Lives of the fellows

Martin Llewellyn

b.12 December 1616 d.17 March 1681
AM Oxon(1643) MD(1653) FRCP(1659)

Martin Llewellyn, MD, was born in London on the 12th December, 1616, and on the 22nd was baptized at Little St Bartholomew’s, Smithfield. He was educated at St Peter’s, Westminster, and in 1636 was elected a student of Christ church, Oxford. “He took the two degrees in arts, that of master being completed in 1643, at which time he was bearing arms for his Majesty, and was at length a captain. In 1648 he was ejected by the visitors appointed by parliament, so that afterwards going to the great city, he then prosecuted his genius as much to physic, as before it had to poetry.

In 1653 he obtained the favour of the men in power then in the university to be admitted doctor of physic, and so consequently took the oaths that were then required, and afterwards became Fellow of the College of Physicians.” (He was admitted a Candidate 24th September, 1653, and a Fellow 27th May, 1659.) “In 1660 he was sworn physician to his Majesty, at that time newly returned to his kingdom, and in the same year was made principal of the hall of St Mary the Virgin, and one of the commissioners appointed by the king for regulating the university of Oxford, in which office he showed himself active enough.

In 1664 he left the university, and, settling with his wife and family at Great Wycombe, practised his faculty there, was made a justice of the peace for the county of Buckingham, and in 1671 was elected mayor of the town. He wrote -
Men Miracles: a Poem. Divers Poems. Satyrs. Elegies. Divine Poems. Printed 1656. 8vo.
Verses on the Return of King Charles II, James Duke of York, and Henry Duke of Gloucester. London. 1660. Folio.
Elegy on the Death of Henry, Duke of Gloucester. Lond. 1660.
Wickham Wakened; or, the Quaker’s Madrigal, in rhyme dogrell. 4to. 1672. This was written while he was mayor of Wycombe, against a practitioner of physic who was a Quaker, and took much from his practice.

He died on the 17th March, 1681, and was buried in the north aisle of the chancel of the church of Great Wycombe. Over his grave is the following inscription:-
Hic jacet
MARTINUS LLEWELYN, eruditus Medicinæ Doctor,
ex Æde Christi olim alumnus,
sæviente Civilis belli incendio
(dum Oxonium præsidio muniebatur)
cohorti Academicorum fideli Præfectus erat
adversus ingruentum Rebellium ferociam:
posteaquam sereniss: Carolo secundo inter juratos medicus
et Colleg. Med. Lond. Socius,
Aulæ Sanctæ Mariæ dudum Principalis,
dein hujusce Comitatûs Irenarcha necnon municipii hujus semel
Regiæ authoritatis et religionis Eccles. Angliæ
legibus stabilitæ strenuus assertor,
inconcussus amator,
celeberrimus insignis poeta,
qui res egregias et sublimes
pari ingenio et facundiâ depinxit.
Bino matrimonio fælix septem liberos superstites reliquit,
Lætitiam et Martinum ex priore,
Georgium, Ricardum et Mauritium, Martham et Mariam ex
nuper amantissimâ conjuge, Georgii Long de Penn Generosi filiâ.
Heu! quam caduca corporis humani fabrica,
qui toties morbos fugavit,
ipse tandem morbo succumbit anhelus,
doctorum et proborum maximum desiderium.
Obiit xvij. Martii MDCLXXXI., annoque ætatis lxvj.(1)

William Munk

[References:(1) Wood’s Athenæ Oxon.]

(Volume I, page 293)

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