Lives of the fellows

Richard Bartlot

b.c.1470 d.1556/7
MB Oxon MD FRCP

Richard Bartlot, [Bartlett] M.D. - Being then master of arts and a fellow of All Souls' College, he was in 1503 [1508] admitted bachelor of physic at Oxford. On the 3rd November, 1508, he supplicated to proceed in physic, "but whether," says Wood, (1) "he was admitted, or did really proceed, does not, by the neglect of the Registrar, appear." He was the first Fellow admitted into the College of Physicians, but the date of his admission is not recorded. He was appointed Elect in 1523; was six times Consiliarius: viz. 1526, 1529, 1530, 1541, 1545, 1546; Censor in 1542; and he filled the office of President, in 1527, 1528, 1531, 1548. He died in 1556-7, at his house in Blackfriars, London, and was buried in the church of St. Bartholomew the Great, Smithfield. "This good and venerable old man," says Dr. Caius, "very famous for his learning, great knowledge, and experience in physic, died in the eighty-seventh year of his age, at whose funeral the President and College attended; it being the first time that the statute book of the college, adorned with silver, was carried before the President." (2)

Dr. Bartlot left a basin and ewer of silver to All Souls' College, and not long before his death was a contributor, with Sir W. Petre, Sir J. Mason, Bishop Pole, and others, to the building of the warden's new lodgings. He possessed lands in Cadesdon and Denton, Oxfordshire, and Edgware, Middlesex; the last named he granted to All Souls' College, by his deed dated 7th May, 2 & 3 Philip & Mary, in consideration that daily masses should be celebrated in the chapel for the souls of himself, his wife Anne, &c. The salary of the celebrating priest was 20d. per week, or 5s. 8d. per month. [His will at Somerset House fo. 25 Nooder (?). Mr J C C Smith's notes.]

William Munk

[(1) Fasti Oxon, vol.i, p. 647.
(2) "Richardus Bartlot, Doctor et Elector, bonus et venerandus senex, doctrinâ et longo medicinæ usu insignis, duodec. calend. Februarii, horâ tertiâ bene mane obiit diem, anno ætatis suæ octogesimo septimo, sepultus decimo calend. ejusdem mensis, in cujus pompa funebri gestatur primo est ante Presidentem Liber Statutorum argento ornatus. Inhumantus est autem apud S. Bartholomæum Majorem." Annales, vol i.]

(Volume I, page 23)

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