SHELLEY, John (?1730-83), of Mitchelgrove, Suss.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1715-1754, ed. R. Sedgwick, 1970
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24 Dec. 1751 - 1768
1768 - 1774
1774 - 1780

Family and Education

b. ?1730, o.s. of Sir John Shelley, 4th Bt.. educ. Westminster 1745-8; Peterhouse, Camb. 17 Sept. 1748, aged 18. m. (1) 27 Aug. 1769, Wilhelmina (d. 21 Mar. 1772), da. of John Newnham of Maresfield Park, Suss., 1s.; (2) 14 Feb. 1775, Elizabeth, da. of Edward Woodcock of Lincoln’s Inn, 3da. suc. fa. as 5th Bt. 6 Sept. 1771.

Offices Held

Keeper of the recs. in Tower of London 1755-d.; clerk of the pipe in the Exchequer 1758-d.; P.C. treasurer of the Household 1766-77.


At the age of 21 Shelley was brought into Parliament by his uncle, the Duke of Newcastle, who later endowed him with the sinecures of keeper of the records in the Tower and clerk of the pipe, both for life. A place in the customs, being incompatible with a seat in the House of Commons, was held in trust for him, bringing his emoluments to upwards of £1,500 p.a. He died 11 Sept. 1783.

Ref Volumes: 1715-1754

Author: Romney R. Sedgwick