EDWARDS, Richard


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Margaret Pelling, Frances White

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'EDWARDS, Richard', Physicians and Irregular Medical Practitioners in London 1550-1640: Database (2004). URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=17397 Date accessed: 23 November 2014.


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NameRichard EDWARDS
Primary occupationmedical apothecary (Apothecary's servant 1601. Apothecary 1609. Master SA 1632-4.)
Period of medical practice1601-1655
Date of death1655
AddressBucklersbury 1640. Cheapside 1655.
Other notesTrouble 1601-31 - usually no proof. SA Charter 1614 1617. Cf. Thomas WILLOUGHBY 809.

Known London address

ParishSt Benet Sherehog (St Sithe; St Benet & St Sithe)

Censorial hearings

6 May 1601
EntryE, 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 accusedconfessed
Action takenFined £5 and imprisoned.
SentenceFined £5 and imprisoned
Number of crimes2
21 June 1631
EntryE 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.
Verdictnot proven
Number of crimes1
4 July 1634
Entry[Apothbiz.] Apossecary.
9 July 1634
Entry[Apothbiz.] Apossecary 2.
25 June 1635
Entry[Apothbiz.] In list of boycotted apothecaries.
Action takenDiscommuned (boycotted).
11 Aug 1609
EntryE, an apothecary, was convicted and fined 40s.
Action takenConvicted and fined 40s.
SentenceFined 40s.
6 Oct 1609
EntryE asked for half his fine to be remitted.
Action taken?
12 April 1611
EntryRichard Edwards, an apothecary, appeared on a charge: he was sent away however pending the presence of the man to prove the case.
Action takenDeferred.
3 May 1611
EntryDr 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 complaintcollege member
Action takenExonerated, but see next.
Number of crimes1
7 June 1611
EntryRichard 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 complaintpatient
Action takenE was absolved.
4 April 1617
EntryE, '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 complaintcollege member
Action takenWarned.
Verdictnot proven
Number of crimes1
2 March 1627
EntryE was accused, but Dr Saunders (?his accuser) was not present, so the matter was deferred.
Initiator of the complaintcollege member
Action takenDeferred.
Verdictcase not completed
28 Jan 1631
EntryDr 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 complaintcollege member
Second initiator of the complaintcollege member
Action takenSee next.
Number of crimes3

EGLESOM, ?George