Bastwick, John, 1593-1654 (religious controversialist and pamphleteer)
- Existence: 1593 - 1654
John Bastwick (1593-1654) was born at Whittle, Essex. He entered Emmanuel College, Cambridge, in 1614, but stayed only briefly, before leaving to travel on the continent. During his time abroad Bastwick served as a soldier, probably in the Dutch army, before studying medicine, and taking the degree of M.D. at Padua. He returned to England in 1623, and settled at Colchester, where he developed a successful practice as a physician. Bastwick's publication of puritanical treatises led to him being fined, and then imprisoned. He was released in 1640, and was made captain of the Leicester trained bands in 1642.