Maj Leonard “Uncle Lenny” Darwin

Maj Leonard “Uncle Lenny” Darwin

Birth
Downe, London Borough of Bromley, Greater London, England
Death 26 Mar 1943 (aged 93)
Forest Row, Wealden District, East Sussex, England
Burial Forest Row, Wealden District, East Sussex, England
Memorial ID 103240944 · View Source
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Leonard Darwin, the fourth and last surviving son of Charles Darwin and Emma Wedgwood, was born at Down House, Downe, Kent on 15 January 1850 and died in London on 26 March 1943. He entered the Royal Military Academy at Woolwich in 1868, and came second on the examination list, to his father's great joy. He served in the Royal Engineers, rising to the rank of major by 1890, and on scientific expeditions to photograph the transit of Venus. He taught at the School of Military Engineering at Chatham from 1877–82, and served in the intelligence division of the Ministry of War from 1895–90. He entered parliament in 1892 as Liberal-Unionist MP for Lichfield, holding the seat until 1895, during which time he began a serious study of economics. From 1908–11 he was president of the Royal Geographical Society.

The dates of his respective marriages were:

i.) Elizabeth on 11th July, 1882;
ii) Charlotte (Mildred): 29th November, 1900.


THE FAMILY OF CHARLES & EMMA DARWIN : we now have images of the graves of all 21 members of CHARLES & EMMA DARWIN's immediate family: Charles & Emma themselves, 10 children: with 8 wives and 1 husband; TOTAL OF 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.)

Darwin married Elizabeth Frances Fraser on 11 July 1882, but she died on 13 January 1898 and was buried in Putney, London. On 29 November 1900 he remarried, to his first cousin Charlotte Mildred Massingberd (1868–1940), the daughter of Edmund Langton (1841–1875) and granddaughter of Rev. Charles Langton and his wife Charlotte Wedgwood, the sister of Leonard Darwin's mother Emma. Their shared ancestor was Josiah Wedgwood II. Charlotte Mildred Massingberd's paternal grandfather, Charles Langton (1801–1886), married Charles Darwin's sister Emily Catherine Darwin, after Charlotte Wedgwood's death. Since Charles Darwin and Emma Wedgwood were cousins, Charlotte Mildred Massingberd was also a second cousin on his father's side. Leonard Darwin had no children from either marriage.



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  • Created by: Martin Douglas Packer
  • Added: 7 Jan 2013
  • Find a Grave Memorial 103240944
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Maj Leonard “Uncle Lenny” Darwin (15 Jan 1850–26 Mar 1943), Find a Grave Memorial no. 103240944, citing Forest Row Cemetery, Forest Row, Wealden District, East Sussex, England ; Maintained by Martin Douglas Packer (contributor 47912178) .