Amelia Jackson, born Amelia Staines, was the only child of Francis William Staines, a wealthy London merchant. She was brought up in St Leonards-on-Sea, Sussex. She married Augustus Shepherd, a London physician, who died in 1887. She subsequently married William Walrond Jackson Jr shortly after he became Rector of Exeter College, Oxford in 1887. They had no children but Amelia was a keen musician and an active participant in the social and cultural life of the College. Amelia inherited a fortune both from her father and her first husband, the bulk of which she left to the college. Her money now supports graduate studentships and junior members suffering hardship; she is the greatest benefactor to Exeter College in modern times.