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

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Gender Male
Primary occupation non-medical (Coppersmith / tinker)
Period of medical practice 1545-1566
Other notes Examined & punished 1553 & 1555. MB Oxon 1555. RCP furious - said L illiterate - great row 1556. ?Husb of 475?

Censorial hearings

15 Feb 1553
Entry 'The following were examined and rejected, ... David Lawton, a copper-smith:'
Action taken Examined and rejected.
Verdict guilty
Sentence Rejected
Entry 'There were examined and punished ... David Lawton, a tinker'.
Action taken Examined and punished.
Verdict guilty
Sentence Punished
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 accused absent
Action taken College wrote letter of complaint to Oxford University.
14 July 1556
Entry College sent letter to Pole, Commissioner ?for reform in? Oxford University, complaining about the admission of L and saying that he was illiterate & cd not decline 'corpus'.
Attitude of the accused absent
Action taken Letter written to Pole, Commissioner for Oxford University.
Verdict case not completed