Lives of the fellows

Thomas Grent

b.? d.11 December 1649
MD Oxon FRCP(1623)

Thomas Grent, MD, a doctor of medicine of Oxford (New college), was admitted a Candidate of the College of Physicians 10th April, 1620, and a Fellow 28th May, 1623. He was physician to St Thomas’s hospital, and physician to either the king or queen, but I am not sure which. He died 11th December, 1649, in great poverty. The College, at the comitia majora extraordinaria of 13th December, 1649, voted to his widow a moiety of the profits to accrue from the second “London Pharmacopœia:” “Halfe of the money due for the ‘Dispensatory’ was by the Colledge given to Mrs Grent, in regard of her husband Dr Grent, his great poverty at his death.”(1)

William Munk

[(1) Dr Hamey draws anything but a pleasing picture of this physician: “Vixit sine seniorum gratiâ, et, quod facilè sequitur, sine juvenum reverentiâ. Nec felicitate usus est majore apud cives; cùm enim ibi Nosocomii Divi Thomæ esset medicus, idique munus obtinuisset non Curatorum suffragiis, sed ex improviso, per Regis mandatum (quod facilè erat impetratu, pro gratiâ, quâ apud Regem erta Comitissa Denbighiana, et quâ vicissim apud illam, affinem suam et pridem heram Doctoris hujus uxor,) accidit, ut ejus loci Præfectis minùs acceptus esset, et præter modicum Hospitii salarium, vix quicquam ultra lucraretur: non quod eximiè illiteratus esset, sed (ut ajebant) insulsus; non quod indiligens, sed modi nescius, et blaterando proximus futilitati.”]

(Volume I, page 184)

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