Lives of the fellows

Thomas Wendy

b.? d.1560
MD Cantab(1527) FRCP(1551)

Thomas Wendy, M.D., was educated at Gonville Hall, Cambridge. Having taken his degree of M.D. abroad, he was incorporated thereon at Cambridge, in 1527. He obtained the appointment of physician to Henry VIII., who, in 1541, granted him the manor and rectory of Haslingfield, Cambridgeshire, part of the possessions of the dissolved monastery of St. Mary at York. He attested the will of that monarch, together with Dr. George Owen and Dr. Thomas Huicke. They each received a legacy of one hundred pounds. He was appointed physician to Edward VI., 13th March, 1546-7, with an annuity of one hundred pounds, and also acted in the same capacity under the queens Mary and Elizabeth. Dr. Wendy was one of the attesting witnesses to Queen Mary’s will [and also to the will of Thos Huys MD ? Mr J. C. C. Smiths notes]. On 11th November, 1548, he was appointed one of the commissioners to visit Cambridge and Eton.

He was admitted a Fellow of the College of Physicians 22nd December, 1551. “Undecimo calend. Januarias, hoc est postridie divi Thomæ Apostoli, plenis suffragiis admissus est in collegium Thomas Wende, doctor Cantabrigiensis, vir egregius atque doctus.” He became an Elect in 1552. His death, which happened in 1560, is thus recorded in the Annals: “Thomas Wendeus regius medicus, ex collegio Gonevilli et Caii in universitate Cantabrigiæ doctor, ætate, doctrinâ, gravitate, et prudentiâ insignis, anno ætatis suæ sexagesimo primo, mortem obiit Londini xj. Maii, horâ secundâ matutinâ, anno Domini 1560, et sepultus est Haselyngfeldi (prope Cantabrigiam) oppidi eodem mense.” He was buried with heraldic attendance in the church of Haslingfield on the 27th. (1) To his memory was erected in that church an altar-tomb, bearing the inscription:
“Here lieth
THOMAS WENDYE, Doctor in Phesicke,
and was buried the xxvij. daye of Maye, 1560.”

William Munk

[References: (1) Cooper’s Athenæ Cantab., vol. i, p.205.]

[See Notes & Queries, vol.196, 151, pp.287-90, 354-6; vol.200, 1955, pp.278-81 & 327-31.]

[See Vicary (T.), Anatomie of the bodie of Man. 1888, p.235.]

[P. cf Robert Huicke, p.32]

(Volume I, page 50)

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