SAVERY, Abraham

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

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Abraham SAVERY


Gender Male
Primary occupation medical empiric (Empiric. Actor. Sorcerer. Astrologer.)
Period of medical practice 1608-1633
Other notes Accused 1618 (see QUINCE), 1620, 1623. See Southwark ChCt Records & Ben Jonson(?). ?Cf Abraham Severine Innes-Smith 208? Papist?
Medical specialities Epilepsy

Known London address

St Botolph Bishopsgate (?)
Parish St Botolph without Bishopsgate
Ward Bishopsgate (Within & Without)
Date 1618
Ward Bridge Without
Date 1623

Censorial hearings

9 Jan 1618
Entry S was implicated by QUINCE (609, qv). Q was accused of practice on Mr Harper (now dead) for a fistula in his back. He said that he had had S's advice.
Action taken Q to reappear. S??
Number of crimes 1
21 April 1618
Entry QUINCE, again accused of practice, said that all had been done under S's direction.
Action taken S and Q to reappear.
Verdict case not completed
Number of crimes 1
27 June 1620
Entry Clement complained about S, and so did Pattison. Crooke brought S's prescription to Mr WETLEY, apothecary (799, qv).
Initiator of the complaint college member
Second initiator of the complaint college member
Third initiator of the complaint college member
Attitude of the accused absent
Action taken S to be summoned.
Verdict case not completed
4 Oct 1622
Entry It was decided that these quacks should be summoned for ill practice: Dr. Tenant, Shepard, Savery and Mrs. Reeves ...
Attitude of the accused absent
Action taken To be summoned.
29 Nov 1622
Entry 'Mr. Whetlye apothecarye, accused as a mainteyner of irregular practises in physique, as namely of Saverye, from whom to him are shewne some bills in character ... He denyes yt he hath donne ought for him within yis yeare ...'
Action taken W to reappear with his man HIDE. S??
19 Dec 1622
Entry John HIDE was interrogated about bills for medicines for Savery. 'He sayeth one Mr. Wilkinson by the stocks vseth to make Savery his medicynes'.
Action taken ?
Verdict case not completed
m Palm Sun 1623
Entry SAUNDERS (648, qv) accused S. 'But of all the Empericks about this Citie it is not Credible the practise that Sauery hath.'
Initiator of the complaint college member
Action taken ?
Verdict case not completed
26-30 June 1624
Entry Mrs Ann Fathers, in trouble for treating Lady Harrington for consumption and fever, mentioned that many doctors, 'specially Saverye', had previously treated Lady H.
Action taken ?
Verdict case not completed
7 Jan 1625
Entry The King had told the President that S had treated an epileptic. Four Fellows (Moundeford, Fox, Meverall, Wright) accused S. The President asked them to bring him the charges in writing the next day, and he would tell the King. 'Mr. President and Dr. Harvey relate from ye Kings Maiestie, yt Savery tolde him, yt he was no physician but for ye epilepsie onley: and if he deale in others, the Kinge would have him supprest.'
Attitude of the accused denied
Action taken Evidence against S to be taken to the Pres, who wd tell the King.
Verdict case not completed