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'FAIRFAX, Paul', Physicians and Irregular Medical Practitioners in London 1550-1640: Database (2004). URL: http://british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=17410 Date accessed: 25 November 2014.


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Primary occupationmedical empiric (Empiric. Seller of Aqua Coelestis. ?Physician (MPD). ?Surgeon)
Period of medical practice1578-1607
Address?Walsingham 1597 (cd be William F)
Other notesAccused 1588. ?Claim to licence upheld 1597 (Redman visitation of Walsingham)?

Censorial hearings

30 Sep 1588
EntryF of London, a travelled man, had given out pamphlets in the market place, advertising his 'Aqua Coelestis'. He confessed that he had practised for 4 months, had cured the son of Mr Treen of Southwark of dropsy, and the daughter of Mr Spagman of a pain in the head, and many others, by this distilled water and other potions and pills.
Attitude of the accusedconfessed
Action takenFined £5. To give bond that he wd desist, or face imprisonment.
SentenceFined £5. Bond for abstention, or prison.
6 Dec 1588
EntryThe letter from Lord Hunsdon written on behalf of PF which he had brought together with his letters testimonial relating to his doctorate taken at Frankfurt were read. The latter letters did not seem to be genuine but open to suspicion and spurious and false: for that reason they were firm and enjoined him to appear at the next appointed Comitia: in the meantime however he was not to practise medicine.
Pressure applied by Collegeyes
Action takenTo reappear and not to practise meanwhile.
23 Dec 1588
EntryThe College's a reply to Lord Hunsdon (the Lord Chamberlain), explaining their dealings with F, was read and approved. The letter was pre-dated 'this laste of January 1588'.
Action takenReply sent to Lord Hunsdon (on 31 Jan 1589).

EYRE, Robert