SAVERY, Abraham


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Margaret Pelling, Frances White

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'SAVERY, Abraham', Physicians and Irregular Medical Practitioners in London 1550-1640: Database (2004). URL: Date accessed: 20 November 2014.


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Abraham SAVERY


Primary occupationmedical empiric (Empiric. Actor. Sorcerer. Astrologer.)
Period of medical practice1608-1633
Other notesAccused 1618 (see QUINCE), 1620, 1623. See Southwark ChCt Records & Ben Jonson(?). ?Cf Abraham Severine Innes-Smith 208? Papist?
Medical specialitiesEpilepsy

Known London address

St Botolph Bishopsgate (?)
ParishSt Botolph without Bishopsgate
WardBishopsgate (Within & Without)
WardBridge Without

Censorial hearings

9 Jan 1618
EntryS 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 takenQ to reappear. S??
Number of crimes1
21 April 1618
EntryQUINCE, again accused of practice, said that all had been done under S's direction.
Action takenS and Q to reappear.
Verdictcase not completed
Number of crimes1
27 June 1620
EntryClement complained about S, and so did Pattison. Crooke brought S's prescription to Mr WETLEY, apothecary (799, qv).
Initiator of the complaintcollege member
Second initiator of the complaintcollege member
Third initiator of the complaintcollege member
Attitude of the accusedabsent
Action takenS to be summoned.
Verdictcase not completed
4 Oct 1622
EntryIt was decided that these quacks should be summoned for ill practice: Dr. Tenant, Shepard, Savery and Mrs. Reeves ...
Attitude of the accusedabsent
Action takenTo 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 takenW to reappear with his man HIDE. S??
19 Dec 1622
EntryJohn 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?
Verdictcase not completed
m Palm Sun 1623
EntrySAUNDERS (648, qv) accused S. 'But of all the Empericks about this Citie it is not Credible the practise that Sauery hath.'
Initiator of the complaintcollege member
Action taken?
Verdictcase not completed
26-30 June 1624
EntryMrs 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?
Verdictcase not completed
7 Jan 1625
EntryThe 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 accuseddenied
Action takenEvidence against S to be taken to the Pres, who wd tell the King.
Verdictcase not completed

SAVERY, Leonard