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


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NameJohn SMITH
Primary occupationmedical apothecary (Apothecary. Grocer.)
Period of medical practice1591-1620
AddressNewgate Market 1607
Other notesAccused 1601-10. See Whittet letter.

Known London address

Newgate Market
ParishChrist Church Newgate Street [incl St Audoen 1547; St Nicholas in the Shambles, 1547; part of St Sepulchre's, 1567]
WardFaringdon Within

Censorial hearings

15 Oct 1601
EntryS, apothecary, confessed that he had given restrictive tablets and stomach pills to 'Mr Spilman, a gentleman from a Lincolnshire inn'.
Attitude of the accusedconfessed
Action takenAdmonished and told not to repeat it. Dismissed.
SentenceAdmonished and dismissed
Number of crimes1
16 July 1634
Entry'Mr. Smith Apothecary came to excuse the offence done to Mr. President and is sorrye that hee should give anye such offence and craveth the fauour of the President and of the Colledge. His suspension is remitted, and hee is entertayned agayne into the fauour of the Colledge.'
Action takenReadmitted into the favour of the College.
SentenceReadmitted into favour
9 Jan 1607
EntryS was accused by Dr Poe and Dr Compton of selling medicines without a prescription, or on prescription to other apothecaries. S said that the charge proceeded from C's hatred of him, and said that C himself should be condemned.
Initiator of the complaintcollege member
Second initiator of the complaintother medical practitioner
Action takenNo decision reached. S ordered to take care with his prescriptions
Verdictnot proven
4 Sep 1607
EntryJohn Wilbrow accused S, an apothecary of Newgate Market, of intercepting a prescription sent by Poe to Compton, 'falsely claiming the name of Compton'. S appeared and defended his servant DICKMAN (225, qv) from another charge, using 'ridiculous' excuses.
Initiator of the complaintperson unconnected with the patient or the case
Attitude of the accusedmade an excuse
Action takenTo reappear with DICKMAN at next meeting.
9 Oct 1607
EntryS and DICKMAN appeared. S claimed that they sold only 'conserve of roses and wild plums'. The Lord Mayor had received the conserve and a red powder by John Ely. S and D were ordered to bring the conserves to the next meeting. Not punished [yet].
Attitude of the accuseddenied
Action takenTo reappear with their `conserves'.
Verdictcase not completed
4 May 1610
EntryS was charged by Goulson as being responsible for DICKMAN. He failed to appear.
Initiator of the complaintcollege member
Attitude of the accusedabsent
Action takenFailed to appear.
1 June 1610
EntryS was the master of Henry Dickman qv; the case brought against Dickman by the informer Gulson was heard by the College in Smith's presence, but no conclusion was reached.
Action taken?None
Verdictnot proven
20 Nov 1612
EntryDr Clement said that DICKMAN had prescribed a purge. S appeared and said that it was tabulas stibiatas, which he sold as did all apothecaries. He also provided it for Mr Noble, a country practitioner.
Initiator of the complaintcollege member
Action taken?
Verdictcase not completed
Number of crimes1
25 Oct 1619
25 June 1634
Entry[Apothbiz.] Just bolshy and rather gloriously rude to the President.
Action takenExcommuned.