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Sir Francis Sacheverel Darwin
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Birth: Jun. 17, 1786
Radbourne
Derbyshire, England
Death: Nov. 9, 1859
Breadsall
Derbyshire, England

Sir Francis Sacheverel Darwin was a physician and traveller who was knighted by King George IV.He was a son of Erasmus Darwin and his second wife Elizabeth (née) Collier, widow of Col Edward Pole and natural daughter of Charles Colyear, 2nd Earl of Portmore. He was an uncle (and godfather) of Francis Galton, half-brother of Robert Waring Darwin and a half-uncle of Charles Darwin.
He graduated from Emmanuel College, Cambridge. Travels in 1808, at 22, he started with four others, one of whom was his brother-in-law Theodore Galton, on a tour through Spain, the Mediterranean and the East. Travelling was not then what it is now, and they came in contact with war, robbers, privateers and the plague in the diary of this two years' tour in the East. Of the five who started, only Darwin returned alive. The diary of the tour shows a keen antiquarian taste gratified under many difficulties, and it is recognised that Darwin not only loved adventure for its own sake, but was a born naturalist also, whose ready pencil followed a keen eye, where rock and mineral, plant and beast were concerned, as readily as when it portrayed an archaeological novelty or displayed the costumes of Greece or Turkey. Typical of the man is the account he gives of the plague in Smyrna; instead of flying from the place, he remarks, "On the 2nd day we again found ourselves at Smyrna amongst the plague, which had increased, 400 persons having died in our absence. I had now an opportunity of watching the progress of this disorder in several English sailors, who having been on shore, had caught the infection. I also visited the Armenian, and Greek hospitals, where numbers were dying daily of the plague." From Wikipedia article.
 
 
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 Parents:
  Erasmus Darwin (1731 - 1802)
 
 Spouse:
  Dame Jane Harriet Ryle Darwin (1794 - 1866)
 
 Children:
  Edward Levett Darwin (1821 - 1901)*
  Anne Eliza Thomasine Darwin (1828 - 1904)*
 
 Siblings:
  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)
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
All Saints Breadsall, Derbyshire
Breadsall
Erewash Borough
Derbyshire, England
 
Maintained by: Martin Douglas Packer
Originally Created by: Dave Peck
Record added: Mar 09, 2011
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Sir Francis Sacheverel Darwin
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Sir Francis Sacheverel Darwin
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