Lives of the fellows

William (Sir) Waldegrave

b.? d.?
MD Padua(1659) Hon FRCP(1664)

Sir William Waldegrave, MD, was one of a family long settled at Chewton in Somersetshire. He was a doctor of medicine of Padua of 12th March, 1659; and was admitted an Honorary Fellow of the College of Physicians in December, 1664. He was created a Fellow of the College, by the charter of James II, anno 1686; but was not, so far as I can gather, present, and admitted as such at the Comitia Majora Extraordinaria of 12th April, 1687, which was specially convened for the reception of the Charter and the admission of those who were thereby constituted Fellows.

Sir William Waldegrave was, on the 1st July, 1689, returned to the House of Lords by the College as a “papist,” in common with several other physicians. He was physician to the queen of James II, and, as we learn from Bishop Burnet, was hastily summoned, along with Dr Scarburgh, to her Majesty, in 1688, shortly before the birth of the prince of Wales, when she was in danger of miscarrying.

William Munk

(Volume I, page 335)

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