Lives of the fellows

William Eyre

b.1567 d.?
MD Leyden LRCP(1620)

[William] Eyre, MD - Dr Goodall supplies us with the following account of this physician: “Dr Eyre was cited before the College for practising physic in London without a licence. Upon his appearance he gave no satisfaction to the President and Censors, wherefore they ordered his prosecution at law, and had a verdict against him de praxi illegitimâ, upon which he applied himself to the College, begged their friendship, and promised submission. Then he was examined by the President and Censors, but not giving satisfaction of his ability for practice, he was rejected, and about two years after summoned to give an account by what authority he practised physic in London. He replied that he practised in the country, and not in the city, but thought he might, as being born here. But the practice being proved against him, the Censors told him they would sue him de praxi illegitimâ pro ann. But he paying twenty pounds de praxi prœteritâ to the Treasurer of the College, the Censors let fall this suit. But he being after guilty of ill practice (which was proved against him), the Censors unanimously fined him ten pounds, and ordered his imprisonment, which latter was dispensed with upon condition that he would at the next public comitia own his obligations to the President, Censors, and College for this their favour, which he readily promised and performed, both in person and writing, paying likewise the fine imposed upon him. After this was examined in order to his admission into the College, which examination being passed, he was required to take great care and caution in his practice, and in difficult cases to call to his assistance some of his colleagues.”(1) He was examined 7th May, 1619, and 2nd June, 1620, and admitted a Licentiate in September, 1620.

Is this the same person who stands thus recorded by Wood(2) among the incorporations at Oxford in 1608: “July 8, Will Eire (Eierus) Doct of Phys of Leyden ?” If so, he was born in London, and on the 12th June, 1596, when he entered on the physic line at Leyden was 29 years of age.

William Munk

[(1) Historical Account of the College’s Proceedings against Empiricks, p. 376.
(2) Fasti Oxon. vol. I, p.803.]

(Volume I, page 178)

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