(August 9, 1593 - December 15, 1683)
English writer, author of The Compleat Angler.
Izaak Walton was born at Stafford. His father, who was an innkeeper as well as a landlord of a tavern, died before Izaak was three. His mother then married another innkeeper.
He settled in London where he began trading as an ironmonger.
Walton's first wife was Rachel Floud (married December 1626) died in 1640. He married again soon after, his second wife being Anne Ken.
After Walton retired from his trade. He went to live near his birthplace in Stafford, where he had bought some land; but by 1650 he was again living in Clerkenwell. The first edition of his famous book The Compleat Angler was published in 1653.
The last forty years of his long life seem to have been spent in ideal leisure and occupation, visiting eminent clergymen and others who enjoyed fishing, compiling the biographies of congenial spirits, and collecting here a little and there a little for the enlargement of his famous treatise.
After 1662 he found a home at Farnham Castle with George Morley, bishop of Winchester, to whom he dedicated his Life of George Herbert and also that of Richard Hooker, and from time to time he visited Charles Cotton in his fishing house on the Dove.
He died in his daughter's house at Winchester, and was buried in the cathedral there.
It is characteristic of his kindly nature that he left his property at Shallowford for the benefit of the poor of his native town. (source: Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)
"We may say of angling as Dr. Boteler said of strawberries: "Doubtless God could have made a better berry, but doubtless God never did"; and so, if I might be judge, God never did make a more calm, quiet, innocent recreation than angling."
Izaak Walton, The Compleat Angler, Part I, ch. 5.