Timothy Shelley

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Sir Timothy Shelley, 2nd Baronet of Castle Goring (7 September 1753 – 24 April 1844) was the son of Sir Bysshe Shelley, 1st Baronet of Castle Goring and the father of Romantic poet and dramatist Percy Bysshe Shelley.

Early life and education[edit]

Shelley was born to Sir Bysshe Shelley and Mary Catherine Michell, Lady Shelley. He studied at University College, Oxford, and was awarded his bachelor's in 1778; his master's following in 1781.[1] He then studied law at Lincoln's Inn.[2]


Shelley was elected as a Member of Parliament (MP) for Horsham, Sussex at the 1790 general election,[3][4] but an election petition was lodged and the result was overturned[3] on 19 March 1792.[4] He was elected as MP for New Shoreham at the 1802 general election.[5] Shelly was re-elected for Shoreham in 1806, 1807, and 1812, and held the seat until he stood down at the 1818 general election.[5][6]

He associated with the Duke of Norfolk during his time in the British political sphere.

Personal life[edit]

Shelley married Elizabeth Pilfold in October 1791 and they moved to Field Place in Warnham, approximately 40 miles outside London. The couple had six children:

  • Percy Bysshe (1792–1822)
  • Elizabeth (1794–1831)
  • Mary (1797–1884)
  • Hellen (1799–1885)
  • Margaret (1801–1887)
  • John (1806–1866)

All of Shelley's daughters remained unmarried.[7]


  • Mr Timothy Shelley (1753–1790)
  • Mr Timothy Shelley MP (1790–1815)
  • Sir Timothy Shelley (1815–1844)

Shelley inherited the baronetcy in 1815, becoming the 2nd Baronet Shelley, of Castle Goring, Sussex.


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Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
Jeremiah Crutchley
Philip Metcalfe
Member of Parliament for Horsham
1790 – 1792
With: Wilson Braddyll
Succeeded by
Lord William Gordon
James Baillie
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Charles Wyndham
Sir Cecil Bisshopp
Member of Parliament for New Shoreham
With: Sir Cecil Bisshopp to 1806
Sir Charles Burrell, Bt from 1806
Succeeded by
James Martin Lloyd
Sir Charles Burrell, Bt