FOSTER, William

Physicians and Irregular Medical Practitioners in London 1550-1640 Database. Originally published by Centre for Metropolitan History, London, 2004.

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William FOSTER


Name William FOSTER
Gender Male
Primary occupation medical barber-surgeon (Barber-surgeon. BSC 1597-1620 (later entries cd be son))
Period of medical practice 1596-1615
Date of death ?1615
Address Fenchurch St 1606. ?St Dionis Backch 1597 1615
Other notes Wife was actually the felon in 1606. Son William went to Oxford!
Medical specialities Chlorosis (wife's speciality really)

Known London address

Fenchurch Street
Ward Langborne
Date 1606
St Dionis Backchurch (?)
Parish St Dionis Backchurch
Ward Langborne
Date 1597
St Dionis Backchurch (?)
Parish St Dionis Backchurch
Ward Langborne
Date 1615

Censorial hearings

8 Jan 1606
Entry F, a surgeon of Fenchurch Street, was accused of putting up a notice advertising his powder against chlorosis. He replied that his wife had done it. A Fellow had reprimanded her and F said that she had injured none and helped many, including two in Ironmonger Lane. He was ordered to reappear with his wife and a recipe for the powder.
Action taken To reappear with wife and recipe for the powder.
Number of crimes 1
7 Feb 1606
Entry F and his wife appeared and said that many of their neighbours sold the same or a similar powder, freely and without hindrance. They then confessed and were pardoned previous offences on condition that they abstained in future.
Action taken Pardoned on condition of future abstention.
Verdict guilty
Sentence Pardoned provided they abstained in future
Number of crimes 1