Lives of the fellows

William Denton

b.1605 d.March 1691
MD Oxon(1634) Hon FRCP(1664)

William Denton, MD, was the youngest son of Sir Thomas Denton, of Hillesden, in the county of Bucks, knight, high sheriff of the county in 1599, and member of Parliament for Bucks in 1603, 1614, and 1620. Our physician was baptized at Stowe in November, 1605, and was educated at Magdalen hall, Oxford, as a member of which be proceeded doctor of medicine, 10th October, 1634. He was admitted an Honorary Fellow of the College of Physicians in December, 1664. Dr Denton was physician to Charles I and Charles II.

He died in March, 1691, in the 86th year of his age, at Hillesden, where a monument to his memory is thus inscribed:
Near this place lies interred
Dr WILLIAM DENTON,
youngest son of Sir Thomas Denton, of Hillesdon, knight.
He was physician to King Charles I and II.
He married Catherine,
daughter of Bostock Fuller, of Tandridge Court,
in the county of Surry, esquire,
by whome he had Anne, his only daughter and heir,
the wife of Sir Edward Nicholas, knight,
Principal Secretary of State to King Charles I and II.
He died in March, 1691, in the 86th year of his age,
blessed with that happy composition of body and mind,
that preserved him chearfull, easy, and agreeable to the last,
and endeared him to all that knew him.

He was the author of-
Horæ Subsecivæ; or, a Treatise showing the original grounds, reasons, and provocation necessitating our sanguinary Laws against Papists made in the days of Queen Elizabeth, and the gradations by which they ascended into that severity. 4to. Lond. 1664.
The Burnt Child dreads the Fire; or, an Examination of the merits of the Papists relating to England; mostly from their own pens, in Justification of the late Act of Parliament for preventing Dangers which may happen from Popish Recusants. 4to. Lond. 1675.
Jus Cæsaris et Ecclesiæ verè dictæ Angliæ. Folio. Lond. 1681.

A half-length portrait of Dr Denton, in the full dress of his degree, with hair very long and loose, is at Middle Claydon house, Bucks.(1)

William Munk

[(1) Lipscomb’s Bucks, vol. i p. 185 and iii, p. 17.]

(Volume I, page 327)

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