Bram Stoker's birthplace is on Marino Crescent in Dublin, Ireland. It was here, in the neighborhood of Clontarf, the future Dracula author was born on November 8, 1847. He was the third of seven children born to Abraham Stoker, a civil engineer who worked at nearby Dublin Castle, and Charlotte Thornley. Stoker was baptized at the local Protestant Church of St. John The Baptist. At an early age Stoker was afflicted with an unknown condition and remained unable to walk for the first seven years of his life. Much of his time here was spent in bed under a doctor's care. In 1849 the family moved to Killester, to the second of several homes he would occupy in his youth.