Lives of the fellows

Mark Ridley

b.1559 d.c.1623/4
AB Cantab(1580) AM(1584) MD LRCP(1590) FRCP(1594)

Mark Ridley, MD, was the son of Lancelot Ridley, rector of Stretham near Ely, and was baptized there in 1559. He was educated at Clare Hall, Cambridge, as a member of which he proceeded AB 1580, AM 1584. As a master of arts he was admitted a Licentiate of the College of Physicians 25th September, 1590. We gather from the Annals that on the 7th April, 1592, he had already taken the degree of doctor of medicine in his own university, but he was not admitted a Fellow of the College until the 28th May, 1594. Immediately after this he proceeded to Russia as physician to the English merchants trading there, and chief physician to the Czar, Bov[r]is Godunoff. For the latter office he was chosen by Lord Burghley, who recommended him as a man learned and expert in his profession. He became a great favourite at the court, and remained in Russia four years. After the death of his royal patient, he was recalled by Queen Elizabeth, and permission was granted him to return to his native country by the Czar’s successor, who, at the time of taking leave of Dr Ridley, gave it to be understood, that if in future any English physician, apothecary, or other learned personage should desire to come to Russia, he might depend upon a kind reception, due maintenance, and a free permission to return home. On Dr Ridley’s return to England, he fixed himself in London; was appointed Censor in 1607, 1609, 1610, 1611, 1612, 1613, 1615, 1618; Elect, 20th September, 1609, on the death of Dr Wilkinson; Treasurer, 2nd April, 1610, and again in 1620; Consiliarius, 1612, 1613, 1614, 1616, 1617, 1621. He was dead on the 14th February, 1623-4, when Dr Gwinne was named Elect in his place. An engraved portrait of Dr Ridley is extant. We have from his pen –
A Short Treatise of Magnetical Bodies and Motions. 4to. Lond. 1613.
Animadervsions on a late work, entitled Magnetical Advertisement; or Observations on the Nature and Properties of the Loadstone. 4to. Lond. 1617.

William Munk

(Volume I, page 106)

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