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Lady Florence Henrietta Fisher Darwin
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Birth: Jan. 31, 1864
Kensington
Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea
Greater London, England
Death: Mar. 5, 1920
Cambridge
City of Cambridge
Cambridgeshire, England

In "F.W.Maitland:A Childs-Eye View" by her daughter Ermengard Maitland, Florence is referred to by (quote)... "her menagerie of animals, her hours of violin playing, her feeding of tramps and gypsies, her photography and pony-driving, her story-telling and play-writing...", as well as her liking for Thackeray. (Her first husband liked the works of Charles Dickens.) Frances Cornford has a little poem about FLORENCE DARWIN and her habit of keeping a marmoset in her muff. " (!)

From Frances Cornford, Collected Poems, London, The Cresset Press, 1954. It is on p. 108, in a section entitled "Two epitaphs".

On a Pet

Florence has lost her joy, her marmoset.
No more those bright world-penetrating eyes
Peer from the sacred cavern of her muff,
Two jewels closely set.
Un-nibbled now the sugared cherry lies,
November sleet whips through the northern skies,
The tiny tropic heart has throbbed enough.


THE FAMILY OF CHARLES & EMMA DARWIN : we now have locations and images of the graves of all 21 members of CHARLES & EMMA DARWIN's immediate family: Charles & Emma, 10 children: with 8 wives and 1 husband; 19 in England & 1 in Wales and 1 in France.

Cambridge, England = 7:
E.W.D., was E.W.C. (Girton)
F.D., Sir (Ascension)
F.H.D., previously Maitland, was F.H.F., Lady (Ascension)
G.H.D., Sir (Trumpington Extension)
‘I’ (E.C.) D., was E.C. F., Lady (Ascension)
H.D., Sir (Ascension)
M.H.D., was M.H.DuP.,Lady (Trumpington Extension, cremated)
Cannes, France = 1 :
R.B.L.
Corris, Wales = 1
A.R.D. (was A.R.R.)
Downe, England = 5
C.W.D.
E.D.
E.D. (was E.W.)
H.E.L. (was H.E.D.)
M.E.D.
Forest Row, England = 2
L.D.
(C.) M. D. (was C.M.M.)
Great Malvern, England = 1
A.E.D.
London, England = 2
E.F.D., was E.F.F. (Putney Vale)
C.D. (Westminster Abbey)
North Stoneham, England = 2
W.E.D.
S.P.A.D. (was S.P.A.S.)

The third wife of Sir Francis Darwin; widow of Frederic William Maitland (1850–1906), jurist and historian; daughter of Herbert William Fisher and Mary Louisa Fisher, nee Jackson. She married Francis Darwin on 3rd of March 1913.

Lucy Walker in "A Walk Around Ascension Parish Burial Ground" said (quote) 'Opposite (the grave of Sir Francis Darwin and his daughter Frances Cornford] under a bush in grave 4I28 is (Lady) Florence Henrietta Darwin, who was Sir Francis Darwin's third wife."

Additional biographical information from a very helpful gentleman living in Cambridgeshire:

"Death: 05 March 1920 (Florence H DARWIN)
10 Madingley Road, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
Mar 1920, Cambridge, Volume 3b, Page 557, age 54 yrs. She was actually 56 yrs. old, as she was born 31 Jan 1864 Kensington, London. Mar 1864, Kensington, Volume 1a, Page 120 (Female FISHER)

Will Probate: Darwin, Dame Florence Henrietta of Brookthorpe Gloucestershire (3# wife of Sir Francis Darwin) died 5 March 1920 at 10 Madingley-road Cambridge. Probate London 17 August to Ermengard Maitland spinster.

Her husband Sir Francis Darwin died 19 Sept 1925 at the same address."

Sir Francis Darwin and his dog "Scrubbins": ""In my life with dogs I have felt much more clearly their desire to speak, and to speak truth, p. 225 than the wish to
deceive. I had an old Scotch terrier, who in his youth, before I knew him, had been called Nigel, no doubt because he was black and small, but as he grew up he somehow acquired the uncouth name of Scrubbins. At one stage of his career he was condemned to death for eczema. I begged him off, and he lived some five years with me, and was cured of his eczema by the devoted care of a servant. He was a dog of large heart, who, while he cared for others, was
especially devoted to me. In his old age his eyes became dim and his limbs stiff. He had a pathetic way of standing staring into my eyes, or with difficulty getting his paws on to my knees to ask to have his head rubbed, an attention of which he never wearied. No one could doubt that this was his expression of the mutual love that bound us to each other. This was the indestructible impression produced, and it is useless to tell me that he may have been striving to
conceal some crime, or at least some base and worldly point of view. When sentiment is applied to facts, rational conclusions are apt to be rare—but without a share of sentiment there might have been no facts to record."
 
 
Family links: 
 Spouses:
  Francis Darwin (1848 - 1925)
  Frederic William Maitland (1850 - 1906)*
 
 Children:
  Ermengard Maitland (1887 - 1968)*
  Fredegond Cecily Maitland Shove (1889 - 1949)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Ascension Parish Burial Ground
Cambridge
City of Cambridge
Cambridgeshire, England
Plot: 4I26
 
Created by: Martin Douglas Packer
Record added: Oct 12, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 98717674
Lady Florence Henrietta <i>Fisher</i> Darwin
Added by: Martin Douglas Packer
 
Lady Florence Henrietta <i>Fisher</i> Darwin
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Lady Florence Henrietta <i>Fisher</i> Darwin
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