KERTON, Leonard


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Margaret Pelling, Frances White

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


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Leonard KERTON


Primary occupationmedical surgeon (Surgeon)
Period of medical practice1619-1644
Place of birthEngland (from Bristol (1629))
Other notesTrouble 1629-34. ?Relation of John K, Oxon cards? Ancestor of Nicholas K (apothecary)?

Censorial hearings

25 June 1629
EntryK, surgeon, was accused by Richard Ady, fishmonger, of giving him medicine for the King's evil when he didn't have the disease. K charged 30s. and £4 on completion.
Action takenTo reappear with accuser.
Number of crimes1
3 July 1629
EntryAdy appeared with his wife and servant but K was absent.
Attitude of the accusedabsent
Action takenFailed to appear. (See next.)
Number of crimes1
4 Dec 1629
EntryK, surgeon of Bristol, appeared and was charged by Mrs Ady and her servant Helena Layfall of giving L 4 mercury pills and claiming falsely that she had the French pox. K confessed to giving pills of cinnobar precipitate and beaver's stones for ulcers. This had been free, as the patient was poor, but he'd demanded 40s. from Mrs A when he found they were related. Found not to have prepared L before giving the pill.
Initiator of the complaintfriend/neighbour/acquaintance of the patient
Second initiator of the complaintpatient
Attitude of the accusedconfessed
Action takenCondemned as unlearned (*) and fined 40s. (K paid the fine.)
SentenceFined 40s. and paid it
Number of crimes1
4 June 1630
EntryK was charged in his absence.
Action takenCharged.
Verdictcase not completed
2 Nov 1633
EntryK was to be cited.
Attitude of the accusedabsent
Action takenTo be cited.
Verdictcase not completed
m Palm Sun 1634
EntryDr Gifford, Dr Fludd & Dr Crooke accused K.
Attitude of the accusedabsent
Action taken[To appear - see next.]
17 Nov 1634
EntryK was charged with giving Mr Roberts of Fleet Conduit pills which vomited and purged him to death.
Action taken?
Number of crimes1
22 Dec 1634
EntryMr. Shepheard appeared, accused of giving physic to Mr. Berisford. 'hee confesseth hee gave some thinges but sawe him not for a weeke; one a Saturdaye comming to him hee found Kirton ther, whoe gave him purges and a pill in a boxe, Mr. Berisford dyed not sleeping.'
Initiator of the complaintother medical practitioner
Action taken?None to K.
Verdictcase not completed

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