RECORD: 'Admissions 1818-1828' CC-T.1.4 Transcribed and edited by John van Wyhe (Darwin Online,

REVISION HISTORY: Scanned (with Geoffrey Thorndike Martin) and transcribed by John van Wyhe 8.2006. RN2

NOTE: This admissions book records Darwin's admission, not his residence in College, which began in Lent Term 1828.

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Reproduced with permission of the Master and Fellows of Christ's College, Cambridge.

See an introduction to the admissions books by John van Wyhe.


October 15. 1827

Charles Darwin admd. a Pensr.1

Caution & Fees not Paid

Paid £15.19.6

1 Darwin was admitted as a 'pensioner', one of three ranks of students: fellow commoners (younger sons of noblemen or very wealthy individuals), pensioners (coming from the French for boarder) and sizars. A pensioner being a commoner who was able to pay all of his own fees and expenses without a scholarship.

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