SCARLET, Thomasina

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Thomasina SCARLET


Name Thomasina SCARLET
Gender Female
Marital status Married 1588 (Wife 1588)
Period of medical practice 1578-1610
Date of death after 1610
Other notes In trouble 1588-1610. Frequently imprisoned & fined. Very old in 1610.

Censorial hearings

6 Dec 1588
Entry S appeared and confessed to having given purgatives to Duck and Hodskins. She admitted that she often gave emetics and had given medical advice to 100 other people. She was asked to give a bond against future practice. She agreed and went away. (Her husband informed on the wife of SHARDE - 663, qv.)
Action taken Bond taken against future practice. Dismissed.
Verdict guilty
Sentence Bond to abstain
Number of crimes 2
6 Feb 1595
Entry S, previously imprisoned, had obtained a letter from various people of rank, addressed to the President, requesting her release.
Pressure applied by College yes
Action taken S to be kept in prison for the time being. (See next.)
12 Feb 1595
Entry S appeared and confessed that she had given a purge and ointment to Mr Neeme. She admitted that she could not read and had no knowledge of the theory or practice of medicine. But she utterly refused to abstain from practice, or to give any bond.
Action taken Sent back to prison.
Verdict guilty
Sentence Imprisoned till she should promise and/or give bond to abstain
Number of crimes 1
4 Aug 1598
Entry S was accused by Caldwell, an official of the Bridewell, and by Mrs Heyborne, whose husband she had treated for ulcerated knee with an ointment made of mercury. She confessed to having given antimony in white wine. H became paralysed. She also admitted treating a man in Thyckin's house in Redcross Street, and to having frequently given stibium, even to children.
Initiator of the complaint person unconnected with the patient or the case
Second initiator of the complaint spouse of the patient
Attitude of the accused confessed
Action taken To be imprisoned and fined £10.
Verdict guilty
Sentence Imprisoned and fined £10
Number of crimes 2
6 June 1603
Entry S confessed that she had treated Lee, the servant of Mr Price of Grace Street, Southwark, in September 1602.
Attitude of the accused confessed
Action taken Fined £5 and imprisoned.
Verdict guilty
Sentence Fined £5 and imprisoned
Number of crimes 1
7 Sep 1610
Entry S, now 'extremely old', promised to abstain from practice and was dismissed.
Attitude of the accused submitted to the College
Action taken Dismissed on promise to abstain.
Verdict guilty
Sentence Dismissed on promise to abstain
11 Jan 1611
Entry They appeared having been summoned: ... Thomasina Scarlet ... concerning whom see Book of Examinations for this day.
Action taken ? See E
Sentence ? See E