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.

Family
• Husband: Shelley, Percy Florence (1848-1889, London: St. George's, Hanover Square)

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

Events
22/6/1848Percy Florence Shelley marries Jane St. John. They had been engaged since 24 March 1848. The wedding took place at St. George's, Hanover Square, London. [Shelley, Percy Florence ]
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][Shelley, Percy Florence ]
29/10/1864William Allingham dines with Sir Percy Florence Shelley. During the dinner Lady Shelley and two of Shelley's sisters were present. One of the sisters was Helen. Sir Percy stated clearly that he wasn't interested in literature and poetry and that he preferred sailing and private theatre. Helen Shelley's memories of Leigh Hunt were not favourable and Allingham, who had known Hunt, decided not to about Hunt anymore. [Allingham, William][Hunt, Leigh][Shelley, Percy Florence ]
9/12/1868Sir Percy Florence Shelley receives William Allingham for lunch. Ladt Shelley tells him about Mary Shelley's last moments and about the Christianity of Shelley's daughter Ianthe. [Allingham, William][Shelley, Percy Florence ]
12/12/1868William Allingham enters Sir Percy Florence Shelley's steam yacht. He was invited by the boatsman at Inman's Quay to enter the yacht Nökken. Sir Percy Florence Shelley and Lady Shelley were there. Allingham describes in his diary that it was rather cold and the decided to go ashore to dine. [Allingham, William][Shelley, Percy Florence ]

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)

 

Sources
• Allingham, William, William Allingham, A Diary, 1824 - 1889, Penguin Books, Harmondsworth, 1985
• Rees, Joan, Shelley's Jane Williams, William Kimber, London, 1985
• Sunstein, Emily W., Mary Shelley, Romance and Reality, Little, Brown and Company, Boston, 1989


Staal, Viktor

Published: 1 Jan 2006
Last update: 27 Jul 2010