LEIGHTON, Alexander


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Margaret Pelling, Frances White

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'LEIGHTON, Alexander', Physicians and Irregular Medical Practitioners in London 1550-1640: Database (2004). URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=17618 Date accessed: 27 November 2014.


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Alexander LEIGHTON


Primary occupationnon-medical clergyman (Clergyman. Physician (MPD))
Period of medical practice1615-1637
Place of birthScot
Other notesMA St Andrews; MD Leyden. Prohibited 1619 & 1626. Asked for licence 1627 (was refused) & paid fine. In trouble with Star Chamber (religion) 1635.

Censorial hearings

17 Sep 1619
EntryL, MA of St Andrews, MD of Leyden, was to be summoned at Dr Pattison's instance.
Initiator of the complaintcollege member
Attitude of the accusedabsent
Action takenTo be summoned.
24 Sep 1619
EntryL, a Scot & a clergyman, had been at Leyden under Professor van Herne. He claimed to have read all of Galen, especially DE MEDENDI METHODO, but was ignorant on Book IX, phlebotomy, & on temperament. He confessed to practice on one Eglesfield's servant (charged by Pattison), but claimed it was cordial alkermes 7 j water & did not cause death. Blamed surgeon Chapman. Promised not to practise further. He also confessed to making up medicines, but denied taking certain fees (e.g. from Mr Mounson). Many other crimes were taken into account.
Initiator of the complaintcollege member
Action takenProhibited from practice.
SentenceProhibited from practice
Number of crimes1
7 July 1626
EntryL confessed to having practised for 11 years. Refused until he satisfied the College because he had taken orders.
Attitude of the accusedconfessed
Action takenProhibited from practice.
SentenceProhibited from practice
5 Jan 1627
EntryL was under arrest for debt. He wished to be licensed and was asked what he would pay as a fine for previous practice. At length he said 20s.
Action taken?To pay fine of 20s.?
18 Feb 1635
EntryMr Leighton, called Dr L, had been censured by the Star Chamber on religious grounds (& had had his ears cropped) and should now be 'infamis' in his profession.
Pressure applied by Collegeyes
Action taken?Debarred from practising physic: infamis.

LEMM, Samuel