Charles Darwin in Scotland
Charles Robert Darwin (1809 – 1882) was born in England on 12 February 1809.
Between 1825 and 1827, Darwin studied medicine in Edinburgh. His lodgings were in a tenement on the site of the National Museum of Scotland.
Bored by his medical studies, he took the opportunity to develop his interests in natural history. The extensive natural history collections of the University of Edinburgh, part of which is now held in National Museums Scotland collection, provided a unique resource for an aspiring naturalist.
Darwin learned how to observe, dissect and prepare specimens. He took private lessons in taxidermy from John Edmonstone, a freed slave, who also sold specimens to the University Museum.