Lives of the fellows

Henry Clerke

b.c.1618 d.24 March 1686/7
MD Oxon (1652) FRS(1667) FRCP(1669) MD Cantab(1673)

Henry Clerke, MD, was the son of Thomas Clerke, of Willoughby, co Warwick, esquire, and was educated at Magdalen college, Oxford, of which house he was a fellow. He accumulated his degrees in physic, proceeded MD 27th May, 1652, and was incorporated at Cambridge in 1673. He was admitted a Candidate of the College of Physicians 5th April, 1658, and a Fellow 25th June, 1669. He was admitted a fellow of the Royal Society, 7th November, 1667.

Dr Clerke succeeded Dr Pierce as president of Magdalen college, Oxford, in 1672; and dying at Gawthorp hall, Lancashire, the seat of his son-in-law, Sir Richard Shuttleworth, 24th March, 1686-7, was buried with his ancestors in the church of Willoughby, Warwickshire, where a monument was erected, bearing the following inscription:-
Spe felicis resurrectionis
Henricus,
Thomæ Clerke de hac villâ generosi è regione tumulati filius,
Collegii Beatæ Mariæ Magdalenæ Oxonii nuper socius,
Medicinæ Doctor
et in eadem Academia per decennium prælector Anatomiæ publicus;
è Societate tam Regia quam Medicorum apud Londinenses;
Academiæ demum Vice-Cancellarius
et per quindecim annos præses Collegii Magdalenensis,
cui pacem diu desideratam restituit.
Tot muneribus perfunctus,
cælo tandem maturus,
hic inter avos, atavosque
exuvias reponi voluit
annos salutis 1687, ætat. 68.

The monument was restored a few years since at the expense of Magdalen college, of which Dr Clerke is considered for many reasons to be a great benefactor. The doctor’s portrait is in the President’s lodgings, Magdalen college.

William Munk

(Volume I, page 358)

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