DESPOTINE, Jasper or Gaspar

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

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Jasper or Gaspar DESPOTINE


Name Jasper or Gaspar DESPOTINE (DESPOTIN)
Gender Male
Primary occupation medical physician (Practitioner of physic)
Period of medical practice 1618-1650
Place of birth Italian, born Venice
Date of death 1650
Address Bury St Edmunds c.1640
Other notes Unlicensed, but summoned in error 1632. Warned. Raach p.205 (Letters of Denization XVIII.24; Bodley, Tanner MSS).

Censorial hearings

2 Nov 1631
Entry D in list of 'practitioners without licence to bee convented'.
Attitude of the accused absent
Action taken To be summoned.
2 Dec 1631
Entry Dr Gaspar Despotine a Venetian appeared: when questioned regarding evidence of his doctorate he promised that he would show it when he came here next time. He was examined and well satisfied everyone.
Action taken Examined and approved for the first time (?)
17 Feb 1632
Entry D, an Italian, was in the list of unlicensed foreign practitioners.
Initiator of the complaint college member
Action taken ?
13 April 1632
Entry Dr. Anthonye was accused of practice on Lady Walsingham. After he had given her two laudanum pills, 'hee mett with Dr. Moore and Dr. Despotine, by whose appointment Mr. Yardlye made her Almond Milke ...'
Initiator of the complaint other medical practitioner
Action taken See next.
8 June 1632
Entry 'Dr. Despotine appeared having been summoned by the Beadle in error' in the case of Lady Walsingham (see John ANTHONY 20, 13 April 1632). He denied prescribing an emulsion of almonds for her, but agreed that he had been called after Dr. Anthony and Dr. Moore, and admitted that he had prescribed castor. He was asked to act with caution in medical affairs: and was sent away.
Initiator of the complaint other medical practitioner
Action taken Warned.
Verdict not proven
Number of crimes 1