COKER, Edward


Institute of Historical Research



Margaret Pelling, Frances White

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'COKER, Edward', Physicians and Irregular Medical Practitioners in London 1550-1640: Database (2004). URL: Date accessed: 24 October 2014.


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Edward COKER


Primary occupationmedical apothecary (Apothecary)
Period of medical practice1590-1620
AddressSt Caths Place 1600. Black Raven Southwark 1602. St Olafs Street, Long Lane, Southwark 1606.
Other notesAccused 1600-10. See Whittet letter (?confused w Ed. COOKE Master SA?).

Known London address

St Catherine's Place
ParishSt Katherine's Hospital (St Katherine at the Tower)
Sign of the Black Raven, Southwark
WardBridge Without
St Olaf's Street, Long Lane, Southwark
ParishSt Saviour's [incl St Mary Magdalen & St Margaret]
WardBridge Without

Censorial hearings

26 June 1600
EntryC, an apothecary of St Catherine's Place, was accused of practising medicine by Margery Pauy.
Initiator of the complaintperson unconnected with the patient or the case
Action taken?
Verdictcase not completed
Number of crimes1
6 Aug 1602
EntryC, an apothecary of Southwark at the sign of the Black Raven, was accused by Wynefred Whitamour, who had gone to him for advice and had been given a purgative powder.
Initiator of the complaintpatient
Action taken?See next.
Number of crimes1
21 Jan 1603
EntryC denied practice. Henry Stephens from St Olaf's parish stood surety for C.
Attitude of the accuseddenied
Action takenCase was postponed till February. Bond taken ?for £10 (surety).
4 Feb 1603
EntryJoan Clay of Southwark had paid C 2s. for purges and 8d. for medicines for her brother. Also other purges. James Gross had consulted C for syphilis of his sister. C denied all and blamed an old woman now dead.
Initiator of the complaintrelative of the patient
Second initiator of the complaintrelative of the patient
Attitude of the accuseddenied
Action takenConvicted, fined £20 and imprisoned.
SentenceFined £20 and imprisoned
Number of crimes2
5 Sep 1606
EntryC, of St Olaf's Street, Long Lane, Southwark, was accused by George Cary of illicit and fraudulent practice - had failed to cure Cary after long vomits and purges, then 'harshly' demanded his money. Censors wanted to imprison C, but, on his importunities, agreed to pardon him if he paid 40s. at the next Comitia (he had previously entered into a bond of £10 not to practise).
Initiator of the complaintpatient
Attitude of the accusedsubmitted to the College
Action takenFined 40s. ?Bond of £10 not forfeit?
SentenceFined 40s. ?Previous bond of £10 not forfeit?
Number of crimes1
3 July 1607
EntryC was summoned but would not appear.
Action takenFailed to appear.
Verdictcase not completed
12 Jan 1610
EntryFailed to appear.
Attitude of the accusedabsent
Action takenFailed to appear.
9 Feb 1610
EntryFailed to appear.
Attitude of the accusedabsent
Action takenFailed to appear.
9 March 1610
EntryC appeared and was dismissed. See E p. 96.
Action takenDismissed.
Verdictnot proven

CLEN, Mark