Lives of the fellows

William Ramesey

b.? d.?
Ex LRCP(1661) MD Cantab(1668)

William Ramesey, MD – Of this prolific writer I can recover but few particulars. He was certainly of Scotch extraction. His father probably came to England in the suite of James I, as he held some appointment in the bed-chamber and privy-chamber of that monarch, as he did also in that of his son and successor, Charles I. Both father and son would seem to have suffered in their fortunes, for their loyalty – a fact to which the attention of Charles II is pointedly directed in the dedication of one of the works mentioned beneath. Dr Ramesey was admitted an Extra-Licentiate of the College of Physicians 31st July, 1661. He was already a doctor of medicine of Montpelier, when, in June, 1668, he was created doctor of medicine at Cambridge by royal mandate. He evidently practised for some time in London, but in 1668, when his Elminthologia was published, was settled in Plymouth. At that time he held the appointment of physician in ordinary to Charles II. Watt (Bibl. Brit.) gives the following list of his publications:-
Christian Judicial Theology vindicated and Demonology confuted. Lond. 1651. 12mo.
Vox Stellarum, or Astrological Predictions for the year 1651. Lond. 1652. 12mo.
A short discourse of the Eclipse of the Sun, March 29, 1652. Lond. 1652. 12mo.
Astrologia Restaurata, or Astrology Restored: in foure bookes. Lond. 1653. Folio.
Man’s Dignity and Perfection vindicated, wherein is demonstrated that the Soule of man is extraduced and begotten by the parents. Lond. 1661. 12mo.
A Discourse of Poysons. Lond. 1663. 12mo.
Ελμινθολογια: or Physical Observations concerning Worms in Men’s Bodies. Lond. 1668. 8vo.
The Gentleman’s Companion, or a Character of true Nobility. London, 1672. 8vo.

William Munk

(Volume I, page 303)

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