CHAMBERLEN, Peter (the Elder)

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

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Peter (the Elder) CHAMBERLEN


Gender Male
Primary occupation medical surgeon (?Physician. Surgeon to Queen Anne (of Denmark?)? BSC 1599-1603)
Period of medical practice 1590-1631
Place of birth France
Date of death 1631
Address Blackfriars 1583. Mark Lane till 1613
Other notes Trouble 1600-1612. Archbishop of Canterbury & EI on his side. London 1572-1631. Brother of 153 and uncle of 154.

Known London address

Parish St Anne Blackfriars
Ward Faringdon Within
Date 1583
Mark Lane
Parish St Olave Hart Street
Ward Tower (Street)
Date 1572-1613

Censorial hearings

2 May 1600
Entry C confessed to practising in morb. gallico, giving diet, purges and 'siccantem'.
Attitude of the accused confessed
Action taken ?
Verdict case not completed
1 Dec 1609
Entry C failed to appear.
Attitude of the accused absent
Action taken ?See next.
m S Thomas 1609
Entry C was fined 40s.
Action taken Fined 40s.
Verdict guilty
Sentence Fined 40s.
12 Jan 1610
Entry C failed to appear.
Attitude of the accused absent
Action taken ?See next.
9 March 1610
Entry C asked to be excused fine.
Action taken Excused 20s. of the 40s. fine
5 Oct 1610
Entry C failed to appear.
Attitude of the accused absent
Action taken ?
13 Nov 1612
Entry C was condemned for giving a medicinal drink to Mrs Miller of the Lord Mayor's household, to dry up a moisture. Contents were aquae 2 oz, salsae 16.ii, aquae liquiritiae 1 oz, sassafras 1 oz, betonic 1 minim. Drink to be taken between meals. It stained cloth yellow.
Action taken C condemned [and, evidently, imprisoned - see next].
Verdict guilty
Sentence Imprisoned
Number of crimes 1
17 Nov 1612
Entry Lord Mayor and Judges supported C and demanded his release. Archbishop of Canterbury had sent letter at the Queen's command [presumably also supporting C].
Pressure applied by College yes
Action taken C kept in prison. Deputation sent to Arch Cant - he was favourable
21 June 1631
Entry Mr. Edwards an apothecary appeared: he denied that he had given anything to drink to Mr. Ward which not was prescribed by Dr. Chamberlen or by Mr. Chamberlen, the surgeon.
Initiator of the complaint other medical practitioner
Attitude of the accused absent
Action taken ?None to C.
Verdict case not completed