Lives of the fellows

William Delaune

b.? d.1610

William Delaune was a French Protestant clergyman (verbi Dei prædicator), who had been compelled to leave his native country on account of his religion. He was summoned before the College of Physicians 7th December, 1582, for practising medicine in London without a licence. Admitting his practice, but stating many extenuating circumstances, the consideration of his case was postponed to a subsequent occasion. On 22nd December, 1582, he presented a lengthy and humble petition for a licence to practice medicine. From his memorial, which is transcribed at length in the Annals, we learn that he had studied medicine for eight years at Paris and Montpelier, under Duretus and Rondeletius; that he had for a lengthened period practised physic without a single complaint against him; that he had a large family wholly depending upon his exertions, and that his only resource for the support of himself and them was the practice of his adopted profession. These facts seem to have influenced the College. He was called in, examined, approved, and admitted a Licentiate the same day, viz., 22nd December, 1582. He practised in London, and I find him mentioned as one of three Licentiates who attended, on 18th April, 1603, in the body of the College hall to hear the Statutes read. He was buried at St. Anne’s Blackfriars, 19th February, 1610, and was the author of
Institutionis Christianæ Religionis a Joanne Calvino conscriptæ Epitome. Per Guil. Launeum in Eccles. Gallicanâ Ministrum. 8vo. Lond., 1583.(1)

William Munk

[(1) An English translation by Christopher Fetherstone, Minister of the Word of God, was published at Edinburgh, 8vo., about 1585.]

[DELAUNE (William) See also 2249/3]

[Dr Laune has some complimentary Latin Verses prefixed to Gerards Herbal.]

[P. See BMJ 29 Oct 1927, p.793 ‘A C16 London Physician’s bond.’]

(Volume I, page 84)

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