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

This free content was born digital. All rights reserved.


Table of contents



Name Alice LEEVERS
Gender Female
Marital status Married 1587 (?old wife 1587)
Primary occupation medical physician (Practitioner of physic)
Period of medical practice 1577-1597
Other notes Old woman supported by Lord Hunsdon 1587. Often in trouble before. Not approved but not punished either.

Censorial hearings

15 April 1586
Entry L, an 'unskilled woman, and a demented old wife', had long practised medicine. A letter was written on her behalf by Lord Hunsdon, asking that she be officially licensed. College replied to H, 6 April 1586 (v Goodall pp. 40-1), saying she was 'a woman, utterly ignorant in that profession', had made 'errours, harmes and offences' in the past & had often promised not to practise and broken her word. L 'dailie doth meddle to the great daunger of her Majesties good subjects'; but leniency would be shown in deference to Lord Hunsdon.
Attitude of the accused asked for College membership
Pressure applied by College yes
Action taken To be allowed to do non-dangerous surgery & give external med's.
Verdict guilty
Sentence To be connived at, out of respect to Lord Hunsdon