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Erasmus Darwin MD FRS (1731-1802), Breadsall Priory, Morley, 1804

Erasmus Darwin was born 12 December 1731 at Elston Hall, near Nottingham. His father Robert was a lawyer. He went to Chesterfield School in 1741 before heading to St John's College, Cambridge. In 1853 he went to Edinburgh to study medicine. He then briefly set up a practice in Nottingham before moving to Lichfield. By 1861 his standing was such that he became a Fellow of the Royal Society. At one …