POWELL, Richard


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Margaret Pelling, Frances White

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'POWELL, Richard', Physicians and Irregular Medical Practitioners in London 1550-1640: Database (2004). URL: http://british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=17727 Date accessed: 21 November 2014.


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Richard POWELL


NameRichard POWELL
Primary occupationnon-medical (Pannorum infector 1599. Dyer 1610. BSC 1613-39)
Period of medical practice1589-1640
AddressGrub Street 1599
Other notesAccused 1599, 1610, 1611, 1613, 1630. Master of BSC 1636.

Known London address

Grub Street
ParishSt Giles without Cripplegate
WardCripplegate (Within & Without)

Censorial hearings

2 Nov 1599
EntryP, of Grub Street, a 'pannorum infector' (dyer of rags or cloths), appeared. He had given a medicine to the wife of a clergyman of St Swithins - a confection of hamech in a decoction of senna. The senna had been prepared by an apothecary but without his prescription or advice. P had given the same medicine to the woman's husband. It was for a stricture of the bowels.
Action takenFined 40s. and imprisoned.
SentenceFined 40s. and imprisoned
Number of crimes1
9 Feb 1610
EntryP was summoned but failed to appear.
Attitude of the accusedabsent
Action takenFailed to appear.
1 June 1610
EntryP, a dyer, was summoned but failed to appear. See E p. 10b.
Attitude of the accusedabsent
Action takenFailed to appear.
9 Nov 1610
EntryP failed to appear.
Attitude of the accusedabsent
Action takenFailed to appear.
Verdictcase not completed
6 Dec 1611
EntryRichard Powell as he deserved was convicted, fined and imprisoned: namely he was convicted of extreme ignorance in medical practice, was fined £4 and imprisoned until he reformed, at any rate until he promised that he would not practise medicine here in future.
Action takenFined £4 and imprisoned till he should promise to abstain.
SentenceFined £4 and imprisoned till he should promise to abstain
5 March 1613
EntryRichard Powell, a dyer, was convicted but dismissed until the morrow of Palm Sunday. See E.
Action takenDeferred.
7 May 1630
EntryP was accused by Eliz. Sherburne of agreeing to cure a woman with tympanites (dropsy) for £3; the woman died. P said he had been fined 20 years before, and thought that once he had paid he could practise. He confessed to giving hamech and diaphoenicon as a purge.
Action takenFined £5 and told to return S's 8s.
SentenceFined £5 and to return patient's money
Number of crimes1

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