Francis Galton

Francis Galton (1822 - 1911)

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Sir Francis Galton
Born in The Larches, Sparkbrook, Birmingham, Englandmap
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Husband of — married 1 Aug 1853 (to 13 Aug 1897) [location unknown]
Died in Grayshott House, Grayshott, Hampshire, Englandmap
Profile last modified 27 Apr 2020 | Created 8 Dec 2014 | Last significant change: 27 Apr 2020
07:26: Steph (Obrien) Meredith edited the Biography for Francis Galton (1822-1911). [Thank Steph for this]
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Francis Galton son of Samuel Tertius Galton and his wife, Frances Violetta Darwin was born on 16 February 1822. He was baptised at St Martin in Birmingham on the 20th. [1]

He was educated at King Edward's Grammar School in Birmingham and at Rugby under Thomas Arnold [2]before going up to Trinity College, Cambridge where he obtained a BA in 1844 and an MA in 1847. [3]

On 1 August 1853 he married Louisa Jane Butler, daughter of George Butler, Dean of Peterborough [3] and his wife, Sarah Gray.

Francis died childless at Grayshott House in Haslemere on 17 January 1911[4][5] [3] and was buried at St Michael and All Angels, Claverdon in Warwickshire on the 21st. [6][2] He left £45,000 to found a Chair of Eugenics at London University. [3]


  1. Baptismal record St Martin, Birmingham 20 March 1822 Francis Galton born 16 February 1822 son of Tertius and Violetta Galton.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Wikipedia: Francis Galton
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Venn Cambridge Alumni: Galton Francis
  4. National Probate Calendar (7 March 1911 Sir Francis Galton of 42 Rutland Gate, Middlesex died 17 January 1911 at Grayshott House, Haslemere. Estate £104487 3s 1d. Probate granted to Edward GAlton Wheler and Arthur Francis Butler, inspector to the Board of Education)
  5. England and Wales death index (Registered Alton 1911 1st qu Francis Galton aged 88)
  6. Burial record Claverdon (21 January 1911 Francis Galton of Grayshott House, Grayshott, aged 88)
  • Census of England 1841, 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891
  • Ruth Schwartz Cowan, ‘Galton, Sir Francis (1822–1911)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004; online edn, Oct 2005 accessed 6 May 2017. This is a subscription site but access is free to readers of British libraries whose library subscribes.

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