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Frances Crofts Darwin Cornford

  • Birth 29 Mar 1886 Cambridge, City of Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England
  • Death 19 Aug 1960 Cambridge, City of Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England
  • Burial Cambridge, City of Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England
  • Plot 2D34
  • Memorial ID 5935597

English Poet. Because of the similarity of her Christian name and her husband's, she was known to her family before her marriage as "FCD" and after her marriage as "FCC" and her husband Francis Cornford was known as "FMC". Her father Sir Francis Darwin, a son of Charles Darwin, yet another 'Francis', was known to their family as "Frank", or as "Uncle Frank". She was the daughter of the botanist Francis Darwin and Newnham College fellow Ellen Wordsworth Crofts (1856-1903), and born into the Darwin — Wedgwood family. She was a granddaughter of the British naturalist Charles Darwin. Her elder half-brother was the golf writer Bernard Darwin. She was raised in Cambridge, among a dense social network of aunts, uncles, and cousins, and was educated privately. Frances Cornford published several books of verse, including her debut (as "F.C.D"), The Holtbury Idyll (1908), Poems (1910), Spring Morning (1915), Autumn Midnight (1923), and Different Days (1928). Mountains and Molehills (1935) was illustrated with woodcuts by her cousin Gwen Raverat. She wrote poems including "The Guitarist Tunes Up." She is possibly best remembered for her triolet poem "To a Fat Lady Seen from the Train" in Poems of 1910.

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  • Added: 7 Nov 2001
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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Frances Crofts Darwin Cornford (29 Mar 1886–19 Aug 1960), Find A Grave Memorial no. 5935597, citing Ascension Parish Burial Ground, Cambridge, City of Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England ; Maintained by Find A Grave .