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Margaret Pelling, Frances White

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'LUDFORD, Simon', Physicians and Irregular Medical Practitioners in London 1550-1640: Database (2004). URL: Date accessed: 30 October 2014.


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Primary occupationmedical apothecary (Apothecary. Franciscan friar previously)
Period of medical practice1553-1575
Place of birthEngland (of Bedford)
Date of deathAug 1575
AddressSt Steven in Walbrooke 1575
Other notesMB & MD Oxon though allegedly illiterate. Great row. FRCP 1563. Cf LAWTON 475.

Known London address

St Steven in Walbrooke
ParishSt Stephen Walbrook

College membership

Medical education (university)Oxford
Date of MD1560
Date became Fellow07/04/1563
Date of Fellowship1563-1575
Date elected censor1564-1572
Offices heldCe 1564,1569,1572. Died when? Munk does not say
In trouble before membershipYes
Other notesOxon. Cf LAWTON.
Date of deathAug 1575

Censorial hearings

15 Feb 1553
Entry'The following were examined and rejected, Simon Ludford, an apothecary of London and formerly a Franciscan brother:'
Action takenExamined and rejected.
SentenceRejected and fined £10
11 Jan 1556
Entry'The University of Oxford was moderately rebuked by the College in a letter written by the President and sealed with the common seal, because Simon Ludford, an apothecary, and David Lawghton, a copper smith, both illiterate men, had received degrees in medicine.' (Text of letter given in Annals.)
Attitude of the accusedabsent
Action takenCollege wrote letter of complaint to Oxford University.
17 April 1556
Entry'that ignorant and self-seeking Ludford, when he realised that all hope had gone for him of obtaining a degree of doctorate of medicine at Oxford, ... went to Cambridge to attempt by similar trickery to cheat the Cambridge authorities.' So three of the Cambridge men of the College (Caius, Wendy and Huicke) wrote to the Senate of Cambridge warning them against Ludford, 'an inexperienced and ignorant fellow, nevertheless vainglorious, and arrogant'.
Attitude of the accusedabsent
Action takenCollege wrote to Cantab against Ludford.
12 June 1556
EntryCollege wrote again to Cantab against Ludford.
Attitude of the accusedabsent
Action takenCollege wrote again to Cantab against Ludford.
14 July 1556
EntryCollege sent letter to Pole, Commissioner for ?reform in? Oxford University, complaining about L's admission.
Attitude of the accusedabsent
Action takenLetter written to Pole, Commissioner of Oxford U, against L.
Verdictcase not completed
7 April 1563
Entry'In a special Comitia Simon Ludford of Bedford, Doctor of Medicine of Oxford, was admitted a Fellow, amd paid £13 6s. 8d. as his admission fee and for a fine which the President Doctor Huicke had on 15 February 1553 assessed at £10. Because however he paid willingly and promptly, the College returned £3 6s. 8d. to him.'
Action takenFRCP. To pay fee and fine.

LUKE, John