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

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Margaret Pelling. Frances White, 'TURNER, Peter', in Physicians and Irregular Medical Practitioners in London 1550-1640 Database, (London, 2004) pp. . British History Online https://www.british-history.ac.uk/no-series/london-physicians/1550-1640/turner-peter [accessed 29 May 2024].

Margaret Pelling. Frances White. "TURNER, Peter", in Physicians and Irregular Medical Practitioners in London 1550-1640 Database, (London, 2004) . British History Online, accessed May 29, 2024, https://www.british-history.ac.uk/no-series/london-physicians/1550-1640/turner-peter.

Pelling, Margaret. White, Frances. "TURNER, Peter", Physicians and Irregular Medical Practitioners in London 1550-1640 Database, (London, 2004). . British History Online. Web. 29 May 2024, https://www.british-history.ac.uk/no-series/london-physicians/1550-1640/turner-peter.

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Gender Male
Primary occupation medical physician (MD) (Physician to Bart's 1581-4. MParl for Bridport 1584-7. Author.)
Period of medical practice 1571-1614
Place of birth London (Son of William Turner (botanist, Ca 1530))
Date of birth c. 1542
Date of death 27 May 1614
Address Ca 1564-**. Heidelberg 1571. Barts precinct 1581-5. St Helens Bishopsgate 1591-1614. Bur St Olaves Hart Street 1614.
Other notes Ca 1564 MD Heidelberg 1571 incorp Ca 1575 incorp Ox 1599. Accused 1581. LRCP 1582. Puritan.

Known London address

Barts precinct
Parish St Bartholomew the Less (the Hospital)
Ward Faringdon Without
Date 1581-5
St Helens Bishopsgate
Parish St Helen Bishopsgate
Ward Bishopsgate (Within & Without)
Date 1591-1614
St Olaves Hart Street
Parish St Olave Hart Street
Ward Tower (Street)
Date 1614

College membership

Medical education (university) Heidelberg
Medical education (years) 7
Date of MD 1571
Degree incorporated into Oxford University Yes
Degree incorporated into Cambridge University Yes
Date became Licentiate 04/12/1582
In trouble before membership Yes
Other notes Ca 1564 MD Heidelberg 1571
Date of birth c.1542
Date of death 27 May 1614

Censorial hearings

3 Nov 1581
Entry 'Turner openly confessed to having practised medicine for nearly a whole year in this city. After much consideration it was decided that the law should be invoked: particularly because he refused, insolently and stubbornly, to recognize the examination of the College, and because he had practised medicine against the privileges of the College.'
Action taken T to be prosecuted at law.
Verdict guilty
Sentence To be prosecuted at law
2 May 1582
Entry 'Dr. Turner brought his bond of security duly signed and sealed guaranteeing to pay the College £8 each year: on this condition he was to be allowed to practise medicine henceforth lawfully and without interference. But since the conditions of this bill did not satisfy the College and seemed to be somewhat unfair, the aforesaid bill was not accepted: and it was decided that the case should be submitted for legal opinion.'
Attitude of the accused asked for College membership
Action taken T's bond rejected; legal opinion to be sought about him.
27 Nov 1582
Entry 'It was decided that Peter Turner should be admitted a Licentiate: he was to pay to the College £30 in cash and annually 40s. in accordance with the customs of the College: and there were other conditions recorded in writing which he was to observe. He willingly promised that he would faithfully keep them.'
Action taken LRCP. £30 and 40s. p.a.
4 Dec 1582
Entry 'At this Comitia Dr. Peter Turner was present: there he received his licence to practise, granted, confirmed and sealed with the common seal by the College. The same Peter Turner handed over for the use of the College £30 in hard cash which amount was at once transferred to Dr. Smith Cantab., Vice-President. It was agreed that all the disputes and quarrels between the College and the aforesaid Turner which for some time had been the subject of lawsuits should cease and be at rest.'
Attitude of the accused asked for College membership
Action taken LRCP delivered and quarrel forgotten as T had paid the fine of £30.
Verdict guilty
Sentence Fined £30. LRCP for 40s. p.a.