|Species||Spur-thighed tortoise (Testudo graeca)|
|Died||3 April 2004 (aged 160)
Timothy (c. 1844 – 3 April 2004) was a 5kg (11 pound) Mediterranean spur-thighed tortoise who was thought to be approximately 160 years old at the time of her death. This made her the UK's oldest known resident. In spite of her name, Timothy was female; it was not properly known how to sex tortoises in the 19th century. Timothy was named after a tortoise owned by Gilbert White.
Timothy was believed to have been born in the Mediterranean shores of Turkey and was found aboard a Portuguese privateer in 1854, aged around 10 by Captain John Guy Courtenay-Everard, of the Royal Navy. The tortoise served as a mascot on a series of navy vessels until 1892. She was ship's mascot of HMS Queen during the first bombardment of Sevastopol in the Crimean War (she was the last survivor of this war), then moved to HMS Princess Charlotte followed by HMS Nankin. After her naval service she retired to live out her life on dry land, taken in by the Earl of Devon at his home, Powderham Castle. From 1935 she lived in the castle's rose garden and was owned by Camilla Gabrielle Courtenay (1913-2010), the daughter of the 16th Earl of Devon. On her underside was etched "Where have I fallen? What have I done?", English translation of the Courtenay family motto ubi lapsus, quid feci.
Timothy is buried near the place of her demise at Powderham Castle.