Byron became acquainted with the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley and Shelley's future wife, Mary Godwin. Claire Clairmont, Mary's stepsister, with whom he had an affair in London, also accompanied him. Their meeting occurred in 1814 when Claire was only 16 years old.
Byron was married at the time of his death in 1824. However, his wife was still living with their two children when he died a bachelor at the age of 36.
Claire went back to France where she lived with her son until her death in 1857. Mary Godwin survived her husband by more than 30 years and died in 1896 at the age of 91. She is buried next to her husband in St Pancras Churchyard.
Shelley wrote several poems about their friendship including "She Walks in Beauty" and "Ode to Music".
Byron's daughter Annabella took her own life in Italy in 1821. Her brother William later died an untimely death at the age of 31. A third child who was not yet born was lost at sea when his boat sank during a sailing trip to Greece. This leaves us to assume that William was also born dead.
Their father's friend John Clare was another acquaintance of Byron's.
Mary Shelley's Influence Byron was traveling in 1816 when he came upon Lake Geneva, Switzerland. He met Percy Shelley, Mary Godwin (later Mary Shelley), and Claire Clairmont there (half sister to Mary Godwin). The group became friends, and they decided to travel together to Italy. While in Europe, they visited many sites including Rome, Venice, and Paris. Back in London, Percy Shelley married Jane Wisden. They had a daughter but were divorced after only few months. Then on April 6, 1824, Percy Shelley died at the age of 27. After his death, Mary Shelley married William Godwin. She went on to write two novels: Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus (published anonymously in 1818) and Valperga (published posthumously in 1823).
Byron developed a love interest in Mary Godwin. But she already had a boyfriend named Charles Clairmont. So when Byron traveled back home to England, he left Mary behind in Switzerland. Later, she sent him some letters but he didn't reply. Finally, she married William Godwin and moved to Ireland. However, their marriage wasn't happy and ended in divorce after only few months. Then in 1816, Mary Shelley got married to Sir Walter Scott. They had one son but it didn't last long. In 1820, Mary Shelley died at the age of 36.
Mary traveled with her boyfriend, poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, their four-month-old infant, and Claire Clairmont, her stepsister. Byron and Percy, both aficionados of one other's art, quickly became close friends. They canceled their other plans and booked houses along Lake Geneva. There they could enjoy each other's company while gazing out over the water. Mary was happy to have found such a pleasant distraction from her unhappy marriage. She felt free and relaxed for the first time in years.
Byron was also married but had no children. He was fascinated by the idea of fathering a child through artificial insemination. He proposed this scheme to Percy but was rejected. This only increased his interest in it, and soon he began to research the subject himself. He read everything he could get his hands on and even attended lectures given by scientists who were advancing techniques at that time.
In 1815, Mary published her first novel, "Frankenstein," which is considered a milestone in science fiction. Two years later, she met Dr. John William Polidori at a party. He was a doctor who had just returned from traveling with his wife. She told him about her husband's plan to experiment with human decomposition and asked him if he would help. Without hesitating, he agreed. The three of them spent several evenings talking about science fiction books then went to bed.