Shelley, Percy Florence

NOBLEMAN (ENGLAND)
BORN 12 Nov 1819, Firenze - 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
1819/11/12:
He was born in Florence.
1823/8/25: Mary Shelley arrives in London with her son Percy Florence
1826/6/14: Percy Florence Shelley becomes heir to the Shelley fortune after the death of his half-brother Charles Shelley
1833/5/0: Mary 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.
1836/4/0: Mary 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).
1840/0/0: Mary Shelley travels on the continent with her son Percy Florence
From June to December. They visited Cadenabbia, Milan and Paris.
1840/2/0: Sir Timothy Shelley raises Percy Florence Shelley's allowance to 400 pounds
1843/7/10: Mary Shelley returns to England after a travelling on the continent
Het son Percy Florence was in her company.
1848/7/29: Mary 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.
1850/0/0: Mary Shelley travels to the Côte d'Azur
It was in the spring and she was in the company of her son Percy Florence and his wife Jane.

Sources
• St Clair, William, The Godwins and the Shelleys, Faber and Faber, London, 1990

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)

 


Sicard von Sicardsburg, August

Published: 3 Jun 2017
Last update: 3 Jun 2017