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Name John SMITH
Gender Male
Primary occupation medical apothecary (Apothecary. Grocer.)
Period of medical practice 1591-1620
Address Newgate Market 1607
Other notes Accused 1601-10. See Whittet letter.

Known London address

Newgate Market
Parish Christ Church Newgate Street [incl St Audoen 1547; St Nicholas in the Shambles, 1547; part of St Sepulchre's, 1567]
Ward Faringdon Within
Date 1607

Censorial hearings

15 Oct 1601
Entry S, apothecary, confessed that he had given restrictive tablets and stomach pills to 'Mr Spilman, a gentleman from a Lincolnshire inn'.
Attitude of the accused confessed
Action taken Admonished and told not to repeat it. Dismissed.
Verdict guilty
Sentence Admonished and dismissed
Number of crimes 1
16 July 1634
Entry 'Mr. Smith Apothecary came to excuse the offence done to Mr. President and is sorrye that hee should give anye such offence and craveth the fauour of the President and of the Colledge. His suspension is remitted, and hee is entertayned agayne into the fauour of the Colledge.'
Action taken Readmitted into the favour of the College.
Verdict guilty
Sentence Readmitted into favour
9 Jan 1607
Entry S was accused by Dr Poe and Dr Compton of selling medicines without a prescription, or on prescription to other apothecaries. S said that the charge proceeded from C's hatred of him, and said that C himself should be condemned.
Initiator of the complaint college member
Second initiator of the complaint other medical practitioner
Action taken No decision reached. S ordered to take care with his prescriptions
Verdict not proven
4 Sep 1607
Entry John Wilbrow accused S, an apothecary of Newgate Market, of intercepting a prescription sent by Poe to Compton, 'falsely claiming the name of Compton'. S appeared and defended his servant DICKMAN (225, qv) from another charge, using 'ridiculous' excuses.
Initiator of the complaint person unconnected with the patient or the case
Attitude of the accused made an excuse
Action taken To reappear with DICKMAN at next meeting.
9 Oct 1607
Entry S and DICKMAN appeared. S claimed that they sold only 'conserve of roses and wild plums'. The Lord Mayor had received the conserve and a red powder by John Ely. S and D were ordered to bring the conserves to the next meeting. Not punished [yet].
Attitude of the accused denied
Action taken To reappear with their `conserves'.
Verdict case not completed
4 May 1610
Entry S was charged by Goulson as being responsible for DICKMAN. He failed to appear.
Initiator of the complaint college member
Attitude of the accused absent
Action taken Failed to appear.
1 June 1610
Entry S was the master of Henry Dickman qv; the case brought against Dickman by the informer Gulson was heard by the College in Smith's presence, but no conclusion was reached.
Action taken ?None
Verdict not proven
20 Nov 1612
Entry Dr Clement said that DICKMAN had prescribed a purge. S appeared and said that it was tabulas stibiatas, which he sold as did all apothecaries. He also provided it for Mr Noble, a country practitioner.
Initiator of the complaint college member
Action taken ?
Verdict case not completed
Number of crimes 1
25 Oct 1619
Entry [Apothbiz.]
25 June 1634
Entry [Apothbiz.] Just bolshy and rather gloriously rude to the President.
Action taken Excommuned.