of his own Times[1] which was influenced by her friend Clara Reeve.[2] The following year after becoming a widow she married the Ipswich brewer John Cobbold and she became the stepmother of fifteen children as well as, in time, giving birth to an additional seven.[1] In 1814 they moved to a house at Holywells Park in Ipswich from their previous house, The Cliff.

Despite this number of children she published under the pseudonym of Carolina Petty Pasty a poetical piece which included a portrait which was her work too. In 1803 she served as editor to a volume of poems by Ann Candler. She continued to do charitable work and in 1812 she started a clothing society for small children and in 1820 a charitable bazaar.[1]

From 1806 Cobbold was known for Valentine Day cards which had verses written by herself and she published these in 1813 and 1814.[1] The verses were attached to cleverly cut paper and it has been said that the skill of the cutting exceeded the quality of the poetry.

Works and legacy[edit]

Acila cobboldiae [nl] was named for her.

There are extant oil paintings of Elizabeth and her husband John which are attributed to George Frost.[3] Her son Richard Cobbold was also a noted writer.[2] A rare species of shellfish, Acila cobboldiae [nl] was named for her by George Sowerby.[1]

  • Poems on various subjects. 1783.
  • Six narrative poems 1787.
  • The sword; or, Father Bertrand's history of his own times[1] 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.


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Cobbold, Elizabeth" . Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900.
  2. ^ a b c [1], Spenserians, retrieved 4 April 2018
  3. ^ 8 paintings by or after George Frost at the Art UK site