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 (b. 1734 in Sussex, England), the daughter of Theobald and Mary (nee Tredcroft) Michell.[1] He studied at University College, Oxford, and was awarded his bachelor's in 1778; his master's following in 1781.[2] He then studied law at Lincoln's Inn.[3]


Shelley was elected as a member of parliament (MP) for Horsham, Sussex at the 1790 general election,[4][5] but an election petition was lodged and the result was overturned[4] on 19 March 1792.[5] He was elected as MP for New Shoreham at the 1802 general election.[6] Shelly was re-elected for Shoreham in 1806, 1807, and 1812, and held the seat until he stood down at the 1818 general election.[6][7]

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), English Romantic poet
  • Elizabeth (1794–1831)
  • Mary (1797–1884)
  • Hellen (1799–1885)
  • Margaret (1801–1887)
  • John (1806–1866)

All of Shelley's daughters remained unmarried.[8]

Ancestry chart[edit]


  • 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.


  1. ^ Baptism Record of Katherine Michell. Ancestry.com. England, Select Births and Christenings, 1538–1975 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2014. Original data: England, Births and Christenings, 1538–1975. Salt Lake City, Utah: FamilySearch, 2013. Paid subscription site. Retrieved May 2017.
  2. ^ Foster, Joseph (1888–1892). "Shelley, (Sir) Timothy (Bart.)" . Alumni Oxonienses: the Members of the University of Oxford, 1715–1886. Oxford: Parker and Co – via Wikisource.
  3. ^ A Biographical Sketch by blupete: Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792–1822)
  4. ^ a b Stooks Smith, Henry. (1973) [1844–1850]. Craig, F. W. S. (ed.). The Parliaments of England (2nd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. ISBN 0-900178-13-2.
  5. ^ a b Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "H"
  6. ^ a b Stooks Smith, page 350
  7. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "N" (part 2)
  8. ^ thePeerage.com – Person Page 3897

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Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
Jeremiah Crutchley
Philip Metcalfe
Member of Parliament for Horsham
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