William Darwin: Library catalogue

Scope and Content

A catalogue of the library of William Darwin covering two hundred and eleven pages of the volume, the rest of which is unused. The entries are arranged alphabetically, and most include a letter indicating where the work was located. There is a location key at the end of the volume.

Administrative / Biographical History

William Erasmus Darwin (1839-1914) was born on 27 December 1839, the son of the naturalist Charles Darwin. He was educated at Rugby before entering Christ's College, Cambridge, in 1858 (B.A., 1862; M.A., 1889), and was admitted to Lincoln's Inn in 1861. Darwin was Director of Grant and Maddison's Union Banking Co., Southampton, 1888-1903, and Chairman of the Southampton Water Company. He was an amateur geologist, and member of the Geological and Anthropological Societies. He died at Sedbergh, Yorkshire, on 8 September 1914.

Access Information

Open for consultation by holders of a Reader's Ticket valid for the Manuscripts Reading Room.

Acquisition Information

Presented by Lady Margaret Keynes, niece of William Darwin, 1973.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives. The biographical history was compiled with reference to the entry on William Darwin in J.A. Venn, Alumni Cantabrigienses, part II, vol. II (Cambridge University Press, 1944), p. 229.

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