Williams, Edward Ellerker
Williams, Edward Ellerker
|NAVAL OFFICER (ENGLAND)|
BORN 22 May 1793, India - DIED 8 Jul 1822, Lerici, Liguria: at sea|
GRAVE LOCATION London: Kensal Green Cemetery, Harrow Road, Kensal Green (088/PS (18029) (ashes))
Edward Williams was born as the son of John Williams, an officer in the Bengal Army. He was sent to England and attended Eton from 1805 to 1807. In 1807 he joined the Navy. His father died in 1809 and he joined the army in India in 1811. After serving under his half-brother, he was promoted to lieutenant in 1813. In India he served with Thomas Medwin, the cousin of the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley.
In 1818 he retired on half-pay. On his return to England he was in the company of Jane Johnson (born Cleveland), the wife of another officer. Soon she called herself Jane Williams.
In 1819 he went to Geneva with Medwin and they lived there with him until 1820. Medlin left, but the Edward and Jane Williams went to Chalon and then to Italy, where they met Medwin again in Pisa. Medwin introduced him to Percy Bysshe Shelley and befriended him. Shelley took a liking to Jane and adressed several poems to her.
In November 1821 Williams met Lord Byron and in January 1822 Edward John Trelawny. Williams and Shelley drowned on 8 July 1822 after they left Leghorn with their boat to return to Pisa. Their bodies were found and their remains were cremated on the beach. Jane took his ashes back to England and when she died they were buried with her at Kensal Green Cemetery.
knew Byron, George Noel Gordon
was a friend of Medwin, Thomas
was a friend of Shelley, Percy Bysshe
knew Trelawny, Edward John
was the lover of Williams, Jane
|16/1/1821||Jane and Edward Williams arrive in Pisa. They met the Shelleys on January 19th and the couples soon became friends. [Shelley, Mary][Shelley, Percy Bysshe][Williams, Jane]|
|5/11/1821||First meeting between Lord Byron and Edward Williams. Percy Byshhe Shelley took Williams to see Byron and introduced them to each other. Williams was favourably impressed by Byron's good mood and by his wit. [Byron, George Noel Gordon ][Shelley, Percy Bysshe]|
|16/12/1821||Byron shoots a small twig in two from 14 feet distance. This was written in his diary by Edward Williams, who was a witness. Mary Shelley and Jane Williams were also there. [Byron, George Noel Gordon ][Shelley, Mary][Williams, Jane]|
|14/1/1822||Edward John Trelawny arrives in Pisa. He was a friend of the Williams family and he admired Lord Byron. He soon met the Shelleys. [Shelley, Mary][Shelley, Percy Bysshe][Trelawny, Edward John][Williams, Jane]|
|20/4/1822||Edward Williams meets Samuel Rogers during a visit to Lord Byron. Williams wasn't much impressed by his appearance. The next day he saw Rogers again. [Byron, George Noel Gordon ]|
|30/4/1822||The Shelleys and Claire Clairmont move to Casa Magni, San Terenzo. The Williams family joined them one day later. [Clairmont, Claire][Shelley, Mary][Shelley, Percy Bysshe][Williams, Jane]|
|8/7/1822||Percy Bysshe Shelley drowns in the Gulf of Spezia. He and Edward Williams were sailing back home to Mary Shelley and Jane Williams from Leghorn, where they had met Leigh Hunt and his family. Allthough a storm was rising they left in Shelley's small boat the Don Juan. Only ten days later their bodies were found on the beach. [Shelley, Mary][Shelley, Percy Bysshe][Williams, Jane]|
Blunden, Edmund, Shelley, Collins, London, 1946
Feldman, Paula R. and Diana Scott-Kilvert, The Journals of Mary Shelley, 1814-1844, Oxford at the Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1987
Jones, Frederick L., Maria Gisborne & Edward E. Williams, Their Journals and Letters, University of Oklahoma Press, Norman, Oklahoma, 1951
Mellor, Anne K., Mary Shelley, her Life, her Fiction, her Monsters, Routledge, New York, 1989
Edward Ellerker Williams - Wikipedia