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Elizabeth Copley (Shelley)

Birthdate: (50)
Birthplace: Maple Durham, Hampshire, England
Death: December 25, 1560 (46-54)
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Sir William Shelley, MP and Alice Shelley
Wife of Sir Roger Copley, of Gatton
Mother of Mary Copley; Margaret Gage; Bridget Southwell; Sir Thomas Copley and Catherine Lane
Sister of James Shelley; Richard Shelley, [Knight of Rhodes]; Edward Shelley, of Worminghurst Park; Thomas Shelley; John Shelley, of Michelgrove and 1 other

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About Elizabeth Copley (Shelley)

  • Elizabeth Shelley1
  • F, #326667
  • Last Edited=27 Dec 2008
  • Child of Elizabeth Shelley and Sir Roger Copley
    • 1.Bridget Copley+1
  • Citations
  • 1.[S3460] Christopher Devlin, The Life Of Robert Southwell: Poet And Martyr (n.n.: Farrar, Straus And Cudahy, 1956), page 7. Hereinafter cited as The Life Of Robert Southwell: Poet And Martyr.
  • From: http://www.thepeerage.com/p32667.htm#i326667



  • Sir Thomas Copley (1534–1584) was a prominent English Roman Catholic politician and exile of the reign of Elizabeth I. Knighted, perhaps by the king of France, and created ennobled by Philip II of Spain, he was often known by contemporaries as "Lord Copley".
  • He was the eldest son of Sir Roger Copley by his wife Elizabeth, daughter of Sir William Shelley of Michelgrove, judge of the common pleas, and was one of the coheirs of Thomas Hoo, Baron Hoo and Hastings, whose title he claimed and sometimes assumed. Lord Hoo's daughter Jane married his great-grandfather, Sir Roger Copley. Another daughter married Sir Geoffrey Boleyn, and was the great-grandmother of Anne Boleyn. Sir Thomas was of Gatton, Surrey, and Roughay, Sussex, and of The Maze, Southwark. [1]
  • The Lords of the Manor at Gatton then, as for nearly three centuries afterwards, returned the members of parliament for the borough of Gatton, and in 1554 Copley, when only twenty years of age, was returned ‘by the election of Dame Elizabeth Copley’ (his mother) as M.P. for Gatton. He sat for the same place in the later parliaments of 1556, 1557, 1559, and 1563, and distinguished himself in 1558 by his opposition to the government of Philip and Mary. He was then a Protestant, and was much in favour with his kinswoman Queen Elizabeth at the beginning of her reign. In 1560 she was godmother to his eldest son Henry. [1] .... etc.
  • From: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sir_Thomas_Copley


  • Sir William Shelley, Justice of the Court of Common Pleas, Under-Sheriff of London1,2,3,4,5,6,7
  • M, #73087, b. circa 1479, d. 4 January 1549
  • Father John Shelley, Esq.1,4,5,7 b. c 1455, d. 3 Jan 1526
  • Mother Elizabeth Michelgrove1,4,5,7 b. c 1457, d. 30 Jun 1518
  • Sir William Shelley, Justice of the Court of Common Pleas, Under-Sheriff of London was born circa 1479 at of Clapham, Michelgrove, & Kingsham, Sussex, England; Age 48 in 1527.1,4,7 A settlement for the marriage Sir William Shelley, Justice of the Court of Common Pleas, Under-Sheriff of London and Alice Belknap was made on 10 July 1511; They had 7 sons (including John; Sir Richard; Sir Edward; Thomas; & Sir James) and 7 daughters (including Katherine, wife of Henry Browne, Esq; Elizabeth, wife of Sir Roger Copley; Frances; & Margaret, wife of Edward Gage).1,2,3,4,5,6,7 Sir William Shelley, Justice of the Court of Common Pleas, Under-Sheriff of London left a will on 6 November 1548.4,5,7 He wrote a codicil on 29 December 1548.4,5,7 He died on 4 January 1549 at of Michelgrove & Clapham (both in Clapham), & Kingsham, Sussex, England.4,5,7 His estate was probated on 8 February 1549.4,5,7
  • Family Alice Belknap b. c 1482, d. b 4 Jan 1549
  • Children
    • Katherine Shelley+2,3,4,5,6,7 b. c 1512, d. c 1531
    • John Shelley+1 b. c 1514, d. 16 Dec 1550
  • Citations
  • 1.[S5] Douglas Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry, p. 90.
  • 2.[S5] Douglas Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry, p. 161.
  • 3.[S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. I, p. 341-342.
  • 4.[S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. IV, p. 142-143.
  • 5.[S6] Douglas Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry: 2nd Edition, Vol. I, p. 234.
  • 6.[S4] Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. I, p. 582.
  • 7.[S4] Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. V, p. 91.
  • From: http://our-royal-titled-noble-and-commoner-ancestors.com/p2432.htm#i73087


  • SHELLEY, William (by 1479-1549), of London and Michelgrove, Suss.
  • b. by 1479, 1st s. of John Shelley by Elizabeth, da. and h. of John Michelgrove alias Fauconer of Michelgrove. educ. I. Temple. m. by 1508, Alice, da. and event. coh. of Henry Belknap of Knell, Beckley, Suss., 7s. inc. Richard 7da. suc. fa. 3 Jan. 1527. Kntd. aft. 3 Nov. 1529.2
  • .... etc.
  • In his will of 6 Nov. 1548 Shelley asked to be buried in Clapham church if he died in the neighbourhood, ‘without any pomp or costly ceremonies’, and provided for the saying of 100 masses. Only three of his younger sons were still alive: he left the manor of Mapledurham and other Hampshire lands to Thomas, £20 a year to Richard and 100 marks to James. Richard Shelley might have received a larger legacy but his father had ‘been at great charges with the finding of him in Italy’: he was, however, to have the £100 owed to Shelley by Henry VIII’s executors (whom the judge had advised), ‘for I lent it to our said late sovereign lord at his being at the siege of Boulogne’—an allusion which shows that Shelley, after being summoned to raise soldiers for the campaign of 1544, had accompanied the King to France. He named his heir John sole executor but provided that in the event of John’s death—and he survived his father by less than two years—that task should be undertaken by his cousin Henry White, his daughter Elizabeth Copley and his friend and servant Thomas Bishop. Elizabeth Shelley’s marriage to Sir Roger Copley and her brother Thomas’s to Sir Roger’s sister Mary led to the return for Gatton of several of Shelley’s family as well as of his servant Bishop; another daughter, Catherine, married Henry Browne of Betchworth Castle, Surrey, several of whose family sat for Gatton after the flight overseas of Shelley’s grandson Thomas Copley. John Shelley’s marriage to Mary Fitzwilliam renewed his family’s relationship with Sir Anthony Cooke, a descendant of Henry Belknap, who had married her half-sister. In a codicil to his will of 29 Dec. 1548 Sir William Shelley forgave debts owing to him, including those of Leonard West. He died six days later. A tomb with figures in Clapham church commemorates him, his wife and their 14 children.8
  • From: http://www.historyofparliamentonline.org/volume/1509-1558/member/shelley-william-1479-1549


  • Sir William Shelley (1480?–1549) was an English judge.
  • Born about 1480, he was the eldest son of Sir John Shelley (died 3 Jan. 1526) and his wife Elizabeth (died 31 July 1513), daughter and heir of John de Michelgrove in the parish of Clapham, Sussex. Of the judge's six brothers, one, John, became a knight of the Order of St John, and was killed in defending Rhodes against the Ottoman Turks in 1522; from another, Edward, who is variously given as second, third, or fourth son, came the baronets of Castle Goring, Sussex (created 1806), and Percy Bysshe Shelley, the poet. The youngest brother, John Shelley, died in 1554. The settlement of an estate which he purchased on the dissolution of Sion Monastery led to the lawsuit known as ‘Shelley's case,’ and the decision known as the Rule in Shelley's Case. '.... etc.
  • Shelley married Alice (died 1536?), daughter of Sir Henry Belknap, grandson of Sir Robert de Bealknap of Knelle in the parish of Beckley, Sussex. By her he had four sons:
    • John (died 15 December 1550), father of William (not the same person as William Shelley of Hertford, also a prisoner in the Tower in 1580), who was attainted 15 December 1582 for complicity in Charles Paget's treasons, but not executed, and died 15 April 1597, being succeeded by his son John, created a baronet in 1611;
    • Sir Richard Shelley;
    • the third son, Sir James, was, like Sir Richard, a distinguished and widely travelled Knight of St. John;
    • the fourth, Sir Edward, was a master of the household of Henry VIII, treasurer of the council of the north, and captain of Berwick, and was killed at the battle of Pinkie on 10 September 1547.
  • Their daughter Elizabeth married Roger Copley, father of Sir Thomas Copley.[2]
  • From: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sir_William_Shelley


  • Richard SOUTHWELL (Sir Knight)
  • Born: 1540, Danbury, Essex, England
  • Died: 1600
  • Notes: See his Biography.
  • Father: Richard SOUTHWELL (Sir Knight)
  • Mother: Mary DARCY
  • Married: Bridget COPLEY (dau. of Roger Copley of Roughway and Elizabeth Shelley) ABT 1554 / BEF Dec 1555, Rougham, Suffolk, England
  • Children:
    • 1. Richard SOUTHWELL
    • 2. Thomas SOUTHWELL
    • 3. Robert SOUTHWELL (Saint)
    • 4. Mary SOUTHWELL
    • 5. Anne SOUTHWELL
    • 6. Catherine SOUTHWELL
  • Married: Margaret STYLES (dau. of John Styles of Ellingham) 1571, Ellingham, Norfolk, England
  • Children:
    • 7. Frances SOUTHWELL
    • 8. Henry SOUTHWELL
    • 9. Denzany SOUTHWELL
    • 10. Elizabeth SOUTHWELL
  • From: http://www.tudorplace.com.ar/SOUTHWELL.htm#Richard SOUTHWELL (Sir Knight)3


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Elizabeth Copley (Shelley)'s Timeline

Maple Durham, Hampshire, England
Age 19
Gatton, Surrey, England
Age 22
Gatton, Surrey, England
Age 25
Gatton, Surrey, England
Age 29
Bredon, Norton, Yorkshire, England
December 25, 1560
Age 51
November 16, 1929
Age 50
April 28, 1930
Age 50
September 13, 1968
Age 50