Lives of the fellows

Thomas Lodge

b.? d.September 1625
AB Oxon(1577) MD Avignon MD Oxon(1602) LRCP(1609/10)

Thomas Lodge, MD, was descended from a family in Lincolnshire. He was educated at Merchant Taylors’ school, and in 1573 was entered a scholar of Trinity college, Oxford. After he had taken the first degree in arts, 8th July, 1577, he proceeded to London, associated much with the poets of his day, became a frequent writer, and, as Wood says, “was esteemed the best for satyr among Englishmen. At length, his mind growing more serious, he studied physic, for the improvement of which he travelled beyond the seas, took the degree of MD at Avignon, and on the 25th October, 1602, was incorporated at Oxford.

He then settled in town, and became much frequented in practice, especially by the Roman Catholics, of which number he was by many suspected to be one, and was as much cried up to his last for physic, as he was in his younger days for his poetical fancy.” Dr Lodge was admitted a Licentiate of the College of Physicians, 9th March, 1609-10, and on the 1st January, 1611-12, with other Licentiates, took the oath of allegiance to the king at the College.

His religion, probably, was the cause of his not having been admitted a Candidate or Fellow, to which his incorporation at Oxford would otherwise have given him a claim. He resided first in Warwick-lane, but shortly before his death, which occurred in September, 1625, he had removed to the parish of St Mary Magdalene, Old Fish-street.

He was a very prolific writer, as may be seen from the following list given by Wood:-
Alarum against Userers, containing tried experiences against worldly abuses. Lond. 4to. 1584.
History of Forbenius and Prisæria, with Truth’s Complaint over England. Euphues’ Golden Legacy, found after his death in his cell at Silexedra, bequeathed to Philautus’ Sonnes, nursed up with their Father in England. Lond. 4to. 1590.
The Woundes of a Civil War, lively set out in the true tragedies of Marius and Scilla. Lond. 4to. 1594.
A Fig for Momus.
Looking-glass for London. An historical comedy.
Liberality and Prodigality. A comedy.
Lady Alimony. A comedy.
Luminalia. A maske.
Laws of Nature. A comedy.
Assisted in the six last by Robert Greene, AM Cantab, who is accounted the half author of them.
Treatise of the Plague, containing the nature, signs, and accidents of the same. Lond. 4to. 1603.
Countess of Lincoln’s Nursery. Oxon. 4to. 1622.
He translated -
Josephus, History and Antiquities of the Jews. Lond. Fol. 1602.
The Works, both moral and natural, of L A Seneca. Lond. Fol. 1614.
He likewise published a treatise in defence of plays, and certain pastoral songs and madrigals.

William Munk

(Volume I, page 155)

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