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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.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:


John Bastwick: Diploma

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.4139
Scope and Contents Diploma of doctorate of medicine awarded by the University of Padua to John Bastwick, endorsed by Roderigo Fonseca, Tommaso Pioveno and Pietro Merio, 6 folios. On the verso of a paper flyleaf there is pasted a copper-plate engraving of W. Hollar's portrait of John Bastwick, probably taken from a copy of Bastwick's Declaration (1643). On the recto is a cutting from the catalogue of the J. Fuller Russell sale, June 1885, in which the manuscript was lot 89, and a note on John Bastwick by Samuel...
Dates: 1622
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