Timothy Shelley

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Elizabeth Pilfold
(m. 1791)
Timothy Shelley
Portrait of Sir Timothy Shelley.jpg
Portrait of Timoty Shelley, by George Romney (1791)
Member of Parliament
for New Shoreham
In office
Sir Cecil Bisshopp (1802–1806)
Sir Charles Burrell (1806–1818)
Children7; including Percy
Parent(s) Sir Bysshe Shelley
Mary Catherine Mitchell
Alma mater University College, Oxford

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


Early life and education

Timothy Shelley was the son of Sir Bysshe Shelley and his wife Mary Catherine Michell (1734–1760), daughter of the Reverend Theobald Michell and his wife Mary Tredcroft. [1] He studied at University College, Oxford, and was awarded his bachelor's degree in 1778, his master's degree 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

Shelley married Elizabeth Pilfold in October 1791 and they moved to Field Place in Warnham, approximately 40 miles (64 km) outside London. The couple had seven children:

None of Shelley's daughters married except for Mary, who in 1819 married D. F. Haynes. [8]



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

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  5. 1 2 Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "H"
  6. 1 2 Stooks Smith, p. 350.
  7. Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "N" (part 2)
  8. thePeerage.com – Person Page 3897
Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by Member of Parliament for Horsham
With: Wilson Braddyll
Succeeded by
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by Member of Parliament for New Shoreham
With: Sir Cecil Bisshopp to 1806
Sir Charles Burrell, Bt from 1806
Succeeded by
Baronetage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by Baronet
(of Castle Goring)
Succeeded by