|Birth: ||May 30, 1766|
|Death: ||Nov. 13, 1848|
* To get to Charles Robert Darwin, click on Charles Robert Darwin = a son of Robert Waring Darwin, below
Dr Robert Darwin, F.R.S. was an English medical doctor, who today is best known as the father of the naturalist Charles Darwin.
He was born in Lichfield, the son of Erasmus Darwin and his first wife Mary Howard. He was named after his uncle, Robert Waring Darwin of Elston (1724–1816), a bachelor. His mother died in 1770 and Mary Parker, the governess hired to look after him, became his father's mistress and bore Erasmus two illegitimate daughters.
In 1783 Darwin began his studies of medicine at the University of Edinburgh. His father then sent him to the Leiden University in the Netherlands for a few months, and he took his MD there on 26 February 1785. His Leyden dissertation was impressive and was published in the Philosophical Transactions, but his father may have assisted him in this. In Edinburgh Robert Darwin had studied under several leading scholars, including John Walker. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society on 21 February 1788. In 1787, when he was still under 20 years old, Darwin set up practice in Shrewsbury, the county town of Shropshire. The family story was that he was brought there by his father who gave him £20, saying, "Let me know when you want more, and I will send it you", then sent another £20 by his uncle, and that was all he needed.
He and his wife had six children:
Marianne Darwin (1798–1858)
Caroline Sarah Darwin (1800–1888)
Susan Elizabeth Darwin (1803–1866)
Erasmus Alvey Darwin (1804–1881);
Charles Robert Darwin (1809–1882);
Emily Catherine Darwin (1810–1866).
He and his wife are buried in St Chad's Church, Montford, near Shrewsbury; Charles Darwin was baptised in St Chad's Church on November 15th 1809 and as a young boy attended the church with his mother Susannah.
Erasmus Darwin (1731 - 1802)
Susannah Wedgwood Darwin (1765 - 1817)*
Marianne Darwin Parker (1798 - 1858)*
Caroline Sarah Darwin Wedgwood (1800 - 1888)*
Erasmus Alvey Darwin (1804 - 1881)*
Charles Robert Darwin (1809 - 1882)*
Charles Darwin (1758 - 1778)*
Erasmus Darwin (1759 - 1799)*
Robert Waring Darwin (1766 - 1848)
Frances Anne Violetta Darwin Galton (1783 - 1874)*
Francis Sacheverel Darwin (1786 - 1859)*
St Chad's Church
Shropshire Unitary Authority
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