Lives of the fellows

John Windebanke

b.1618 d.1704
MD Oxon(1654) Hon FRCP(1680)

John Windebanke, MD, was the fifth, but fourth surviving son of Sir Francis Windebanke, secretary of state to Charles I. He was baptized at St Margaret’s, Westminster, 11th June, 1618, and was matriculated at Oxford as a member of New college, of which house he subsequently became a fellow. In due course he took the two degrees in arts, but was actually created doctor of medicine 5th April, 1654, in virtue of the chancellor’s (Oliver Cromwell’s) letters, which stated that “since he hath left the university he hath spent some time in foreign parts in the study of physic, and hath been a practitioner in that faculty for some years with much credit and reputation.”

Dr Windebanke practised at Guildford, Surrey, and was admitted an Honorary Fellow of the College of Physicians 30th September, 1680. He was buried on the 16th August, 1704, in the south cloister of Westminster abbey. His will, wherein he is described as of St Martin’s-in-the-Fields, is dated 17th February, 1703-4, and was proved 15th August following.(1)

William Munk

[(1) Chester’s Westminster Abbey Registers, p.254.]

(Volume I, page 409)

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