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

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Name Simon LUDFORD
Gender Male
Primary occupation medical apothecary (Apothecary. Franciscan friar previously)
Period of medical practice 1553-1575
Place of birth England (of Bedford)
Date of death Aug 1575
Address St Steven in Walbrooke 1575
Other notes MB & MD Oxon though allegedly illiterate. Great row. FRCP 1563. Cf LAWTON 475.

Known London address

St Steven in Walbrooke
Parish St Stephen Walbrook
Ward Walbrook
Date 1575

College membership

Medical education (university) Oxford
MB 1560
Date of MD 1560
Date became Fellow 07/04/1563
Date of Fellowship 1563-1575
Date elected censor 1564-1572
Offices held Ce 1564,1569,1572. Died when? Munk does not say
In trouble before membership Yes
Other notes Oxon. Cf LAWTON.
Date of death Aug 1575

Censorial hearings

15 Feb 1553
Entry 'The following were examined and rejected, Simon Ludford, an apothecary of London and formerly a Franciscan brother:'
Action taken Examined and rejected.
Verdict guilty
Sentence Rejected and fined £10
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.
17 April 1556
Entry 'that ignorant and self-seeking Ludford, when he realised that all hope had gone for him of obtaining a degree of doctorate of medicine at Oxford, ... went to Cambridge to attempt by similar trickery to cheat the Cambridge authorities.' So three of the Cambridge men of the College (Caius, Wendy and Huicke) wrote to the Senate of Cambridge warning them against Ludford, 'an inexperienced and ignorant fellow, nevertheless vainglorious, and arrogant'.
Attitude of the accused absent
Action taken College wrote to Cantab against Ludford.
12 June 1556
Entry College wrote again to Cantab against Ludford.
Attitude of the accused absent
Action taken College wrote again to Cantab against Ludford.
14 July 1556
Entry College sent letter to Pole, Commissioner for ?reform in? Oxford University, complaining about L's admission.
Attitude of the accused absent
Action taken Letter written to Pole, Commissioner of Oxford U, against L.
Verdict case not completed
7 April 1563
Entry 'In a special Comitia Simon Ludford of Bedford, Doctor of Medicine of Oxford, was admitted a Fellow, amd paid £13 6s. 8d. as his admission fee and for a fine which the President Doctor Huicke had on 15 February 1553 assessed at £10. Because however he paid willingly and promptly, the College returned £3 6s. 8d. to him.'
Action taken FRCP. To pay fee and fine.