BONHAM, Thomas

Physicians and Irregular Medical Practitioners in London 1550-1640 Database. Originally published by Centre for Metropolitan History, London, 2004.

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Name Thomas BONHAM
Gender Male
Primary occupation medical physician (MD) (Physician. Free of BSC 1597. Author (med). Grays Inn 1614(?))
Period of medical practice 1596-1610
Date of death c.1610/ c.1627
Address House in precincts of Bart's Hosp c 1610
Other notes Ca 1581 BA 1585 MA 1588 MD ?? incorp Ox 1611. Trouble 1606. Defeated the RCP at law 1610. V. Clowes, "Struma", 1602. There is confusion over his death - some evidence that he was alive after 1

Known London address

House in precincts of Barts Hospital
Parish St Bartholomew the Less (the Hospital)
Ward Faringdon Without
Date c 1610

Censorial hearings

25 March 1605
Entry [Collbiz.]
1 July 1608
Entry B was charged with involvement in the case of Mrs PAINE 557, who had claimed that she did nothing without B's instructions (as testified by Mrs Crowder, a frequent complainant against Mrs PAINE). B denied that he had any business agreement with Mrs PAINE and condemned 'the whole practice' [of what??].
Initiator of the complaint other medical practitioner
Attitude of the accused denied
Action taken ?
Verdict case not completed
3 Feb 1609
Entry B's case was discussed.
Attitude of the accused absent
Action taken ?Presumably B was arrested & imprisoned between Feb & Oct. See next
Verdict guilty
Sentence [To be prosecuted at law]
6 Oct 1609
Entry Letter from Archbishop of Canterbury was read. It described B as learned in Latin & Greek & as having a good degree from Cambridge. B had been in prison for some months. The Archbishop would 'move the Lords' on B's behalf unless he were released. A deputation had been sent to the Archbp with an account of B's sins. The Archbp had agreed that B should submit to the College and should not persist with his lawsuits against it.
Attitude of the accused absent
Pressure applied by College yes
Action taken B (presumably) released, but carried on with lawsuit. See next.
1 March 1610
Entry College had lost the lawsuit against B. Drs Ridley, Lister & Argent were to salvage what they could, and College would hope 'that God acts lest medicine perishes and quacks triumph'.
Action taken ?Damage limitation after the College lost the lawsuit.
8 July 1614
Entry George Perin, a surgeon, was accused of practising: he threw the blame on Doctor Bonham having shown his chirograph: for that reason therefore he was warned and sent away.
Action taken Warned and dismissed.
Verdict case not completed
6 Dec 1605
Entry [Collbiz.]
14 April 1606
Entry B was again examined but his replies were not pertinent.
Attitude of the accused asked for College membership
Action taken Fined £5 under pain of prison & warned to abstain.
Verdict guilty
Sentence Fined £5 under pain of prison & warned to abstain
3 Oct 1606
Entry B had been summoned, but would not answer.
Attitude of the accused absent
Action taken Decided to arrest B.
7 Nov 1606
Entry B had often been examined & found unworthy, & forbidden to practise under £5 fine, then £10 fine. He was now summoned. He first put his hat on, then declared that he would practise despite the College, on the authority of the University, and spoke 'with insolence and scorn'. He had brought a lawyer with him, Dr Smith, who argued the meaning of the College's statutes.
Initiator of the complaint college member
Attitude of the accused defiant
Action taken Sent to prison. (Previous fines mentioned.)
Verdict guilty
Sentence Imprisoned ?until paid previous fine(s)
13 Nov 1606
Entry The case of the College against Dr. Bonham was heard before the judges of the Court of Common Pleas by whose authority he was freed from prison.
Action taken B was freed by the Court of Common Pleas. Prosecuted at law there.
5 June 1607
Entry All were asked to remember when B had practised. Dr Clements declared that it was at the same time as himself.
Attitude of the accused absent
Action taken ?Evidence collected.
3 July 1607
Entry B was accused by Dr Pope.
Initiator of the complaint college member
Attitude of the accused absent
Action taken ?Evidence collected.
Number of crimes 1
5 Feb 1608
Entry Dr Bonham had been summoned for the first time, but did not appear.
Attitude of the accused absent
Action taken ?