John Edmonstone

unknown (?Demerara, British Guiana) – (date and place unknown)

Edmonstone taught the 16-year-old Darwin taxidermy skills. He also told Darwin about his experiences of slavery (he was a freed slave; Darwin was a lifelong opponent of slavery), and about the tropical rain-forest in Guyana. (Note: Darwin never named Edmonstone in writing, but there seems no doubt of the identification.)

John Edmonstone knew…