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'SOUTHERTON, John', Physicians and Irregular Medical Practitioners in London 1550-1640: Database (2004). URL: Date accessed: 22 November 2014.


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Primary occupationmedical apothecary (Apothecary. Warden SA. Master 1646. ??BSC 1638??)
Period of medical practice1620-1650
Date of death1650
Addressby Cripplegate 1640
Other notesAccused 1630 (4 charges). To be sued for fine 1631. Accused again 1632.

Known London address

by Cripplegate
WardCripplegate (Within & Without)

Censorial hearings

4 June 1630
EntryS, apothecary, was charged with practice on Thomas Benskin, but he produced prescriptions from Dr Bredwell and Dr Smith.
Attitude of the accuseddenied
Action takenDismissed.
Number of crimes1
13 April 1632
EntrySHEPHEARD (668, qv) complained of the bill which S had given to Sir Edmond Sckorye. (He presented the said bill.)
Initiator of the complaintother medical practitioner
Action taken?
Verdictcase not completed
2 May 1634
EntryRobert Elderton, accused of practice on Francis Bromlye, 'sayeth that hee did it by Dr. John Turners consent and direction and sayeth that Mr. Sotherton hath the bill ... Hee also gave phisicke to Elizabeth Tindall, namelye pills of Cochie as hee thincks by Dr. Turners direction and that Mr. Sotherton hath the bill'.
Initiator of the complaintother medical practitioner
Action taken?None.
Verdictcase not completed
5 Nov 1630
EntryFisher, surgeon, showed a written complaint against S. Fuller charged S with cutting a vein and administering a clyster. John Mony said that S had given him a purge.
Initiator of the complaintother medical practitioner
Second initiator of the complaintpatient
Third initiator of the complaintpatient
Action takenSee next.
Number of crimes3
12 Nov 1630
EntryS denied all practice.
Attitude of the accuseddenied
Action takenFuller and Mony (accusers) to reappear.
Number of crimes2
19 Nov 1630
EntryS brought Dr Thomand, who admitted prescribing for Fuller.
Action takenS to reappear with Mony (accuser).
Number of crimes1
26 Nov 1630
EntryS was charged with boasting of his medical skill to Mr Lee, a wine seller of Cripplegate, and of giving a purge to Mony.
Action takenTo reappear with Dr Ridgeley, Dr Thomand and Mr Greene.
Verdictcase not completed
Number of crimes2
3 Dec 1630
EntryWilliam Tole accused S.
Initiator of the complaintperson unconnected with the patient or the case
Action taken? (See next?)
7 Jan 1631
EntryRichard Freake, ex-servant of S, said that he knew nothing of the medicine given to Mony, but that he had made many medicines for S under verbal directions. He said that S gave medicine to Benskin in Mughill (?) Street.
Action taken?
11 Feb 1631
EntryS was questioned about his fine and said that he could not pay.
Action taken?Fined (or had been fined last time).
SentenceFined (said he could not pay; to be sued at law)
3 June 1631
EntryS appeared. To be sued in the Court of Exchequer.
Action takenTo be sued at law.

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