SMITH, Henry


Institute of Historical Research



Margaret Pelling, Frances White

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'SMITH, Henry', Physicians and Irregular Medical Practitioners in London 1550-1640: Database (2004). URL: Date accessed: 26 November 2014.


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NameHenry SMITH
Primary occupationnon-medical clergyman (Ex-priest by 1621. ???BSC 1567-88???)
Period of medical practice1611-1642
Address???nr Strand 1630. Holborn 1632
Other notesAccused 1621. Fined. ???Accused 1630 1632.

Known London address

near Strand
ParishSt Andrew Holborn
WardFaringdon Without

Censorial hearings

4 May 1621
EntryS was an ex-priest and now unlicensed practitioner. Moundeford was appointed by the President to enquire into S's case. M met Atkins, Giffard, Herring, Fox, Baskerville, and they heard S and witnesses But the President was absent so a decision was deferred.
Initiator of the complaintcollege member
Action takenDeferred.
11 May 1621
EntryS was charged with practice on the wife of William Rolfe. S said he had been summoned on the 8th day and had suspected petechial fever, so had given stomach medicines and a purge. He had seen spots on her skin, but repeated his treatment. She died on the 11th day. Rolfe, Anthony Harris (apothecary), Dr Atkins & Dr Baskerville all knew of the case. Decided S had broken all the rules of medicine. Rolfe, Harris & Atkins saw spots before the 9th day. Baskerville said Mrs R was covered in spots and delirious on the 10th day.
Initiator of the complaintspouse of the patient
Second initiator of the complaintother medical practitioner
Third initiator of the complaintcollege member
Attitude of the accusedconfessed
Action takenFound guilty of breaking all the rules of medicine. (See next.)
Number of crimes1
m S John B 1621
EntryS refused to submit to the College's conclusions. Because he was a priest, Coll. to inform the Archbishop of Canterbury, and then to fine him £10 and imprison him. Argent, Harvey, Fox and Goulston were to visit the Archbishop. S gave a bond for £10. 'Finally Dr Atkins reported from the King that S should be dispatched to this place.'
Attitude of the accuseddefiant
Action takenTo be fined £10 & imprisoned after ArchCant informed. Bond of £10.
SentenceFined £10 and imprisoned. ArchCant informed. Bond of £10 to absta
29 June 1621
EntryArgent brought a letter from the Archbishop of Canterbury saying that, after hearing the opinions of the College and the King, he handed S over to the College with a formal message of obligation.
Action takenS was imprisoned and fined £10. After a time he paid it.

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