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CASE75827: Prescription for Lady Magdalen Egerton (PERSON48400) and Lady Alice Egerton [Young Lady Alice Bridgewater] (PERSON48397)

Question asked by Mr Richard Napier [Sandy] [Richard Napier [Senior]] (PERSON5218) on 1 November 1632 at 15:30

RN for the lady Magd Edgerton 16 y novēb. 1. h. 3. 30 p m 1632 when they are to goe home |{sic} vom 2 vomyts|

  • 1 Reg gr iiij cal aromat j
  • another sutch.
  • 2 clyst o{rdring} pils
  • 3 spl. ij rud j olei {nyist} git liij
  • another sutch

{illeg}|Th|e lady Alce Edg. 13. y a|2| vomyts {illeg}|f|or every month on

gr iij aromat ros j two sutch pils for twice

pil fætid ʒß Rud ß. olei {nyist} gut ij

another sutch

a purg dyet Drink for boath the Ladyes

Sene iiij turb Agarick rub an j h{enu}d ij Arist rotūd rub {tnct {sic}} an j I{av}{illeg} |Im| berys ii|j|ij sem peon ij dill seeds ij mugw Calaynt {sic} briony roots an ij eulacāp Angel canded an ij polip ij brusc j sass. calans an ij cinam ij nutmegs ij in 5 gallons sem anisi licor an iiij

a Ring for the Lady Alice & a pomander of for the lady magd on sonday next

Transcribed entry from MS Ashmole 214, p. 116 (upper left part of page)

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CASE77093: Horary consultation concerning Lady Magdalen Egerton (PERSON48400)

Question asked by Mr Richard Napier [Sandy] [Richard Napier [Senior]] (PERSON5218) on 28 April 1633 at 13:00

RN Quæritr: vtrū lady magdalen vnquā recuperabit salutē Ap 28 h. 1 p m 1633.

[Astrological Chart]

Transcribed entry from MS Ashmole 211, p. 78 (upper right part of page)

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CASE78412: Prescription for Lady Magdalen Egerton (PERSON48400) and Lady Alice Egerton [Young Lady Alice Bridgewater] (PERSON48397)

Question asked by Mr Richard Napier [the nephew] [Sir Richard Napier] (PERSON18784) on 13 May 1633

SRN For the Lady Magdalen Egerton May 13. . 1633.

Pills of Rud. ij Aloes j Salis gem. gr. iiij./ iiij in all.

For a Decoction.

Sene iß Turb. iß Agarick Me{choii}. Rhab an ʒvj. Myrab. cheb. crit. an j. Hermod. ij. Licoras Anys. an jß in 6. pints of water & 2 pints of white wyne to Halfe Colatr. iiij Syr. de 5 rad. & ros. an. ij.


The dyet drink to be brued in C{ang}. v. of Ale wort.

Sene vj rhab. Agar. turb. an. iß Calam. Aromat. sassaf. Sarsap. an. ij. Licoras sen. Anglj. an. iiij. cinamom. nuttmeg an. ß citr. Leon pils. an. ʒij sant. albj & Citr. an ʒij.

for Vomitts

Elect. . gr. iiijß some 8 sutch.

Blystering playsters for 4 tymes.


40 Leaches. for sundry tymes.

For the \Lady/ Alice Egerton her vomits

Elect. gr. ijß. 6 dosis.

her pills

pil Splen. ʒß salis ge{m}{m} gr. iiij.

for 8 tymes.

Transcribed entry from MS Ashmole 211, p. 512 (upper left, and upper right parts of page)

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CASE80043: Prescription for Lady Magdalen Egerton (PERSON48400) and Lady Alice Egerton [Young Lady Alice Bridgewater] (PERSON48397)

Question asked by Mr Richard Napier [Sandy] [Richard Napier [Senior]] (PERSON5218) on 14 May 1633

RN A note of Directions for the noble lady Magdalen Egerton may 14th 1633.

first give{illeg} \her/ onc a weeke 5 pils especially 2 or 3 days before the new moone & the full moone

But in case the flushing should come, observe the former directions & doe as you have seene me to doe

{illeg}|Th|at is give her a clyster. of Hamec the weight of six sixpences. that is thre shillings {illeg}|m|ixing it with Ierapicra cōposita the weight of twelfe pence sweete {illeg}|b|utter on sponefull salt a sponefull.

And that night apply a pigeon slitte the bloody te to the soales of the feete to each foote going to her bed & halfe a pigeon to the nape of the neck.

In the morning apply give her 5 pils very early to sleepe on them. or els another clyster as you did before in the after noone betwixt 3 & 4. & pigeons agayne to the soales of her feete

onc a fortnight you may apply to the outsyde of the foote |right leg| two leaches. & a week after two leaches to the outsyde of the left leg. this to prvent

But if the flushing heate will not leave her suddenly then it is good to apply 4 leaches to the emrod vaynes.

onc in a month it weare very behoofehull {sic} to take four graynes of the vomyting pouder & to soake it all night in thre onces of white {illeg}|w|yne on the gentle hot embers then in the morning to passe it thorough a lynen cloath into a cup & to Drink it fasting all at once & hot buttered posset Drink always after casting

If at any tyme you feare yt her flushing heate will come on her. then you may be pleased to give her a vomyte to evacuate the humours. & a cl{illeg} washing clyster of clere hot posset Drink 3 quarters of a pint, sweete butter two sponefuls Hony a sponefull & white salt a sponefull. & if you please the next day about four of the clock a purging clyster of hamec & Ierapicra wch is before described

If it so happen yt before you can make ready this purging dyet Drink wch followeth the flushing heate should Bine \be feared/

Brine four \or five/ gallons of good Ale worte & when it is tūned into a fitting & a convenient barle Then Take of Sene six onces, of rubarbe, Agarick, turbith of each on once \sliced/ a halfe. & of Calamus aromaticus, sassafras, sarzaperilla of each two onces sliced licoras anys seedes of each sliced & bruised four onces, cinamon nutmeg of each brused halfe an once citron & lemon pils of each a quarter of an once whit & yellow sanders sliced of each a quarter of an once, Divide all the stuffe into 3 lynen bags having a peeble stone in each bag after it is a weeke old, Drink of it liberally as you Did wth vs & eate no flesh. till it hath d|w|rought well/ you may Drink hot posset Drinke to set it a working. & may dyne wth potched egs & so m{illeg} it at sup.

If I say you cā not prpare this purging dyet drink soone inough to prvent her infirmity. Then be pleased to make this purging Decoction following

Take of Sene on once & a halfe turbith on once & a halfe, Agarick mechoicā & rubarbe of each six Drams the Weight of a dram is about six pence, mirabolans Called Chelulæ & Citrini of each on once all fynely sliced. hermedactils two onces sliced, licoras & anys seeds of each an ounce & a halfe boyle all these in six pints of water & two pints of white wyne boyle it to halfe strayne it. of this the lady Magdalen is to take six onces & to adde to it two sponefuls of syrope of roses & to Drink it for 3 mornings but the lady Alce is to take but four onces of this licour & to adde to it two sponefuls of syrope of roses.

The oyntment we vsed to ye lady Magdalen was cōpounded of oyle of lillyes two onces of Capons greace two sponefuls of oynt|ment of| Dialthea a sponefull all weare melted & so vsed

& also her former playster some 3 onces eyther to be applyed {be}t{wix}t her shoulders & also the soales of her feete & on of those playsters to be applyed to the lady Ac|l|ces splene.

For the Lady Alce

When you shall see especiall cause they {sic} give to the lady two sponefuls & a halfe of the vomyting syrope mixed wth a sponefull of white wyne let her Drink it fasting, taking always after laying vp of the stomack cleere hot posset Drinke

If her ladyship cōplayne of any gryping in her belly or any ach of her head then give this clyster.

Take of motherworte, wild thyme, lovage, rosemary, balme of each a quarter of a handfull bay beryes, Iunipor beryes, anys seedes Dill seedes of each a sponefull flours of cāmomyll a very litle boyle all in a quarte of posset Drinke made of malmesye or white muskadyn & milke of each a pinte take away the Curde & boyle all the forenamed species in it to halfe, strayne it & Take halfe a pinte of this decoction melt in it a sponefull of sweete butter, hony a sponefull, white salt a sponefull. let this be her clyster.

If you see occasion give her 5 litle pils Weighing about four pence about 5 in the morning

\let her smell to Her pomander./

And there after give the lady of the gentle purging decoction before named in the Description of it for the lady Magdalen. giving her of this Decoction four onces. syrope of roses a sponefull, & of the elect purging electuary prpared for the lady Alce the Weight of ten pence let albe well dissolued & give her this potion blood warme fasting betwixt six{t} & seaven & thin broath two hours after.

When you make of the purging dyet Ale, then be pleased to give her a good Draught of it in the same maner as her ladyship tooke it here with vs at linford

you have thre ounces of cōfortable lozenges to give vnto the lady Alce {illeg} on lozeng in a day for 3 or 4 mornings togeather fasting especially after a vomyte or a purge. & so to be vsed as occasion shalbe mynistred

Transcribed excerpt from MS Ashmole 1488, pp. 213-216 (p. 213 upper, p. 214 upper, p. 215 upper, and p. 216 upper)

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CASE78411: Prescription for Lady Magdalen Egerton (PERSON48400)

Question asked by Mr Richard Napier [the nephew] [Sir Richard Napier] (PERSON18784) on 30 June 1633 at 14:00

SRN For ye Lady Magdalen Egerton Iune 30. h. 2. p. m. 1633.

Aloes Cicotrina ß. Turbith, and Agarick an. ʒij. Myrabolanj Chebulæ ʒij. Rubarb. ʒj. {v} Masticis calamj aromaticj an ʒj. fiat Massa cū syrupo viola. in 5. pil. dos. once in 2 dayes. at 5. of clocke before Supper. ad to it of p{ill} Rud ʒj.

A dry Diet Drinke to dry vp ye Rheume. corroboratinge ye Animall & vitall spirits Parts.

Take ye barke of lignū sctū. sarsaperilla, sassafras. roote, calamus Aromaticus of sach iij. Sliced cinamoms nuttmegs. & galingall an. j sliced Angelia canded, enula campana canded myrabulo{u}s condited ij. Bisket Bred made with anyseed iiij beaten & pouderd. verven & Celandine. dryed an. . ij. wood bittony Margerā, & rosemary flowers dryed {illeg}ac. . ij. an ß. Pruons .ß. Licoras Aniseeds & reasons an. vj. flower de Luce roote & flag roote boath dryed & sliced let all these be boyled in 20 pints of spring water boyle it till 4. pints be wasted then adde to it Bittony water, Margerū & Rosemary waters an. lib. ß white wyne lib ij boyle it a little more then strayne it & stop it close in a sweet Iug pot.

Take of this euery morneing vj. & the like at 3. in ye after noone & supping with 3 slices of Dyet bread drink vj. more & so vse it as long as any Lasteth.

Let her suppers be during this tyme of bisket bread & reasons of ye sunne. & sometymes ponadoes, with a little bisket bread or 3. slices of dyet bread. \& may drinke after it her dyet drinke before prscribed/ at other tymes either citrons, Lemons or oringes Canded or condited & once in 2 or 3 dayes to take before an houre before such a slight supper. 5. smal pils.

Aloes cicotr \ʒij/ rud, \Rud ß/ fætid turb an ʒij. salis gēm ʒß fiat mass pil cū syr de S rad q suff dosis ʒj

The Electuary.

Take of wood Bittony, Dianthos Conserve of \old/ Red Roses, Condited Citrons an. j. Ivory, harts horne specierū de geis powderd an ʒj. venice treacle ʒij. Trochiskes of vipers. ʒj. Let all be well mixed & incorporated with ye syrupe Acetositate citrj.

Dosis as much as a Nuttmeg in ye morneing fasting. & then prsently drink after it vj of ye former dyet drinke puting into this draught only in the morneinge Syrup of Roses 2. Spoonfuls. & not in yt in the afternoone.

Transcribed entry from MS Ashmole 211, pp. 510–511 (p. 510 upper left, p. 510 bottom, p. 510 upper right, and p. 511 upper left)

Cite this as: Lauren Kassell, Michael Hawkins, Robert Ralley, John Young, Joanne Edge, Janet Yvonne Martin-Portugues, and Natalie Kaoukji (eds.), The casebooks of Simon Forman and Richard Napier, 1596–1634: a digital edition,;sort=sort-date;f2-practitioner-is-querent=Yes;f3-practitioner-is-patient=No;f4-patient=Lady%20Magdalen%20Egerton%20%28PERSON48400%29, accessed 18 January 2020.