CLAPHAM, William

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

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Gender Male
Primary occupation medical apothecary (Apothecary. Charter Member of SA and Master 1632)
Period of medical practice 1589-1643
Date of death after 1640
Address ?Fenchurch Street 1613 & 1640. St Dionis B 1600-37
Other notes Accused 1599, ?1613, 1631, 1633. Obviously combative.

Known London address

Fenchurch Street
Ward Langborne
Date 1613
Fenchurch Street
Ward Langborne
Date 1640

Censorial hearings

5 July 1599
Entry C, an apothecary, was accused of practising medicine and of giving purges. 'Sed tamen, id fecisse, ad petionem et Instantiam aegrotis: qui Billam sibi in scriptis ostendebat cuiusdam Doctoris cuius ope, et consilio aliis ante temporibus, usus fuerat.' (But, however, [he said] he had done this at the request and demand of the sick. He showed one of his bills in the writing of some doctor, whose help and advice he had had at other previous times.)
Action taken Ordered to desist.
Verdict guilty
Sentence Ordered to desist
7 Nov 1606
Entry Mr Pattenson testified that C, an apothecary, had given a medicament to a certain Flud living in Gratious Street, on the advice and prescription of a certain LAITON staying in Whitecross Street, having made an agreement for seven pounds of which Laiton had received three pounds in advance.
Initiator of the complaint other medical practitioner
Action taken ?
Verdict case not completed
Number of crimes 1
3 Dec 1613
Entry C, apothecary of Fenchurch Street, was accused of having resource to the medicaments in the book of Mr Cary of Wickham, and of selling them. He admitted only two instances. He had sold a potion for the stone for 5s. He was also accused of selling distilled goat's milk. He was at odds with the apothecary COLWELL 180 (q.v.) over the rights of sale of Cary's medicines.
Attitude of the accused confessed
Action taken Warned to desist and dismissed.
Verdict guilty
Sentence Warned to desist
Number of crimes 2
25 Oct 1619
Entry [Apothbiz.]
14 Oct 1631
Entry William Swens, executor to William Turner, petitioned against the apothecary C for giving medicine to Turner.
Initiator of the complaint person unconnected with the patient or the case
Action taken See next.
Number of crimes 1
17 Oct 1631
Entry C: he had had the bills of Dr Peter Mayden/Madan for what he gave to Turner. Margaret Woodman, nurse: C had examined T's urine, and burnt it; C's bathing of T's leg made it swell & become noisome, & his toes to rot. William Kerbye of Mayden Lane, merchant: T had fallen from vertigo and damaged his hip, and had called in C. Henry Shelborne, scrivener: T had a swimming head after a fall, used C and paid him like a doctor. Mr Slater: T's maid, when T died, blamed C and said C'd had nearly £100.
Initiator of the complaint other medical practitioner
Second initiator of the complaint friend/neighbour/acquaintance of the patient
Third initiator of the complaint friend/neighbour/acquaintance of the patient
Action taken See next.
Number of crimes 1
18 Nov 1631
Entry C was absent. Swens was given a certificate of bad practice.
Attitude of the accused absent
Action taken C declared guilty of bad practice.
Verdict guilty
Sentence Fined (presumably)
Number of crimes 1
22 Dec 1631
Entry Dr Clarke charged C with giving a purge to Mr Hide.
Initiator of the complaint college member
Action taken To be investigated.
Number of crimes 1
1 March 1633
Entry C and his solicitor tried to get the College to 'lessen the mulct'.
Action taken College refused.