Lives of the fellows

James Good

b.1527 d.1581

James Good, M.D., was born at Dimock, in Gloucestershire, and educated at New College, Oxford, where he proceeded doctor of medicine, 26th June, 1560. He was, while yet only a bachelor of medicine, admitted a Fellow of the College of Physicians, viz., 13th March, 1559. He was elected Censor and Elect the same day, 14th October, 1560, and was Consiliarius, 1564, 1569, 1570, 1571, 1572. [Dr Good was one of two physicians, Dr Atslowe being the other ?, sent by Elizabeth to Mary Queen of Scots at Sheffield in Dec. 1570. They remained about a month & then returned to London. Leaders Mary Queen of Scots in Captivity. 8oo Sheffield 1880, p.158-163.] “He was imprisoned,” says Wood, “in 1573 for holding secret correspondence by letters, with Mary, Queen of Scots.” Dr. Good married Joan, daughter of Edward Glinton, Alderman of Oxford. He died in 1581, aged 54, and was buried at West Drayton. His portrait was extant in 1805; (1) and then in the possession of Mr. John Simcoe, of Warwick Street.

William Munk

[(1) Gent. Mag., vol.lxxv, part ii, p.625.]

[He was a Catholic and in Davie Jones’ “List of the names and addresses of certain Papists in London in 1578 he stands as Dr. Good in Chancery Lane who used to attend mass at Baron Browne’s.” Foley’s Records of the English Province of the Society of Jesus. 8oo Lond. 1877, vol.1, p.48.]

[Adm’on of Dr Good’s goods 4 Oct 1581 to Joan his widow.]

[P. State Papers May 1575. Dr. James Good confined in the Tower was examined about some stuff sent to the Scottish Queen for her health which was paid for by the French Ambassador.]

[Freed from the Tower, Sep. 1575 (Hist. MSS. Comm. Salisbury MSS., ii, 110).]

[James Good Persuaded by the Bishop of Ross to attend Mary, Queen of Scots in 1570 during her captivity at Sheffield.
Early in 1574 it was discovered that Good and Atslowe had been the means of communication between the now banished Bishop and the Queen of Scots.
March 1, 1574 Walsingham wrote to Queen Elizabeth that in his opinion Atslowe, Good and the servants should be apprehended and committed to the Tower. This he had urged before.
April 28, 1575. Good examined in the Tower and later released. Indictment read that (1) he had corresponded secretly with Mary, Queen of Scots, informing her of current events and offering her advice. (2) Written secretly to the Bishop of Ross. (3) That he had corrected and anglicised and sent to the Queen of Scots a copy of The Defence of the Queen of Scot’s Honour and had received her opinion of it. (The book was written by the Bishop under an assumed name, and traced Mary Stuart’s right of succession to the English throne – it was later printed abroad.)
April 30th 1575. Walsingham wrote to Burghley and sent him the confessions of the examined men. He asked B. to find out what the Queen wanted done with the men. W. thought they should be imprisoned in the Tower, the Queen thought “it an abasement of the place to have so mean personages committed thither.”
In May Good committed to the Tower and examined for a second and third time. Apparently denied all the charges although confronted by the men who had accused him. Also charged with having sent mithridate, cinnamon water, ointment for the spleen and stomach…to the Queen of Scots.
On May 14, 1575, Sir Owen Hopton (Lieutenant of the Tower) wrote to Walsingham…Dr. Atslowe and Good in effect confessed nothing…fear they will confess nothing, for they stand on their reputations that they are better to be believed than Cockyn, one of the servants tried at the same time for they are men of credit; he is not; they have many friends, he few, and they be two to one. Thus with their determined purpose before they came to the Tower, together with their brags of estimation, they think to overthrow the whole matter.
Released from the Tower – September 15th, 1575. ]

[Epitaph of James Good Jacobus Good Dimocki in agro Gloucest. natus, oxonie collegio Magdalen. socius in studio liberalium artium educatus in medicinis doctor peritissimus, multis omnium ordinum hominibus ob egregiam medicandi scientiam, in praxi curam et diligentiam, in amicitia constantiam, in convictu facundiam et leporem, in egenos charitatem ac liberalitatem, denique inomnes begignitatem longe clarrissimus, hic requiescit. Uxorem duxit Johannam filiam Edwardi Glinto quondam Alderman oxon. ex quacumque vivens amantissime xxviii annos suscepit filios sex, filias vero quinque. Vita decessit xviii die Septembris 1581 aetatis suae anno 54o.]

(Volume I, page 58)

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