LEIGHTON, Alexander

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

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Alexander LEIGHTON


Gender Male
Primary occupation non-medical clergyman (Clergyman. Physician (MPD))
Period of medical practice 1615-1637
Place of birth Scot
Other notes MA St Andrews; MD Leyden. Prohibited 1619 & 1626. Asked for licence 1627 (was refused) & paid fine. In trouble with Star Chamber (religion) 1635.

Censorial hearings

17 Sep 1619
Entry L, MA of St Andrews, MD of Leyden, was to be summoned at Dr Pattison's instance.
Initiator of the complaint college member
Attitude of the accused absent
Action taken To be summoned.
24 Sep 1619
Entry L, a Scot & a clergyman, had been at Leyden under Professor van Herne. He claimed to have read all of Galen, especially DE MEDENDI METHODO, but was ignorant on Book IX, phlebotomy, & on temperament. He confessed to practice on one Eglesfield's servant (charged by Pattison), but claimed it was cordial alkermes 7 j water & did not cause death. Blamed surgeon Chapman. Promised not to practise further. He also confessed to making up medicines, but denied taking certain fees (e.g. from Mr Mounson). Many other crimes were taken into account.
Initiator of the complaint college member
Action taken Prohibited from practice.
Verdict guilty
Sentence Prohibited from practice
Number of crimes 1
7 July 1626
Entry L confessed to having practised for 11 years. Refused until he satisfied the College because he had taken orders.
Attitude of the accused confessed
Action taken Prohibited from practice.
Verdict guilty
Sentence Prohibited from practice
5 Jan 1627
Entry L was under arrest for debt. He wished to be licensed and was asked what he would pay as a fine for previous practice. At length he said 20s.
Action taken ?To pay fine of 20s.?
18 Feb 1635
Entry Mr Leighton, called Dr L, had been censured by the Star Chamber on religious grounds (& had had his ears cropped) and should now be 'infamis' in his profession.
Pressure applied by College yes
Action taken ?Debarred from practising physic: infamis.
Verdict guilty
Sentence Banned