Isabella Whitney entry: Overview screen.
The date of IW's birth is not known: it must have been some time around the mid sixteenth century. She seems to have been the eldest among her sisters, if not of the whole family. Her "Wyll"
says she was "bred"
. She probably means that London shaped her. She may well have been born at Coole Pilate
, a hamlet where her family had a small estate.
The printer Richard Jones
issued IW's Copy of a letter to her unconstant Lover
, the first book of poems identified as by an Englishwoman, as by 'Is. W.'
Nothing is known of when or where IW died, though the balance of probability seems to be that she was living in September 1600.