Lives of the fellows

John Raven

b.? d.1636
AB Cantab(1603) AM(1607) MD(1614) FRCP(1616)

John Raven, MD – A native of Suffolk; educated at Trinity college, Cambridge, as a member of which he proceeded AB 1603; AM 1607; MD 1614. He was admitted a Candidate of the College of Physicians 9th April, 1616, and a Fellow 5th July, 1616; was Censor in 1622, 1626; and Anatomy Reader in 1631. Dr Raven was physician to the queen of James I. He quitted London in 1636, on account of the plague which was then raging, and withdrew to his native place, Hadleigh, in Suffolk, where he died, and was buried on the 5th October, 1636: “Octobris 5, Johan’es Raven, Medicinæ Doctor ex Collegio Londinensi, huc secedens propter pestem Londinii obortam, intra domū quondā partis suamque, in eodem in quo primā lucem viderat cubiculo, animā Deo reddidit. Ex testamento legavit pauperibus avi sui eleemosynariis 50 li. Sepultus est (ita statuente Rectore) intra cancellos, per hæredem filium marmore tengendus.” No monument is now in existence.(1)

William Munk

[(1) “Dr Raven,” writes Hamey, “specie, amictu, praxi, reique domesticæ lautitiâ è Collegis præstantioribus, vivere desiit circa finem Septembris 1636, famâ non omninò integrâ, ob secundas parùm secondè, ne dicam turpiter, sollicitatas nuptias: prædamque postea, spectante et vapulante corvo, aufurente frigillâ.” The precise occurrence to which Hamey here alludes is mentioned in “The Diary of John Rous,” p.34, Camden Society, to which I refer those of my readers desirous of fuller particulars.]

(Volume I, page 168)

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