WARDE, David

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

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Name David WARDE (WARD)
Gender Male
Primary occupation medical empiric (Quack.)
Period of medical practice 1567-1616
Date of death Mar 1616
Address Colman Street 1606. East Smithfield 1616 (bur Bot)
Other notes Fined 1582. Imprisoned 1586. Summoned 1590. Confessed 1603. Imprisoned 1606.
Medical specialities Fever, apoplexy, epilepsy, syphilis

Known London address

Coleman Street
Parish St Stephen Coleman Street
Ward Coleman Street
Date 1606
East Smithfield, St Botolph Aldgate parish
Parish St Botolph without Aldgate
Ward Portsoken
Date 1616

Censorial hearings

2 May 1582
Entry 'In this Comitia there appeared a quack by name Ward, an ignorant fellow, who was convicted of the illegal practice of medicine: he promised to pay 40s. before next St. John the Baptist's Day and he was therefore permitted to depart.'
Attitude of the accused submitted to the College
Action taken Fined 40s., to be paid by next midsummer.
Verdict guilty
Sentence Fined 40s. and promised to pay it by next St. John's Day
17 Sep 1586
Entry W confessed to 16 years' bloodletting, purging and curing fevers. He said he had cured Mr Grymes' daughter, who suffered from apoplexy without convulsions, and many other epileptics (&c.). College found him guilty of illegal practice and extreme shamelessness.
Attitude of the accused confessed
Action taken Fined £20 and imprisoned.
Verdict guilty
Sentence Fined £20 and imprisoned
3 Nov 1586
Entry W was freed from prison after an action in the court against his imprisonment. It was decided that Dr Gilbert, Dr Hall, Dr Fleetwood, Dr Dalton and Dr Daniel (counsel) should represent the College.
Action taken W apparently won lawsuit against his imprisonment & was freed.
25 Sep 1590
Entry W was summoned but did not appear. It was alleged that he practised at markets.
Attitude of the accused absent
Action taken Failed to appear.
Verdict case not completed
4 Feb 1603
Entry W confessed to practising in and around London for 36 years, especially for syphilis, purges and external liniments. He admitted that he recently gave a vomit to a Kent man, lodging in St Dunstan in the West, who died after 3 days.
Attitude of the accused confessed
Action taken ?
Verdict case not completed
Number of crimes 1
4 April 1606
Entry W, of Colman Street, often admonished before, was imprisoned for 'deliberately resisting the authority of the College'.
Attitude of the accused defiant
Action taken Imprisoned.
Verdict guilty
Sentence Imprisoned