DESPOTINE, Jasper or Gaspar


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Margaret Pelling, Frances White

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


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Jasper or Gaspar DESPOTINE


NameJasper or Gaspar DESPOTINE (DESPOTIN)
Primary occupationmedical physician (Practitioner of physic)
Period of medical practice1618-1650
Place of birthItalian, born Venice
Date of death1650
AddressBury St Edmunds c.1640
Other notesUnlicensed, but summoned in error 1632. Warned. Raach p.205 (Letters of Denization XVIII.24; Bodley, Tanner MSS).

Censorial hearings

2 Nov 1631
EntryD in list of 'practitioners without licence to bee convented'.
Attitude of the accusedabsent
Action takenTo be summoned.
2 Dec 1631
EntryDr Gaspar Despotine a Venetian appeared: when questioned regarding evidence of his doctorate he promised that he would show it when he came here next time. He was examined and well satisfied everyone.
Action takenExamined and approved for the first time (?)
17 Feb 1632
EntryD, an Italian, was in the list of unlicensed foreign practitioners.
Initiator of the complaintcollege member
Action taken?
13 April 1632
EntryDr. Anthonye was accused of practice on Lady Walsingham. After he had given her two laudanum pills, 'hee mett with Dr. Moore and Dr. Despotine, by whose appointment Mr. Yardlye made her Almond Milke ...'
Initiator of the complaintother medical practitioner
Action takenSee next.
8 June 1632
Entry'Dr. Despotine appeared having been summoned by the Beadle in error' in the case of Lady Walsingham (see John ANTHONY 20, 13 April 1632). He denied prescribing an emulsion of almonds for her, but agreed that he had been called after Dr. Anthony and Dr. Moore, and admitted that he had prescribed castor. He was asked to act with caution in medical affairs: and was sent away.
Initiator of the complaintother medical practitioner
Action takenWarned.
Verdictnot proven
Number of crimes1

DESILAR, Matthew
DEW, Richard