LAMBE, John

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Institute of Historical Research

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Margaret Pelling, Frances White

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2004

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'LAMBE, John', Physicians and Irregular Medical Practitioners in London 1550-1640: Database (2004). URL: http://british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=17606 Date accessed: 23 October 2014.


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John LAMBE

Biography

NameJohn LAMBE
GenderMale
Primary occupationmedical empiric (Empiric. Magician &c. Astrologer.)
Period of medical practice1609-1628
Date of birth?1545
Date of deathJune 1628
AddressLondon 1608-28 & Worcester before/during.
Other notesAccused of practice & of magic 1619. Examined 1627. V Clark i 259 & Goldstein article. Protégé of & alleged procurer for Buckingham, murdered by London crowd in June 1628 - see ballad.

Censorial hearings

7 May 1619
EntryMatthias Evans of the Minories testified that L, a quack and a magician, called 'all ye Collegiates asses and dunces', and asked £40-£50 for cures. He promised Evans half the profits, but did not give them. Evans gave a list of 17 cases, including fortune telling and illusions [details given]. L was called 'a notable Mountebank and Imposter'.
Initiator of the complaintfriend/neighbour/acquaintance of the patient
Action taken?
Verdictcase not completed
18 Dec 1627
EntryBishop Durham sent a letter on L's behalf; the College was unimpressed because L was notorious 'due to his knowledge of magic, astrology and of other mystic sciences'. For this reason he was generously supported by women of rank. L had fooled Bishop Durham to get himself out of prison. He was examined and found entirely ignorant, and this was reported to the Bishop. L said he had done nothing to encourage his following, but only sold 'fooleries' for monetary gain.
Attitude of the accuseddenied
Pressure applied by Collegeyes
Action taken?
Verdictcase not completed


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