Shelley, Percy Florence

NOBLEMAN (ENGLAND)
BORN 12 Nov 1819, Firenze, Toscana - DIED 5 Dec 1889
GRAVE LOCATION Bournemouth, Dorset: St. Peter's Churchyard

Percy Florence Shelley was the only surviving child of Percy Byssshe Shelley and his wife Mary Shelley. His father drowned in Italy in 1822 and he returned with his mother to England in 1824.

He was educated at Harlow and at Trinity College, Cambridge. In 1844 his grandfather Sir Timothy died and he became the 3rd Baronet of Castle Goring, Sussex.

In 1848 he married Jane St John, a widow whose strong personality overshadowed his own. They lived in Bournemouth and when his mother died in 1851 she was buried at St Peter's Churchyard, Bournemouth. He and Jane had no children, allthough they adopted Bessie Florence Gibson, the daughter of Edward Gibbon who was possibly Jane's brother.

Lady Shelley removed many valuable doccuments that could damage Percy Bysshe Shelley's reputation from the family archive.
He lived as a typical English gentleman in Bournemouth. Percy Florence died in 1889 and was buried in the Mary Sheley's tomb at St Peter's Churchyard.

Family
• Mother: Shelley, Mary
• Father: Shelley, Percy Bysshe
• Wife: St. John, Jane (1848-1889, London: St. George's, Hanover Square)

Related persons
• knew Allingham, William

Events
12/11/1819 . He was born in Florence. [Shelley, Mary][Shelley, Percy Bysshe]
25/8/1823Mary Shelley arrives in London with her son Percy Florence [Shelley, Mary]
14/6/1826Percy Florence Shelley becomes heir to the Shelley fortune after the death of his half-brother Charles Shelley 
0/5/1833Mary Shelley moves to Harlow. Since september, 1832 her son Percy Florence went to school there. It was cheaper to enlist him as a day student and let him live with her. [Shelley, Mary]
0/4/1836Mary Shelley moves to 14 North Bank, Regents Park. She had lived in Harlow since May 1833, where her son Percy went to school. In April 1836 she housed him with a private teacher, Mr. Morrison, Vicar of Stoneleigh (near Leamington, Warwickshire). [Shelley, Mary]
0/0/1840Mary Shelley travels on the continent with her son Percy Florence. From June to December. They visited Cadenabbia, Milan and Paris. [Shelley, Mary]
0/2/1840Sir Timothy Shelley raises Percy Florence Shelley's allowance to 400 pounds 
0/3/1843Mary Shelley arrives in Rome. She had been toruing the continent with her son Percy Florence since June 1842 and it was her first visit to the city since the 1820s. They visited Shelley's grave but she couldn't find the grave of her son William who had died in Rome in 1819. Percy Florence was unimpressed with the art in Rome and to her disappointment he refused to visit the museums. Mary toured them with the art critic Alexis-Francˇis Rio. [Shelley, Mary][Shelley, Percy Bysshe]
10/7/1843Mary Shelley returns to England after a travelling on the continent. Her son Percy Florence was in her company. [Shelley, Mary]
29/7/1848Mary Shelley joins her son Percy Florence and his wife Jane at Field Place. Jane St. John had married her son Percy Florence and they had returned from their honeymoon in the Lake District. Field Place was the birthplace of Percy Florence's father Percy Bysshe Shelley. [Shelley, Mary][Shelley, Percy Bysshe][St. John, Jane]
0/0/1850Mary Shelley travels to the C˘te d'Azur. It was in the spring and she was in the company of her son Percy Florence and his wife Jane. [Shelley, Mary]

Images

The grave of Mary Wollstonecraft, William Godwin and Mary Shelley at St. Peter's Churchyard, Bournemouth.
Picture by Androom (18 Jun 2010)

 

The grave of Mary Wollstonecraft, William Godwin and Mary Shelley at St. Peter's Churchyard, Bournemouth.
Picture by Androom (18 Jun 2010)

 

The grave of Mary Wollstonecraft, William Godwin and Mary Shelley at St. Peter's Churchyard, Bournemouth.
Picture by Androom (18 Jun 2010)

 

Plaque for Sir Percy Florence Shelley at Shelley Manor, Boscombe.
Picture by Androom (27 Aug 2015)

 

Sources
• Feldman, Paula R. and Diana Scott-Kilvert, The Journals of Mary Shelley, 1814-1844, Oxford at the Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1987
• Mellor, Anne K., Mary Shelley, her Life, her Fiction, her Monsters, Routledge, New York, 1989
• St Clair, William, The Godwins and the Shelleys, Faber and Faber, London, 1990
• Sunstein, Emily W., Mary Shelley, Romance and Reality, Little, Brown and Company, Boston, 1989


Sicard von Sicardsburg, August

Published: 3 Jun 2017
Last update: 23 Dec 2017