Sir Bysshe Shelley, 1st Baronet

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Sir Bysshe Shelley, 1st Baronet of Castle Goring (21 June 1731 – 6 January 1815) was the grandfather of Romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley.


Shelley was born in Newark, New Jersey (present day USA) on 21 June 1731.[1][2] He became rich and influential due to a combination of marriages to women from other influential families and his own family's wealth.[3] In the 1790s, following the death of his second wife, he built a magnificent country house, Castle Goring, which he intended to be the family seat. He was created 1st Baronet Shelley, of Castle Goring, Sussex. He died in 1815 at the age of 83.[4]

Personal life

Sir Bysshe was married twice; firstly, to Mary Catherine Michell on 30 June 1752, and secondly to Elizabeth Jane Perry (a descendant of King Henry VII) in 1769.

Child from first marriage:

  • Timothy Shelley (7 September 1753 – 24 April 1844); later Sir Timothy Shelley, 2nd Baronet of Castle Goring

Child from second marriage:

  • John Shelley Sidney (18 December 1771 – 14 March 1849); later Sir John Shelley-Sidney, 1st Baronet of Penshurst Place


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