BESSE, William


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Margaret Pelling, Frances White

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'BESSE, William', Physicians and Irregular Medical Practitioners in London 1550-1640: Database (2004). URL: Date accessed: 27 November 2014.


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William BESSE


NameWilliam BESSE (BEST)
Primary occupationmedical apothecary (Apothecary)
Period of medical practice1590-1634
Date of deathc.1634
Address[Poultry 1640 cannot be him! There is another in the SA.]
Other notesLuke affair 1600. Charter member SA 1614 1617. Treacle man.

Censorial hearings

2 May 1600
EntryApothecary. Accused of dispensing 'nuper Mag. Luke propinatu' (=as/to a drinking companion of the late Mr. Luke?).
Action taken?
26 June 1600
EntryAccused by JENKINSON 436, who was himself accused.
Initiator of the complaintpatient
Action taken?None (nothing proved).
Number of crimes1
5 July 1600
EntryB was accused of implication in the death of LUKE, who had died in his house. PIERS had prescribed a vomitory potion of 4 grains of antimony, and B had prepared it. He denied administering it, however.
Action takenB was fined 40s. for unlawful practice.
SentenceFined 40s. for unlawful practice
Number of crimes1

BERRY, Richard
BETON, David