EDWARDS, Richard

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

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Name Richard EDWARDS
Gender Male
Primary occupation medical apothecary (Apothecary's servant 1601. Apothecary 1609. Master SA 1632-4.)
Period of medical practice 1601-1655
Date of death 1655
Address Bucklersbury 1640. Cheapside 1655.
Other notes Trouble 1601-31 - usually no proof. SA Charter 1614 1617. Cf. Thomas WILLOUGHBY 809.

Known London address

Date 1655
Parish St Benet Sherehog (St Sithe; St Benet & St Sithe)
Ward Cheap
Date 1640

Censorial hearings

6 May 1601
Entry E, servant of the late John Noble, apothecary, confessed to administering clysters and other medicines 'not of his own devising but from old bills or recipes of other physicians preserved in the shop'. He also confessed to having given many medicines to a woman for scurvy &c.
Attitude of the accused confessed
Action taken Fined £5 and imprisoned.
Verdict guilty
Sentence Fined £5 and imprisoned
Number of crimes 2
21 June 1631
Entry E appeared and denied giving Mr (?sic) Ward anything not prescribed by Dr Chamberlain or Mr Chamberlain, surgeon. There was no proof against him.
Action taken ?None, no proof.
Verdict not proven
Number of crimes 1
4 July 1634
Entry [Apothbiz.] Apossecary.
9 July 1634
Entry [Apothbiz.] Apossecary 2.
25 June 1635
Entry [Apothbiz.] In list of boycotted apothecaries.
Action taken Discommuned (boycotted).
11 Aug 1609
Entry E, an apothecary, was convicted and fined 40s.
Action taken Convicted and fined 40s.
Verdict guilty
Sentence Fined 40s.
6 Oct 1609
Entry E asked for half his fine to be remitted.
Action taken ?
12 April 1611
Entry Richard Edwards, an apothecary, appeared on a charge: he was sent away however pending the presence of the man to prove the case.
Action taken Deferred.
3 May 1611
Entry Dr Lister charged E with prescribing a dietetic potion (vomit & purge) to a brass worker. However, the brass worker was called and said that Thomas WILLOUGHBY 809 (qv) had prescribed it. E exonerated.
Initiator of the complaint college member
Action taken Exonerated, but see next.
Number of crimes 1
7 June 1611
Entry Richard Edwards brought Dr. Lister's prescription and the sick brass worker who confessed that a short time previously he had taken a dietetic potion prescribed by Thomas Willoughby a linen draper and prepared by William Webb, a grocer: due to this he vomited and was purged. Thus Edwards was hereby absolved.
Initiator of the complaint patient
Action taken E was absolved.
Verdict innocent
4 April 1617
Entry E, 'apothecarie', was charged by Dr Goulston with treating Mr Dowgill. He said that he had only given what was prescribed by Dr Clement.
Initiator of the complaint college member
Action taken Warned.
Verdict not proven
Number of crimes 1
2 March 1627
Entry E was accused, but Dr Saunders (?his accuser) was not present, so the matter was deferred.
Initiator of the complaint college member
Action taken Deferred.
Verdict case not completed
28 Jan 1631
Entry Dr Saunders said that E had given Mrs Ward of St Helens a violent course of medicine, and that she later died. Dr Rand confirmed this. Dr Saunders also reported [that E had given] medicines to a scorbutic penitentiary and to a boy with hectic fever.
Initiator of the complaint college member
Second initiator of the complaint college member
Action taken See next.
Number of crimes 3