BROWNE, Martin


Institute of Historical Research



Margaret Pelling, Frances White

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'BROWNE, Martin', Physicians and Irregular Medical Practitioners in London 1550-1640: Database (2004). URL: Date accessed: 24 November 2014.


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Primary occupationmedical surgeon (Surgeon. BSC 1615-40. Alderman 1652-3.)
Period of medical practice1606-1655
Date of death16 Apr 1655
Other notesSee Bloom & James? In trouble 1616-27.

Censorial hearings

24 Jan 1617
EntryB, a surgeon, appeared and was charged by Dr Goulston with giving the late Thomas Worth plasters and enemas. Dr DIODATI 227 denied that they were his prescriptions. Drs Clement & G had been called when Worth was near death. B had diagnosed a windy hernia & had given plaster de baccis lauri to the navel, & 2 clysters ('e maluae cimini rutae Mj sacchari rubi olei anethini et rubacci ?jR'. G said B acted as an apothecary and was a charlatan. G added a second charge: an apprentice of the White Horse, St Pauls, had died of B in 2 days.
Initiator of the complaintcollege member
Action takenB was asked to reappear.
Number of crimes2
7 Feb 1617
EntryB was questioned about Worth's disease. He was accused of still selling medicines at his house, and of having killed Eliz. Grove. He was given the choice of a £5 fine and prison, or giving the College a bond for £50 that he would abstain in future.
Action takenB gave bond for £50 against his future abstention from practice.
SentenceB gave bond to abstain for £50
Number of crimes2
m Palm Sun 1625
EntryThe President complained that B had boasted to him about his (B's) ill practice.
Initiator of the complaintcollege member
Action taken?None.
Verdictcase not completed
4 Nov 1626
EntryThere was considerable discussion but no action taken regarding Martin Browne and William Blanke surgeons. No-one appeared.
Attitude of the accusedabsent
Action takenNone.
10 Nov 1626
Entry'Dr Grent accused Mr. Browne ye surgeon to have given a vomiting Physick vnto Mr. More the last sumer. B would not affirme, whether he or Dr. Deodat [227] appoynted the bolus: neither did Dr. Deodat say he remembered the said bolus.'
Initiator of the complaintcollege member
Action taken?None.
Verdictnot proven
Number of crimes1
1 Feb 1628
EntryDr FLUDD accused B of practice. Amidst much mutual recrimination, F said that B had initially been trained by a barber. B said he had been a doctor's servant, and had later learned surgery under Peter Chamberlen. Dr Clement confirmed that he had prescribed B's medicines. But B admitted that he had made up his medicines without using an apothecary, and asked the College to condone his crime.
Initiator of the complaintcollege member
Action taken?
Verdictcase not completed

BROWNE, Lancelot