Lives of the fellows

John Clarke

b.? d.30 April 1653
AB Cantab(1603) AM(1608) MD(1615) FRCP(1617)

John Clarke, M.D., [His name is really “Clerke” so he signs the book of the statutes] was born at Brooke Hall, Wethersfield, county Essex, an estate which had been in his family for many generations (1), and was educated at Christ’s college, Cambridge. As a member of that house he proceeded A.B. 1603, A.M. 1608, M.D. 1615, was admitted a Candidate of the College of Physicians 30th September 1617, and a Fellow, 28th November, 1622. He was Censor in 1639, 1640, 1641, 1642, 1644; Elect, 2nd September, 1641; Consiliarius, 1642, 1643, 1644, 1650, 1651, 1652; Treasurer, 1643, 1644; and President, 1645, 1646, 1647, 1648, 1649. [In 1634 Aug 7, he was appointed assistant to Harvey at St. Bartholomew’s and some time after “full phys” to that Hospital. In 1648 Dr. Micklethwaite, who married his daughter was appointed his assistant at St. Bartholomew’s.]

Dr. Clarke purchased the reversion of the manor of Wethersfield, which descended to his son and heir, Joseph Clarke, of Lincoln’s-inn, Esq. He died 30th April, 1653, and was buried in the church of St. Martin, Ludgate. His portrait is at the College. It was presented in 1709 by his grand-daughter, Ann, the daughter of Sir John Micklethwaite, M.D.(2)

William Munk

[(1) Morant’s Essex, vol.ii, p.372.
(2) “Johannes Clarkius electus est medicorum præses, nullô ex-præsidum in vivis præter unum Meverellum valetudinarium, hunc Magistratum quinqui-plicavit atque illo spacio Triggium agyrtam ad causam coegit, vicitque. Idem Pharmacopœiam nostram curavit recudendam; opusque gnaviter urgente ipsô, et Collegis, serio exequemtibus; mihique sigillatim præter cætera, datâ curâ novandi tituli, et scribendæ epistolæ cum epilogo ad lectorem; meritò præ muneris, sui excellentia, primum in hac recenti editione obtinuit locum, qui nullum in priori habuerat; et, ut in Regestro nostro præsens ubique legeretur et, præses qui prius, in eodem præ muniis mediis rarissimè occurrebant: me denique eodem tempore ad præstandum Sociorum sollenne pensum anatomicum evocavit. Sub finem antem anni quinquagesimi, dignitate hac cessit et vitâ suâ, vix elapso post, triennio. Defunctum prosecuti sunt Collegæ, debito honore, et latis longisque fasciis è syndone donati ad singulorum pileos è domo sua ad Divi Martini Ludgate, deduxerunt.” – Bustorum aliquot Reliquiæ, authore Baldv. Hamey.]

(Volume I, page 180)

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