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Darwin spent his childhood playing at The Mount

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Darwin spent his childhood playing at The Mount, the Darwin home and estate in  Shrewsbury. He was schooled at home by his sister Caroline until he was eight years  old and Susannah died. He then spent a year at a day school and transferred to a  boarding school, the Shrewsbury School, only a mile away from The Mount. There he  studied, getting acceptable but unremarkable grades, until age sixteen, when his father  sent him to the University of Edinburgh to study medicine. Darwin focused on collecting,  hunting, and naturalizing instead of medicine. It was there that he first learned to study  and collect beetles. The marine biologist Robert Grant took him under his wing. After  two years, it was obvious that Darwin would not become a doctor, so with the help of his 
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