Lives of the fellows

John Symings

b.? d.7 July 1588
MD Bologna MD Oxon(1554) FRCP(1555)

John Symings, M.D., was educated at Oxford, but in which college or hall, Wood says, he could not discover. He graduated at Bologna; and on 14th July, 1554, was admitted to, or incorporated on, the same degree at Oxford. He was admitted a Fellow of the College of Physicians 18th October, 1555; was Censor 1556, 1557, 1558, 1559, 1560, 1561, 1564; Elect 20th November, 1558, in place of Dr. George Owen, deceased; Consiliarius, 1562, 1563, 1570; pro-President, 1564; and President in 1569 and 1572. [He is mentioned in the work of William Clowes surgeon to St Bartholomew's hospital who tells us that our doctor had a maxim he used to quote and we may assume ? to act on: “?”] He died 7th July, 1588, at his house in Little St. Bartholomew's, Smithfield, and was buried in the church there.

William Munk

[Dr Symings (or Symonds), the queen's physician, was summoned to attend Lady Katherine Grey during her last illness, but could only confirm her approaching death. DAVEY (Richard) The sisters of Lady Jane Grey. 1911. p.231 and p.237n.]

[See Notes and Queries, 1926, cL, 347-8. Extracts from doc. in Public Record Office re lawsuit concerning lands & tenements of John Symings, Dr. of Physick.]

[and N & Q, vol.199, Oct & Nov 54, pp.421-4 & 465-7.]

[P: alias Symondes. See Goodall, p.316.]

[For marriage to John Donne (father of the poet) see 'notes and queries,' October 1959, pp.348-53x.] [Correction to this entry - should read 'For marriage to the widow of John Donne's father...']

[P. State Papers 1568, Jan 11, “Lady Catherine Grevill wants Dr. Symonds to visit her.”]

(Volume I, page 54)

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