Sir John Shelley, 7th Baronet

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John Villiers Shelley (18 March 1808 – 28 January 1867)[1] was an English Tory politician.

He was elected at the 1830 general election as a Member of Parliament (MP) for Gatton[2] in Surrey, then at the 1831 general election as an MP for Great Grimsby,[3] but did not contest the seat at the 1832 general election.[3]

He did not stand again until he unsuccessfully contested the 1841 general election in East Sussex.[4]

Shelley returned to the Commons after a twenty-year absence when he was elected at the 1852 general election as a Member of Parliament (MP) for Westminster,[5] where he was re-elected in 1857 and 1859. He did not stand again in Westminster at the 1865 general election, when he contested Bridgwater, but without success.[6]

On the death of the 6th Baronet on 28 March 1852 he became the 7th Baronet Shelley of Michelgrove.[1]


  1. ^ a b Leigh Rayment's list of baronets [self-published source][better source needed]
  2. ^ Stooks Smith, Henry. (1973) [1844-1850]. Craig, F. W. S., ed. The Parliaments of England (2nd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. p. 547. ISBN 0-900178-13-2. 
  3. ^ a b Stooks Smith, page 202
  4. ^ Craig, F. W. S. (1989) [1977]. British parliamentary election results 1832–1885 (2nd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. p. 470. ISBN 0-900178-26-4. 
  5. ^ Craig, pages 20–21
  6. ^ Craig, page 61

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Joseph Neeld &
Michael George Prendergast
Member of Parliament for Gatton
With: John Thomas Hope
Succeeded by
Viscount Pollington &
Anthony John Ashley
Preceded by
Charles Wood &
George Harris
Member of Parliament for Great Grimsby
With: George Harris
Succeeded by
Henry Fitzroy &
Lord Loughborough
Preceded by
Charles Lushington &
Sir George de Lacy Evans
Member of Parliament for Westminster
With: Sir George de Lacy Evans 1846-1865
Succeeded by
Hon. Robert Wellesley Grosvenor
& John Stuart Mill
Baronetage of England
Preceded by
John Shelley
(of Michelgrove)
Succeeded by
Frederic Shelley