Lives of the fellows

Richard Smith

b.? d.c.1603
MD Oxon FRCP

Richard Smith, M.D. (Oxon.), was a doctor of medicine of Oxford, and a Fellow of the College of Physicians, admitted about the same time as Dr. Atslowe. He was Censor in 1569, 1570, 1571, 1572; Consiliarius, 1581; and, with the exception of the two years, 1583 and 1588, was annually re-appointed until 1594. He was also an Elect, but the date of his appointment I do not discover. He retired into the country in 1601, as we learn from the following entry, 3o Aug., 1602: “In istis comitiis, cæteris omnibus sociis semotis, D. Præsidens, Dr. Baronsdale, Dr. Marbeck, Dr. Langton, quatuor nimirum Electi, eligebant Dr. Atkins pro Electo, in locum Dris Smith, qui nuper reliquit hanc civitatem, et discessit cum pannis ut loquuntur, et totâ familiâ in alias partes hujus regni, et jam abfuit per integrum annum.”

[In Davie Jones ‘List of the names & addresses of certain papists in London’ in 1578 he appears as “Dr. Smith a physician, a little square black broad faced man who was beyond the seas with Sir Francis Englefield and came over about three years ago, his house in Christ Church by Newgate.” Vide Foley’s Records of the English Province of the Society of Jesus. 8oo Lond. Vol.1, 1877, p.48] Dr. Smith, who was [indeed] a zealous Catholic, had been an active opposer of the Reformation, and upon that account was leave England. He must have done so prior to the above entry in our Annals; for we learn from Dodd (1) that he was already settled at Douay in July, 1602. There he was visited, on the 23rd of that month, by his nephew and namesake, Dr. Richard Smith, subsequently the celebrated bishop of Chalcedon. Our physician did not long survive his exile, for his reverend nephew, who, during his stay of Douay, had read lectures on controversy in the English college, abruptly broke them off upon his uncle’s death and set out for England 14th January, 1603.

William Munk

[(1) Church History, vol. ii, p.155]

[Letter re receiving King’s Pardon, Nov.1552. (Hist. MSS. Comm., Salisbury MSS., i, 100-101.)]

(Volume I, page 67)

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