Lives of the fellows

John Fryer

b.? d.1563
AB Cantab(1521) AM(1525) MD Padua FRCP(1536)

John Fryer, M.D. – Born at Balsham, Cambridgeshire, was educated at Eton, and elected thence to King’s College, Cambridge, in 1517. He was A.B. 1521, and A.M. 1525. On the 5th November, 1525, he was incorporated at Oxford, being one of three masters of arts who had been preferred to Cardinal Wolsey’s college in that university. Proving however violent Lutherans, they were one and all obliged to leave it. “John Fryar,” says Wood, “was upon account of religion committed prisoner to the master of the Savoy, where he did much solace himself with playing on the lute, having good skill in musick, for which reason a friend of his would needs commend him to the master of the Savoy, but he answered, ‘Take heed, for he that playeth is a devil, because he hath departed from the Catholick faith.’ Afterwards he was set at liberty, and, travelling beyond seas, returned to that religion wherein he was educated, was made doctor of physick, and after his return settled in the parish of St. Martin Outwich, in Bishopsgate-street, London, where dying in the winter time, anno 1563, he was buried in the church there.” Thus far Wood.

He graduated M.D. at Padua, and probably was incorporated on that degree at Cambridge. Dr. Fryer was admitted a Fellow of the College of Physicians in 1536, was Censor in 1541, 1553, 1554, 1555, 1559; Elect, 1547; Consiliarius, 1548, 1555, 1556, 1557, 1558, 1559, 1560; and President, 1549, 1550. Eventually he was again imprisoned, and on this occasion not for Lutheranism but for Catholicity. Shortly after his liberation in the beginning of August, 1563, he contracted the plague, and died of it on the 21st October, as did also his wife and some of his children. This event is thus recorded in the Annals: “Restitutus libertati est Joannes Fryer Dr. principio Augusti, qui paulo post peste obiit 21 Octobris, anno 1563, una cum uxore et liberis aliquot.”

William Munk

[FRYER (John) See also 2254/2]

[John Fryer mentioned with Ursula his wife in will of Balthazar Guercie Jan 1556-7 (vol 2? Grantley?) Mr J. C. C. Smith’s Notes]

[In Sir Henry Ellis’s original letters ? Vol II p.346 there is the following letter from Dr Fryer to the Lord Privy Seal requesting payment for his attendance on the late Bishop of Rochester in his last illness – the bishop’s goods having been “converted to the king’s coffers”.
My syngular good Lorde after my most ? ? to your Lordshypp this shalbe to advertyse ? ? that when as of late the Bishope of Rochester at what tyme he was sycken required me to ? to hyme bothe nyght and day ? ? to recompense my labour and payne and when after he was departed all his goodys ? taken upp by Mr Gostwycke and converted to the kyng’s coferys, so that for xii dayes labour and iiii nyghts watchynge as yet I have recoveryd nothynge; in so motch that except your Lordshyppe be good to me I shal bothe lose my labour, my frende and also my physycke; and truely if physycyens should take no monye for them that they kyll as well as for them that they save ? ? should be very thyne and ?, therefore I beseche your Good Lordshyppe as to send to Mr Gostwyche that I may have som recompence and rewarde for my payns. And I beseche your Lordshyppe it may be so motche the mor lyberall because it shal be the last payment; for of them that ? we may take the ? because we hope they shale ons cum agayne in to our handys. I beseche your Good Lordshyppe as I have in many other thyngs, ever fowarde? your Lordshyppe good to me – so also in this my poor request lett me not be destitute of your ? favour and goodnes towarde me as I shal dayly pray for the ? ? of your health, the whiche I pray God longe to mayntayne and kepe in all honor and felycyte. From London the xvi of August ? Lordshypp hys most humble servant John Fryar Physycan To the Right honourable and my syngular good Lorde the Lord Pryvy Seale]

(Volume I, page 31)

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