Charles Kingsley was born on July 12, 1819, at Holne Vicarage near Dartmoor and spent his childhood in Devonshire, England. His father, Charles Sr. was the vicar of Holne. In 1832 Charles studied with Derwent Coleridge. In 1837, he went to King’s College and in 1838, Magdalene College, Cambridge. He met Frances Grenwell in 1839. In 1842 he left Cambridge to read his Holy Orders and became the curate of Eversley Church. He married Frances and became rector of Eversley in 1844.