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Elizabeth, Lady Shelley

Elizabeth Pilfold was born in 1763 of a prosperous land-owning family of Effingham, Sussex. Reputed to be a great beauty, she married Timothy Shelley in October, 1791, and gave birth to her first-born, Percy Bysshe, the following August. Subsequently, she was also the mother of five daughters, only three of whom survived their infancy, (Elizabeth, Hellen, and Mary) and of a younger son, John. She outlived her husband by two years, dying in 1846 at the age of 83.