John Bastwick: Diploma

Scope and Content

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 Sandars, whose bookplate is inside the front cover.

Administrative / Biographical History

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.

Access Information

Open for consultation by holders of a Reader's Ticket valid for the Manuscripts Reading Room.

Acquisition Information

Bequeathed by Samuel Sandars, 1894.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives. The biographical history was compiled with reference to the entry on Bastwick in Leslie Stephen and Sidney Lee, eds, Dictionary of national biography, Vol. I (London, 1908), pp. 1309-1310.

Other Finding Aids

Additional Manuscripts Catalogue.

Custodial History

Samuel Sandars purchased the diploma at the J. Fuller Russell sale.

Corporate Names