SCARLET, Thomasina


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Margaret Pelling, Frances White

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'SCARLET, Thomasina', Physicians and Irregular Medical Practitioners in London 1550-1640: Database (2004). URL: Date accessed: 27 November 2014.


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Thomasina SCARLET


NameThomasina SCARLET
Marital statusMarried 1588 (Wife 1588)
Period of medical practice1578-1610
Date of deathafter 1610
Other notesIn trouble 1588-1610. Frequently imprisoned & fined. Very old in 1610.

Censorial hearings

6 Dec 1588
EntryS appeared and confessed to having given purgatives to Duck and Hodskins. She admitted that she often gave emetics and had given medical advice to 100 other people. She was asked to give a bond against future practice. She agreed and went away. (Her husband informed on the wife of SHARDE - 663, qv.)
Action takenBond taken against future practice. Dismissed.
SentenceBond to abstain
Number of crimes2
6 Feb 1595
EntryS, previously imprisoned, had obtained a letter from various people of rank, addressed to the President, requesting her release.
Pressure applied by Collegeyes
Action takenS to be kept in prison for the time being. (See next.)
12 Feb 1595
EntryS appeared and confessed that she had given a purge and ointment to Mr Neeme. She admitted that she could not read and had no knowledge of the theory or practice of medicine. But she utterly refused to abstain from practice, or to give any bond.
Action takenSent back to prison.
SentenceImprisoned till she should promise and/or give bond to abstain
Number of crimes1
4 Aug 1598
EntryS was accused by Caldwell, an official of the Bridewell, and by Mrs Heyborne, whose husband she had treated for ulcerated knee with an ointment made of mercury. She confessed to having given antimony in white wine. H became paralysed. She also admitted treating a man in Thyckin's house in Redcross Street, and to having frequently given stibium, even to children.
Initiator of the complaintperson unconnected with the patient or the case
Second initiator of the complaintspouse of the patient
Attitude of the accusedconfessed
Action takenTo be imprisoned and fined £10.
SentenceImprisoned and fined £10
Number of crimes2
6 June 1603
EntryS confessed that she had treated Lee, the servant of Mr Price of Grace Street, Southwark, in September 1602.
Attitude of the accusedconfessed
Action takenFined £5 and imprisoned.
SentenceFined £5 and imprisoned
Number of crimes1
7 Sep 1610
EntryS, now 'extremely old', promised to abstain from practice and was dismissed.
Attitude of the accusedsubmitted to the College
Action takenDismissed on promise to abstain.
SentenceDismissed on promise to abstain
11 Jan 1611
EntryThey appeared having been summoned: ... Thomasina Scarlet ... concerning whom see Book of Examinations for this day.
Action taken? See E
Sentence? See E