Martha Hale entry: Overview screen.
15 March 1728
Martha Rigby (later MH) was christened on this date at St Mary's Church, Stoke Newington
, north of London
, so she must have been born shortly before it.
MH wrote the earliest-dated poem in her collection, an ode addressed to Sir Charles Hanbury Williams, apparently seeking military preferment for the man
she married the following year.
13 October 1786
MH composed what is from a feminist point of view one of her most interesting poems, "To Mrs. Moore
, on the birth of the first child ever born in Lambeth Palace
By August 1800
MH became a published author when she printed by subscription (for charity) a volume entitled Poetical Attempts
16 June 1803
MH died at the age of seventy-one.