The author Charles Kingsley was born on 12 June 1819 at Holne Vicarage in Devonshire, England. His father was the Rev. Charles Kingsley. The young Charles Kingsley was sent to school at Clifton, Bristol, in 1831, and then to the grammar school at Helston, Cornwall. In 1836 his family moved to London and he became a student at King's College, London, and then in 1838 he began studies at Magdelene College, Cambridge. In 1842 he became curate at Eversley, Hampshire. Kingsley married Fanny Grenfell in 1844 and in the same year he became rector at Eversley.
Kingsley's works include: Westward Ho! (1855); The water-babies (1863); Hereward the Wake (1866).
Though Charles Kingsley is now best remembered as a childrens writer and particularly remembered for The water-babies he was also a popular preacher and clergyman and well-known supporter of Charles Darwin, historian, proponent of womens education, and populariser of science. He had been interested in geology since childhood.
In 1859 he became one of Queen Victoria's chaplains-in-ordinary, and then in 1860 he became Professor of Modern History at Cambridge 1860, a post which he held until 1869. In 1869 he was appointed canon of Chester and then in 1873 he was appointed canon of Westminster.
Charles Kingsley died on 23 January 1875 and was buried at Eversley on 28 January.