Lives of the fellows

Samuel Collins

b.1617 d.1685
AB Cantab(1638) AM(1642) LRCP(1644) MD(1648) MD Oxon(1650) FRCP(1651)

Samuel Collins, MD, was a son of Daniel Collins, sometime fellow of King’s college, Cambridge, and vice provost of Eton. Our physician was born at Tring in Hertfordshire and educated at Eton. He was admitted a scholar of King’s college, Cambridge, in 1634, a fellow of that house, 1637. He proceeded AB 1638, and on the 1st June, 1639, being then twenty-two years of age, was entered on the physic line at Leyden. He proceeded master of arts at Cambridge in 1642, and, as such, was admitted a Licentiate of the College of Physicians 5th August, 1644. On the 14th October, 1648, it was agreed that the examinations he had passed for Licentiate should serve him for Candidate. He graduated MD at Cambridge 4th October, 1648, and on the 27th July, 1649, was admitted a Candidate of the College of Physicians, and a Fellow 25th June, 1651. Dr Collins was incorporated at Oxford, on his doctor's degree, in May, 1650; and about that time was, by the favour of the visitors, elected fellow of New college. He settled in London, was appointed Censor in 1659, 1669, 1679; was Harveian orator in 1665, and again in 1682, Gulstonian lecturer in 1675, and Registrar from June 26, 1682, to his death, which occurred in the summer (sub medium Junii writes Dr Middleton Massey), of 1685. He was buried at Cowley, Middlesex, on the 11th June. (1)

William Munk

[(1) This Samuel Collins, MD, is not to be confounded as I, following Wood and other authorities, did in the former edition of The Roll, with another Samuel Collins, MD, who was for many years physician to the Czar, and the author of a history of Russia. He was the eldest son of Samuel Collins, vicar of Braintree, in Essex, was admitted of Corpus Christi college, Cambridge, in 1635, but took no degree in that university. He is supposed to have graduated at Padua, and was incorporated at Oxford 5th May, 1659. He was for some years at Moscow, in the capacity of physician to the Czar. Of all the physicians who had then been known in Russia, Dr Collins is reputed to have been, without exception, the most celebrated. He accompanied the Imperial commissary Gebdon to Moscow, who had been sent to Holland and other countries to procure celebrated men for the Czar’s service. He practised eight years at the Imperial court and received great honours and rewards. Shortly after his return from Russia, he visited France, and died at Paris 26th October, 1670, in the 51styear of his age. He is commemorated by the following inscription at Braintree Church:
This grate was ordered to be set up by the last will and testament of Samuel Collins, late Dr in Physick, eldest son to Mr Samuel Collins, here under buryed, who served about eight years as principall Physician to the Great Czar, or Emperor of Russia, and after his returne from thence - taking a journey into France dyed at Paris, Octr 26, 1670, being the 51st year of his age.
Mors requies perigrinantibus.
The year after his death there appeared from his pen “The History of the.Present State of Russia in a Letter to a Friend at London: written by an Eminent Person residing at the Great Czar’s Court of Muscovy for the space of nine years. Illustrated with many copper-plates.” 8vo, Lond. 1671.]

(Volume I, page 264)

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