WARDE, David


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Margaret Pelling, Frances White

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'WARDE, David', Physicians and Irregular Medical Practitioners in London 1550-1640: Database (2004). URL: http://british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=17907 Date accessed: 24 November 2014.


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NameDavid WARDE (WARD)
Primary occupationmedical empiric (Quack.)
Period of medical practice1567-1616
Date of deathMar 1616
AddressColman Street 1606. East Smithfield 1616 (bur Bot)
Other notesFined 1582. Imprisoned 1586. Summoned 1590. Confessed 1603. Imprisoned 1606.
Medical specialitiesFever, apoplexy, epilepsy, syphilis

Known London address

Coleman Street
ParishSt Stephen Coleman Street
WardColeman Street
East Smithfield, St Botolph Aldgate parish
ParishSt Botolph without Aldgate

Censorial hearings

2 May 1582
Entry'In this Comitia there appeared a quack by name Ward, an ignorant fellow, who was convicted of the illegal practice of medicine: he promised to pay 40s. before next St. John the Baptist's Day and he was therefore permitted to depart.'
Attitude of the accusedsubmitted to the College
Action takenFined 40s., to be paid by next midsummer.
SentenceFined 40s. and promised to pay it by next St. John's Day
17 Sep 1586
EntryW confessed to 16 years' bloodletting, purging and curing fevers. He said he had cured Mr Grymes' daughter, who suffered from apoplexy without convulsions, and many other epileptics (&c.). College found him guilty of illegal practice and extreme shamelessness.
Attitude of the accusedconfessed
Action takenFined £20 and imprisoned.
SentenceFined £20 and imprisoned
3 Nov 1586
EntryW was freed from prison after an action in the court against his imprisonment. It was decided that Dr Gilbert, Dr Hall, Dr Fleetwood, Dr Dalton and Dr Daniel (counsel) should represent the College.
Action takenW apparently won lawsuit against his imprisonment & was freed.
25 Sep 1590
EntryW was summoned but did not appear. It was alleged that he practised at markets.
Attitude of the accusedabsent
Action takenFailed to appear.
Verdictcase not completed
4 Feb 1603
EntryW confessed to practising in and around London for 36 years, especially for syphilis, purges and external liniments. He admitted that he recently gave a vomit to a Kent man, lodging in St Dunstan in the West, who died after 3 days.
Attitude of the accusedconfessed
Action taken?
Verdictcase not completed
Number of crimes1
4 April 1606
EntryW, of Colman Street, often admonished before, was imprisoned for 'deliberately resisting the authority of the College'.
Attitude of the accuseddefiant
Action takenImprisoned.

WARD, Edward
WARDE, Thomas