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CASE18575: Horary consultation concerning Goody Agnes Richardson (PERSON15306) and Goodman Robert Richardson (PERSON15298)

Question asked by Goody Agnes Richardson (PERSON15306) and Goodman Robert Richardson (PERSON15298) on 25 January 1603 at 11:20

GJ Agnes Richardson of Newport 16 y. Ian 25 ho. 11. 20. a m./

Robert Richardson. RN |60 y.| GJ

[Astrological Chart]

Transcribed excerpt from MS Ashmole 221, f. 290r (upper left part of page)

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CASE14665: Horary consultation concerning Mr Robert Gostwick (PERSON12288) and William Anglesy (PERSON9169)

Question asked by Mr Robert Gostwick (PERSON12288) and William Anglesy (PERSON9169) on 17 March 1603 at 10:15

GJ Mr Robt Gosticke of marston 60 y. March 17 ho 10. 15 a m. 1603

Willm Ang{illeg}|le|sday of Marston morten eodē tempore

[Astrological Chart]

Transcribed excerpt from MS Ashmole 207, f. 29r (upper right part of page)

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CASE37811: Horary consultation concerning William Freeman (PERSON30652) and Goody Maud Freeman (PERSON23317) and Lettice Freeman (PERSON30663) and Laura Burte (PERSON28591) and Anonymous (PERSON37498) and Elizabeth Burte (PERSON28588)

Question asked by William Freeman (PERSON30652), Goody Maud Freeman (PERSON23317), Lettice Freeman (PERSON30663), Anonymous (PERSON37498) and Elizabeth Burte (PERSON28588) on 4 April 1611 at 11:15

GJ willm Freeman of St eedes 44 y Apr: 4 {illeg}|| ho 11. 15 a m 1611.

Ad præcautionē pestis

Mould Freeman 60 y. eodē

Lettice freeman 11 y eodē

Lowre Byrt 7 y. eodē

Susan Byrt maid 16. y.

Elsabeth Byrt 35 y.

Transcribed entry from MS Ashmole 200, f. 53r (bottom right part of page)

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CASE58390: Horary consultation concerning John Biggs (PERSON44132) and John Biggs (PERSON44134)

Question asked by John Biggs (PERSON44132) and John Biggs (PERSON44134) on 8 May 1624 at 09:00

RN Iohn Big of Pegsden by Barton in ye Clay & by Shitlīgton 60 y may 8 h {sic} hor 9 ant m 1624 a drye cough.

Transcribed excerpt from MS Ashmole 413, f. 181v (bottom left part of page)

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CASE59846: Horary consultation concerning Mrs Anne Miles [Child] (PERSON54743) and Anonymous (PERSON46047)

Question asked by Mr Richard Napier [Sandy] [Richard Napier [Senior]] (PERSON5218) on 26 February 1625 at 09:15

RN vtrū An Miles & her dogged Iealous husband will accord to live more quietly togeathr feb 26 h {sic} hor 9 15 ant m 1625

[Astrological Chart]

Transcribed excerpt from MS Ashmole 402, f. 177v (upper left part of page)

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CASE61683: Interrogation (Receiving message) concerning Sir Thomas Middleton [the son] (PERSON33214) and Mrs Christian Napier [Young Lady Ersfeild] (PERSON33479) and Lady Mary Middleton [Sandy] [Napier] (PERSON25254) and Mr Richard Napier [the nephew] [Sir Richard Napier] (PERSON18784)

Question asked by Mr Richard Napier [Sandy] [Richard Napier [Senior]] (PERSON5218) between 27 February 1626 at 14:00 and 28 February 1626 at 11:40

RN I receaved a letter frō Sr Th. Mydleton & the lady Earsfild & old Sr Rob Napeir feb {illeg} 27. h 7. 3|4|0. p m. 1625|6| frō Sr Rob touching Rich busynes yt he would goe to London & see what he can doe wth the Archebishop.

2. frō Sr Th nydleton & the lady Earfild touching the lady Midletons conv{ul}sive c{illeg}|rā|ping cholick |feb: 27. h. 7. 20 p m 1626|1

[Astrological Chart]

cōmendeth her pils best.


1 ‘a wynd cholick c{illeg}|rā|ping & convulsiv’ in chart

Transcribed excerpt from MS Ashmole 224, f. 105v (upper right part of page)

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CASE71710: Horary consultation concerning Mr Anthony King (PERSON52933) and Mrs Bridget King (PERSON52985)

Question asked by Mr Richard King [Mr King [the older]] (PERSON52953) on 1 April 1631 at 20:30

RN Mr king k {sic} King of Ashby in Leycester sheere 60 y Ap 1. h. 8 30 p m 1631

U[1624–34] Richd Kinge of Ashbye Sent a letter for Mr. Anthony & Mres Bridgett Kinge. April. 1. . h. 8. 30. p m. 1631

[Astrological Chart]

RN Mres Bridget his Daughter of Mr King. 19 y. Ap 1. h. 8 30 p m. 163i

Transcribed excerpt from MS Ashmole 232, pp. 213–214 (p. 213 upper right, p. 214 upper left, and p. 214 bottom right)

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CASE73710: Horary consultation concerning Mary Villiers [Countess of Buckingham] (PERSON60857) and Bridget Feilding [Countess of Desmond] (PERSON48813)

Question asked by Mary Villiers [Countess of Buckingham] (PERSON60857) on 30 January 1632 at 12:00

SRN The Countesse of Buckingham for her selfe & ye Lady Dismont Ian. 30. . h. 12. in merid. 1632.

[Astrological Chart]

RN Lugs {sic} ill shortwyded a great cough.

send what I think fit desyreth a purg.

Transcribed excerpt from MS Ashmole 212, p. 417 (upper left part of page)

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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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CASE76511: Diary entry

Written by Mr Richard Napier [Sandy] [Richard Napier [Senior]] (PERSON5218) on 21 February 1633 at 20:00

RN My Cosen Mr Rich: Wright of Southworke sent me 2 litle firkings & ba\r/lis on full of blue \ordinary/ figs thothr of reasons of the sonne. feb 21 1633

he wrote yt his wife my neece Clare is sorely troubled wth a rising vp to her throate ready to stop her wynd & is payned in her hips & knees & was frighted wth the sight of that fearfull fire

Transcribed excerpt from MS Ashmole 214, p. 324 (upper left part 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)

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-querent-age-band=060-069;f3-number-of-patients=Multiple%20patients;f4-patient-age-band=010-019, accessed 24 January 2020.