Evelyn Shirley (1812–1882)
Shirley was born in London, the eldest son of Evelyn Shirley and Eliza, daughter of Arthur Stanhope. He was a descendant of Robert Shirley, 1st Earl Ferrers. He was educated first privately and from 1826 at Eton College, before matriculating in 1830 from Magdalen College, Oxford, graduating BA in 1834 and MA in 1837.
He inherited Ettington Park at Alderminster, near Stratford-on-Avon on the death of his father in 1856 and commissioned architect John Prichard to remodel it in 1858. It is now a Grade I listed building.
Shirley sat as Member of Parliament for County Monaghan from 1841 to 1847 and for Warwickshire South from 1853 to 1865. He served as High Sheriff of Monaghan for 1837 and as High Sheriff of Warwickshire for 1867.
Shirley married Mary Clara Elizabeth, daughter of Sir Edmund Lechmere, 2nd Baronet, in 1842. They had one son, Sewallis Shirley, and three daughters. Shirley died in September 1882, aged 70. His wife died in August 1894.
- "Name: ETTINGTON PARK HOTEL List entry Number: 1382586". English Heritage. Retrieved 13 September 2014.
- Works written by or about Evelyn Shirley at Wikisource
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Evelyn Shirley
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
Hon. Henry Westenra
|Member of Parliament for County Monaghan
With: Hon. Henry Westenra 1841–1843
Charles Powell Leslie III 1843–1847
Charles Powell Leslie III
Thomas Vesey Dawson
|Member of Parliament for Warwickshire South
With: Lord Guernsey 1853–1857
Edward Bolton King 1857–1859
Sir Charles Mordaunt, Bt 1859–1865
Sir Charles Mordaunt, Bt
Henry Christopher Wyse