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Name John LAMBE
Gender Male
Primary occupation medical empiric (Empiric. Magician &c. Astrologer.)
Period of medical practice 1609-1628
Date of birth ?1545
Date of death June 1628
Address London 1608-28 & Worcester before/during.
Other notes Accused of practice & of magic 1619. Examined 1627. V Clark i 259 & Goldstein article. Protégé of & alleged procurer for Buckingham, murdered by London crowd in June 1628 - see ballad.

Censorial hearings

7 May 1619
Entry Matthias Evans of the Minories testified that L, a quack and a magician, called 'all ye Collegiates asses and dunces', and asked £40-£50 for cures. He promised Evans half the profits, but did not give them. Evans gave a list of 17 cases, including fortune telling and illusions [details given]. L was called 'a notable Mountebank and Imposter'.
Initiator of the complaint friend/neighbour/acquaintance of the patient
Action taken ?
Verdict case not completed
18 Dec 1627
Entry Bishop Durham sent a letter on L's behalf; the College was unimpressed because L was notorious 'due to his knowledge of magic, astrology and of other mystic sciences'. For this reason he was generously supported by women of rank. L had fooled Bishop Durham to get himself out of prison. He was examined and found entirely ignorant, and this was reported to the Bishop. L said he had done nothing to encourage his following, but only sold 'fooleries' for monetary gain.
Attitude of the accused denied
Pressure applied by College yes
Action taken ?
Verdict case not completed