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Francis Sacheverel Darwin


Physician and traveller. Son of Erasmus Darwin (1731–1802) by his second wife, Elizabeth. Studied medicine at Edinburgh but did not practise for long. Travelled through Spain, the Mediterranean, and the East, 1808–10, and kept a diary in which he reported on the plague in Smyrna and the hospitals he visited. On returning to England, practised medicine briefly in Lichfield before retiring to Sydnope Hall, Derbyshire. JP and deputy lieutenant of Derbyshire. Knighted, 1820.


Alum. Cantab.

Darwin pedigree

Pearson 1914–30, 1: 22–4


Alum. Cantab.: Alumni Cantabrigienses. A biographical list of all known students, graduates and holders of office at the University of Cambridge, from the earliest times to 1900. Compiled by John Venn and J. A. Venn. 10 vols. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1922–54.

Darwin pedigree: Pedigree of the family of Darwin. Compiled by H. Farnham Burke. N.p.: privately printed. 1888. [Reprinted in facsimile in Darwin pedigrees, by Richard Broke Freeman. London: printed for the author. 1984.]

Pearson, Karl. 1914–30. The life, letters and labours of Francis Galton. 3 vols. in 4. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.