Lives of the fellows

Richard Robinson

b.? d.30 January 1732/3
MD Cantab(1681) FRS(1681) FRCP(1687)

Richard Robinson, MD, was admitted a Candidate of the College of Physicians 30th September, 1680, and in the following year was created doctor of medicine at Cambridge, by royal mandate. On the 30th November, 1681, he was admitted a fellow of the Royal Society. On the 13th April, 1685, there is in the Annals the following entry: “Richardus Robinson, rogans ut in Sociorum numerum asciscatur, quatenus Candidatorum senior (deficientibus nonnullis haud ita pridem) quia nunquam in academiâ ullâ institutus et educatus fuerat, quod vel maximè requirunt literæ nuperæ Regiæ, a Collegii societate abdicatur.” Dr Robinson was created a Fellow of the College by the charter of James II, and was admitted as such 12th April, 1687.(1) He died 30th January, 1732-3, being then the senior fellow of the College.

William Munk

[(1) “1687, Aprilis xii. Hodie diploma Regium Jacobi Secundi, Regis nostri serenissimi et potentissimi, illatum fuit, et à Præside, reliquisque Sociis prædictis, togatis solenniter acceptum. Qui omnes, præeunte posteà viatore seu bedello, rectâ viâ sese in Theatrum reciperunt. Ubi eleganti oratione priùs habitâ à Præside: is ipse primum, prout cautum erat à diplomate, à duobus electis, Dre Charlton et Dre Rogers juratus est, posteà ab ipso similiter omnes officiales. Tandem ad epulas ovantes omnes festinabant, quibus cautè sed et sobriè transactis Rex singulis cyathis bibebatur.” - Annales, v. 36.]

(Volume I, page 442)

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