Claire Mary Jane Clairmont
|Also Known As:||"Byron", "Claure", "Clairmont"|
|Birthplace:||Brislington, Somerset, England|
|Death:||Died in Florence, Provincia di Firenze, Toscana, Italy|
|Place of Burial:||Florence, Provincia di Firenze, Toscana, Italy|
Biological daughter of Sir John Lethbridge, 1st Baronet and Mary Jane Godwin aka Clairmont
|Managed by:||Laura Elizabeth McLean|
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About Claire Clairmont
In 2010 John Lethbridge was discovered to be the father of Claire Clairmont; her mother had created the idea of a "Charles Clairmont," to disguise the illegitimacy of her two children. (He was not the father of her other child.)
Birth: Apr. 27, 1798
Death: Mar. 19, 1879
Stepsister of Mary Shelley. Her mother was the second wife of Mary's father William Godwin.In 1816 Claire had a brief fling with Lord Byron that produced a daughter, Allegra, who sadly died at the age of five from typhus. After a Continental trip with the Shelleys during which they stayed with Byron in his Swiss villa, Claire took up residence in Bath, later moving on to Vienna then Russia, where she worked as a governess. She returned to England in 1828, but soon departed for Dresden, where she was again employed as a governess.Claire settled in Paris in the 1840s, maintaining constant communication with her now-widowed stepsister. She was popular in her governess work. She moved to Florence in 1870 and converted to Catholicism before dying at the age of 81. The Aspern Papers by Henry James is based on the author's failed attempts to gain ownership of the Shelley memorabilia in Claire's possession.
Parents: Mary Jane Clairmont Godwin (1768 - 1841) Children: Allegra Byron (1817 - 1822)*
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Burial: Cemetery of Misericordia di Santa Maria d'Antella Florence Provincia di Firenze Toscana, Italy
Created by: Mark McManus Record added: Apr 02, 2006 Find A Grave Memorial# 13822658
Step sister of Mary Shelley.
The Shelleys travel to Italy in order to convince Lord Byron to give his estranged lover Claire Clairmont access their child. They remain in Italy for several years.