Raleigh House
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N 50° 45.063 W 003° 10.010
30U E 488230 N 5622154
Raleigh House home of Edward Davy.
Waymark Code: WM353P
Location: United Kingdom
Date Posted: 02/11/2008
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member 50sumtin
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DAVY, EDWARD (1806-1885), medical practitioner, was born on 16 June 1806 at Ottery St Mary, Devonshire, England. He was the son of Thomas Davy, who had a medical practice at Ottery and was a surgeon at Guy's Hospital, London. Edward Davy was educated at a school in Tower Street, London.
Davy married three times. His first wife Mary Minshull, was English and they had one son, George Boutflower Davy. His second wife was Rebecca Soper, by whom he had a large family before she died at Malmsbury in 1877. He then marred Arabella Cecil who survived him.

His early interest appears to have been more in fundamental sciences, particularly chemistry and electricity, than in the practice of medicine.

In 1835-38 Davy experimented extensively with the electric telegraph. He demonstrated the operation of the telegraph over a mile of wire laid in Regents Park, and exhibited a working model giving telegraphic communication between two rooms in Exeter Hall, London. He certainly invented the electric relay; in his experiments it consisted of a magnetic needle which dipped into a mercury contact when an electric current passed through the surrounding coil.

In 1838 Davy migrated to South Australia unaccompanied by his first wife and son.

Blue Plaque managing agency: Heritage Society

Individual Recognized: DAVY, EDWARD (1806-1885)

Physical Address:
Mill Street
Ottery St Mary, Devon UK

Web Address: Not listed

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