Lives of the fellows

Thomas Nurse

b.1598 d.9 June 1667
MB LRCP(1640/1) MD Oxon(1641)

Thomas Nurse, MD, was matriculated at Oxford as a member of Lincoln college 5th May, 1615, and as of co Leicester. He took his degree of bachelor of medicine 20th November, 1626, had a licence from the university to practise, and was, on the 8th February, 1640-1, admitted a Licentiate of the College of Physicians. He proceeded doctor of medicine at Oxford 13th July, 1641, but was never admitted a Candidate or Fellow. He was, according to Wood, an eminent physician of his time, and was of great practice in the city of Westminster, especially after his Majesty’s restoration. He died 9th June, 1667, aged sixty-nine years, and was buried on the 12th of that month in the east cloisters of the abbey church of St Peter’s, Westminster, where he is commemorated by the following inscription: -
Hic jacet Thomas Nurse, MD
Vide spectator, hoc spectaculum;
Judica, sed ut te judicaberis.
Discede et cogita.
Ob: Anno Dom 1667
Mensis Jun: die 9, ætatis suæ 69.

His will dated 1 March, 1661-2, with a codicil dated 24 December, 1662, was proved 25th June, 1667, by his relict Susan and his son Walter. In it he states that his tombstone with the above inscription was already prepared and paid for at a stone-cutter’s in St Andrews, Holborn.(1)

William Munk

[(1) Chester’s Westminster Abbey Register, p.166.]

(Volume I, page 230)

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