OWEN, Edward

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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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'OWEN, Edward', Physicians and Irregular Medical Practitioners in London 1550-1640: Database (2004). URL: http://british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=17684 Date accessed: 02 September 2014.


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Edward OWEN

Biography

NameEdward OWEN
GenderMale
Primary occupationmedical surgeon (Surgeon. Quack. Physician to E of Northumberland 1594+. BSC 1601-5)
Period of medical practice1579-1620
AddressSurrey 1596
Other notesAccused 1589-1610. Frequently fined/imprisoned. In trouble with BSC too 1601-5.

Censorial hearings

5 Dec 1589
EntryO, a surgeon, was summoned.
Attitude of the accusedabsent
Action takenSummoned.
7 Nov 1600
EntryO was warned.
Action takenWarned.
Verdictcase not completed
30 Sep 1601
EntryRobert Sharp, the Queen's servant, charged O, a surgeon of Surrey, and requested letters of testimonial from the College against O. College gave S a letter saying O had often appeared before the College and been found utterly ignorant, he had confessed to practising, been imprisoned and forbidden to practise.
Initiator of the complaintperson unconnected with the patient or the case
Action takenLetter given to Sharp against O.
15 Oct 1601
EntryLetters testimonial against O were read, approved and signed. (The case between Sharp and O was being dealt with by Sir John Popham, Lord Chief Justice in Queen's Bench.)
Action takenLetters testimonial against O signed.
Verdictguilty
SentenceReferred to lawsuit
6 Nov 1601
EntryO appeared and his bond to appear was returned. He confessed receiving £5 from Fox of Pickhatch (paralytic) for ointment and dressings. John Spencer, carpenter and servant to a sergeant, complained that O had sold a potion to Sergeant Bond, Master of Buckhounds, who died 5 days later. Robert Ridson, tailor, charged O with following a fumigation of R's wife with a purge which lamed her. O was also said to have killed Laurence Pope by excessive purging. (Last cases about 4 years earlier.)
Initiator of the complaintfriend/neighbour/acquaintance of the patient
Second initiator of the complaintspouse of the patient
Attitude of the accusedconfessed
Action taken?
Number of crimes4
17 Aug 1602
EntryO was present, having told the President he would appear. Dr Taylior said that O had a gentleman named Tanfield in his care. O's servant was to be arrested and examined.
Initiator of the complaintcollege member
Action takenCollege to arrest and examine O's servant.
Number of crimes1
22 Oct 1602
EntryO appeared and was charged by Dr Lister with undertaking & treating Mr Griffin's son (aged 8) using fumigation - the boy had died within 3 days. O confessed he took a fee of 10s. Lister also said O had given an electuary as a purge to Peter Coales's wife. O could not deny receiving 2s. Dr Fryer and Dr Mountford charged O with giving a purge to Mr Carpe, and O confessed to this also.
Initiator of the complaintcollege member
Second initiator of the complaintcollege member
Third initiator of the complaintcollege member
Attitude of the accusedconfessed
Action takenFined £20 and imprisoned.
Verdictguilty
SentenceFined £20 and imprisoned
Number of crimes3
6 June 1606
EntryO was charged with and convicted of illicit and bad practice. He was fined £10, which he paid at once 'and in addition made satisfaction to the Beadle and Lictor'.
Action takenFined £10. Paid it at once.
Verdictguilty
SentenceFined £10. Paid at once, also Beadle's & Lictor's fees.
22 Dec 1606
EntryDr Rawlins and Dr Poe [sic: Pope presum] accused O of illicit and bad practice. To proceed after Christmas.
Initiator of the complaintcollege member
Second initiator of the complaintcollege member
Action takenDeferred.
3 July 1607
EntryO was summoned but failed to appear. He was accused by Dr Rawlins (617, qv), who was in trouble over the Popham case at the time.
Initiator of the complaintcollege member
Attitude of the accusedabsent
Action takenFailed to appear.
4 Dec 1607
EntryO sent his servant to say that he could not attend as he had more important business.
Action takenFailed to appear.
18 May 1590
EntryO confessed to giving purgative (Dia phoenicon and electuary of Rose syrup) to one Patinson. He was summoned to reappear and name the physician who had advised this.
Action takenTo reappear.
Verdictguilty
SentenceTo reappear and name his physician
Number of crimes1
15 Feb 1608
EntryO was brought from prison by the lictor. He was charged with practice and with refusing to appear, 'but because no one wished to treat him harshly, no more could be exacted from him than the amount he offered of his own accord', i.e. £5 now and £5 at the end of next term, when all his previous sins would be 'overlooked and forgiven'.
Action takenFined £5 now and £5 next term.
Verdictguilty
SentenceFined £10
6 Oct 1609
EntryO was charged in his absence. See E.
Attitude of the accusedabsent
Action takenDeferred.
3 Nov 1609
EntryO excused himself to the President.
Action takenFailed to appear (excused himself to the President).
1 Dec 1609
EntryO failed to appear.
Attitude of the accusedabsent
Action takenFailed to appear.
12 Jan 1610
EntryO failed to appear.
Attitude of the accusedabsent
Action takenFailed to appear.
Verdictcase not completed
17 July 1590
EntryJoan Apseley complained that O had prescribed a diet and given a purgative, but her condition had not improved. O then administered Pulv. Hydrargirus, wch ulcerated her gums. Her neighbour, John Staynes of St John's Street, confirmed this.
Initiator of the complaintpatient
Attitude of the accusedabsent
Action takenO to be summoned.
Number of crimes1
25 Sep 1590
EntryO, quack, who practised at markets, was summoned but did not appear.
Attitude of the accusedabsent
Action takenFailed to appear.
6 Nov 1590
EntryJoan Apsley appeared and testified that she had paid O 40s. O confessed.
Initiator of the complaintpatient
Attitude of the accusedconfessed
Action takenFined 40s.
Verdictguilty
SentenceFined 40s.
Number of crimes1
3 Dec 1596
EntryO, of Surrey, was said to have practised secretly in unknown places. He did not answer the summons.
Attitude of the accusedabsent
Action takenFailed to appear.
3 June 1597
EntryAndrew Mathew testified against O in his absence. M said that a noblewoman named Gray had been given many medicines by O for vomiting and purging. She had married Mr John Tamet.
Attitude of the accusedabsent
Action takenDecided to imprison O when he was found.
Number of crimes1
12 Aug 1597
EntryO, a 'surgeon and a bold practitioner of medicine', was told he could either give a bond of £40 to desist, pay a 40s. fine, or be imprisoned. He was warned of the results of practising. He agreed to 40s.
Action takenFined 40s.
Verdictguilty
SentenceFined 40s.
26 June 1598
EntryO was charged with having given Margaret Bonner a powder in wine for 2 days, for £4 in advance and £8 upon cure. The medicine purged her and ulcerated her throat.
Action taken?
Verdictcase not completed
Number of crimes1


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