St. John, Jane

NOBLEMAN (GREAT-BRITAIN)
BORN 1820, Newcastle upon Tyne - DIED 24 Jun 1899, Boscombe Manor (near Bornemouth)
REAL NAME Gibson, Jane
GRAVE LOCATION Bournemouth, Dorset: St. Peter's Churchyard

Daughter of the banker Thomas Gibson from Newcastle on Tyne, who never married the mother of his nine children. She was the widow of Charles Robert St. John (whom she had married on 20 Apr 1841) when she married Sir Percy Florence Shelley (son of the poet) on 22 Jun 1848.

From that moment she was Lady Shelley and she removed many 'dangerous' parts from the Shelley correspondence to protect the family name. Jane was very close to Sir Percy's mother Mary Shelley.

Related persons
• knew Allingham, William
• was a friend of Shelley, Mary

Sources
• Sunstein, Emily W., Mary Shelley, Romance and Reality, Little, Brown and Company, Boston, 1989

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)

 


Staegemann, Elisabeth von

Published: 1 Jan 2006
Last update: 27 Jul 2010