Isabella Valancy Crawford

Born in Dublin, Ireland, about 1846, this notable Canadian poet immigrated with her family to Canada, 1857-58, settling at Paisley. Her father practiced medicine here for some years and after his death in Peterborough, in 1875, Isabella moved to Toronto where she attempted to support her sister and mother by writing. A fine knowledge of classical literature, an intense idealism and a gift for startling imagery pervade her poetry. Like many post-Confederation poets, she was influenced by the English Romantic and Victorian Schools. She brought to the pioneer Canadian landscape vivid images of love and death. Her brief life was marked by poverty and lack of recognition. Isabella Crawford's best known collection is "Old Spookses" "Pass, Malcom's Katie and other Poems", published in 1884 three years before her death.


Near Teeswater Road, off Queen Street, by Goldie & Water Streets, Paisley

Region: Southwestern Ontario

County/District: County of Bruce

Municipality: Municipality of Arran-Elderslie