Sir George Howard “Uncle George” Darwin


Sir George Howard “Uncle George” Darwin

Downe, London Borough of Bromley, Greater London, England
Death 7 Dec 1912 (aged 67)
Cambridge, City of Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England
Burial Trumpington, City of Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England
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Sir George Darwin (1845-1912) was educated at Trinity College (B.A. 1868) and became Plumian Professor of Astronomy and Experimental Philosophy at Cambridge in 1883. He purchased Newnham Grange in 1885. His daughter Gwen Raverat (1885-1957) wrote a delightful account of growing up at Newnham Grange in Period piece: A Cambridge childhood (1952.) Darwin College was founded on the site in 1964.

Darwin’s son Sir Francis (1848-1925) studied at Trinity College (B.A. 1870) and became a Fellow of Christ’s on 8 December 1888, and Honorary Fellow in 1906. Two of Darwin’s other sons made their lives in Cambridge. Sir Horace Darwin (1851-1928) was also educated at Trinity College, Cambridge. He received his B.A. in 1874. He became the Founder and Director of the Cambridge Instrument Co., Botolph Lane, Cambridge and was Mayor of Cambridge between 1896 and 1897. Sir Charles Galton Darwin (1887-1962), a grandson, was 29th Master of Christ’s between 1936 and 1939. Descendants of Darwin remain members of the University of Cambridge to this day; Sirs Francis, George and Horace Darwin are all buried in Cambridge, with four out of five wives and some family members.

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 :
Corris, Wales = 1
A.R.D. (was A.R.R.)
Downe, England = 5
E.D. (was E.W.)
H.E.L. (was H.E.D.)
Forest Row, England = 2
(C.) M. D. (was C.M.M.)
Great Malvern, England = 1
London, England = 2
*E.F.D., was E.F.F. (Putney Vale)
C.D. (Westminster Abbey)
North Stoneham, England = 2
S.P.A.D. (was S.P.A.S.)

An English astronomer and mathematician, a son of Charles Darwin. Brother of Sir Francis and Sir Horace Darwin who are buried in the Ascension Parish Burial Ground; he and his wife had five children, one of whom was Gwen Raverat who is buried with him in Trumpington Extension Cemetery, Cambridge. His baby son 'Leonard', who died in 1899, is also buried in the Trumpington Extension.

They were married on 22nd of July, 1884.

His wife (Lady Maud) was cremated at Cambridge Crematorium on February 10, 1947, and is presumed to be interred in this grave.

"I have indeed been most happy in my family, & I must say to you my children that not one of you has ever given me one minute's anxiety, except on the score of health. There are, I suspect, very few fathers of five sons who could say this with entire truth. When you were very young it was my delight to play with you all, & I think with a sigh that such days can never return. From your earliest days to now that you are grown up, you have all, sons & daughters, ever been most pleasant, sympathetic & affectionate to us & to one another. When all or most of you are at home (as, thank Heavens, happens pretty frequently) no party can be, according to my taste, more agreeable, & I wish for no other society. We have suffered only one very severe grief in the death of Annie at Malvern on April 24th, 1851, when she was just over ten years old. She was a most sweet & affectionate child, & I feel sure would have grown into a delightful woman. But I need say nothing here of her character, as I wrote a short sketch of it shortly after her death. Tears still sometimes come into my eyes, when I think of her sweet ways." (CD)

“A House By the River: Newnham Grange to Darwin College” by Margaret Keynes (1984): “The burial attended only by the family and a few old friends, was in the graveyard at Trumpington where parishioners of St. Botolph's Church are now buried...” (Chapter 17: The Darwin Celebrations and Sir George Darwin's Death, page 178).


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