CLAPHAM, William


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Margaret Pelling, Frances White

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'CLAPHAM, William', Physicians and Irregular Medical Practitioners in London 1550-1640: Database (2004). URL: Date accessed: 26 November 2014.


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Primary occupationmedical apothecary (Apothecary. Charter Member of SA and Master 1632)
Period of medical practice1589-1643
Date of deathafter 1640
Address?Fenchurch Street 1613 & 1640. St Dionis B 1600-37
Other notesAccused 1599, ?1613, 1631, 1633. Obviously combative.

Known London address

Fenchurch Street
Fenchurch Street

Censorial hearings

5 July 1599
EntryC, 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 takenOrdered to desist.
SentenceOrdered to desist
7 Nov 1606
EntryMr 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 complaintother medical practitioner
Action taken?
Verdictcase not completed
Number of crimes1
3 Dec 1613
EntryC, 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 accusedconfessed
Action takenWarned to desist and dismissed.
SentenceWarned to desist
Number of crimes2
25 Oct 1619
14 Oct 1631
EntryWilliam Swens, executor to William Turner, petitioned against the apothecary C for giving medicine to Turner.
Initiator of the complaintperson unconnected with the patient or the case
Action takenSee next.
Number of crimes1
17 Oct 1631
EntryC: 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 complaintother medical practitioner
Second initiator of the complaintfriend/neighbour/acquaintance of the patient
Third initiator of the complaintfriend/neighbour/acquaintance of the patient
Action takenSee next.
Number of crimes1
18 Nov 1631
EntryC was absent. Swens was given a certificate of bad practice.
Attitude of the accusedabsent
Action takenC declared guilty of bad practice.
SentenceFined (presumably)
Number of crimes1
22 Dec 1631
EntryDr Clarke charged C with giving a purge to Mr Hide.
Initiator of the complaintcollege member
Action takenTo be investigated.
Number of crimes1
1 March 1633
EntryC and his solicitor tried to get the College to 'lessen the mulct'.
Action takenCollege refused.

CLARK, Catherine