Lives of the fellows

Theophilus Garencieres

b.1613 d.1677
MD Caen(1634) MD Oxon(1656-7)

Theophilus Garencieres, MD - A Parisian by birth, and a doctor of medicine of Caen, in Normandy, of 27th October, 1634, was examined at the College of Physicians, for Licentiate, in December, January, and February, but was really admitted a Candidate on the 23rd March, 1656-7, having been incorporated at Oxford on the 10th of March. Wood, recording his incorporation writes thus: “The most famous and learned Theophilus de Garencieres, of Paris, made doctor of physick at Caen, in Normandy, twenty years before this time, was then (March 10th, 1656-7), incorporated here, not only upon sight of his testimonial letters (which abundantly speak of his worth) subscribed by the king of France his ambassador in England, to whom he was domestic physician, but upon sufficient knowledge had of his great merits, his late relinquishing the Roman church, and zeal for that of the Reformed.” “This person,” adds Wood, “who was one of the College of Physicians at London, hath written -
Angliæ Flagellum, seu Tabes Anglica,/i>. 24mo. Lond. 1647.
The Admirable Vertues and Wonderful Effects of the true and genuine Tincture of Coral in Physick; grounded by reason, established by experience, and confirmed by authentical authors in all ages. 8vo. London. 1676.

“He translated into English -
The true Prophecies or Prognostications of Mich Nostradamus, Physician to Henry II, Francis II, and Charles IX, Kings of France, &c. Lond. Folio. 1672.

“Dr Garencieres died poor and in an obscure condition in Covent garden, occasioned by the unworthy dealings of a certain knight, which in a manner broke his heart, but the particular time when I cannot tell.” He was also the author of -
A Mite cast into the treasury of the famous city of London, being a brief and methodical discourse concerning the nature of the Plague. 4to. Lond. 1665.

A portrait of Dr Garencieres, sitting at a table, by W Dolle, is extant. On the print is this distich:—
“Gallia quem genuît, retinetque Brittanica Tellus
“Calluit Hermetis quicquid in arte fuit.”

William Munk

[(1) Wood’s Fasti Oxon, vol. ii, p. 791.]

(Volume I, page 275)

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