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Inhaltsangabe: Dr Darwin's Waterloo Pigeon is an incredible and thought-provoking tale concerning the life of Doctor Robert Darwin, father of the world's most famous naturalist Charles Darwin. When Doctor Robert Darwin arrived in the town of Shrews-bury in 1786 he did so with GBP20 in his possession, a gift from his father a pound (GBP1.00) for every year of his life. When Darwin died his declared wealth was put at GBP300,000 - but his personal fortune was estimated to be considerably higher and local author Henry Quinn now offers a unique insight into how the doctor could have amassed such wealth. For many years it was assumed Darwin's affluence came from his marriage to Susannah Wedgwood, eldest daughter of pottery tycoon Josiah Wedgwood, one of the richest men in England. However Shrewsbury folklore always hinted at darker origins for Doctor Darwin's riches including money-lending, clandestine trading and sharp practice, but the biggest, most lucrative and illicit venture has remained a secret, until now. In collusion with some of the most powerful men of the era, Darwin and his cohorts exploit the outcome of the Battle of Waterloo with great aplomb allowing them to land a spectacular windfall, all thanks to The Waterloo Pigeon.
About the Author: Scottish born Henri Quinn spent his early life in Birmingham and his entire career has been involved in the catering and licensing trade, and in entertainment. He moved to Shrewsbury as a young man as an entertainment's centre manager and after a spell as licensee of several town centre pubs he bought the Shrewsbury Hotel, near the Welsh Bridge. It was as a hotelier and involvement in the tourist trade, talking to visitors to the hotel, that he developed an interest in Dr Charles Darwin and his family. Mr Quinn has carried out many hours of research into the Darwin’s and their impact on Shrewsbury, and this is ongoing. Henry has in the twenty years concentrated on Dr Darwin, and his business deals ,and the Doctors every day life in and around Shrewsbury.
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