Percy Florence Shelley
Percy Florence Shelley, 1819-1889. Son and only
surviving child of Mary
and Percy Bysshe Shelley,
so-named because born in Florence during their sojourn in Italy. A
major reason for Mary's relocation to England was to see to his
proper education and prospects in life. Like his father, he
attended Eton and Oxford,
though he lacked any of his father's intellectual passion. He
acceeded to the baronetcy upon the death of his grandfather, Sir Timothy, in 1844. In 1848 he married Jane St.
John, a passionate admirer of both his parents, who came to
oversee the establishment of their Victorian reputations.
Meanwhile, Sir Percy Florence stood for parliament, running as a
conservative. Perhaps luckily for that later family reputation,
he lost. He and Lady Jane died without issue.