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MARWOOD, Thomas (d 1667)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0113 MS-MARWT
Held at: Royal College of Physicians
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Full title: MARWOOD, Thomas (d 1667)
Date(s): c 1625-1635
Level of description: fonds
Extent: 1 item
Name of creator(s): Marwood | Thomas | d 1667 | physician to King James I


Administrative/Biographical history:

Thomas Marwood was physician to James I. Dr William Munk, who made an exhaustive study of the manuscript doubted the authorship of Dr Marwood, and rather favoured the suggestion that 'the volume is really neither more nor less than the daily entry book of a leading and fashionable Apothecary in London, containing the copies in extenso of the prescriptions he compounded for the physicians who patronised and the persons who employed him. He may even have been 'Apothecary to the Person.' As such he would have been in immediate attendance on the king, as glysters and cupping had to be employed. Or lastly, the report of the illness and of the post-mortem examination may have been merely copied by the writer of the volume from the notes of one of the many physicians who were present throughout. It is clear that the author of the report was a medical man, and one thoroughly conversant with the habits of the king and the king and the whole course of his illness'.


Scope and content/abstract:

Case book, with account of last illness and post mortem of King James I, attributed to Thomas Marwood, c 1625.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Single item

Conditions governing access:


Conditions governing reproduction:

All requests should be referred to the Archivist.

Finding aids:

Available at the Royal College of Physicians.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Sometime in the possession of the Marwoods of Honiton, Devon.

Immediate source of acquisition:

Presented by the Misses Munk, 1922.

Allied Materials

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Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Imported from the RCP's Adlib catalogue; edited by Sarah Drewery.

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives, Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
Aug 2008

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