Biography of Francis Prujean 1593-1666

In 1593 Francis Prujean was born to Francis Prujean Rector at Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk [Map].

On 23 Mar 1610 Francis Prujean (age 17) entered Caius College, Cambridge University as a sizar.

On 22 Dec 1621 Francis Prujean (age 28) became a licentiate of the Royal College of Physicians.

In 1626 Francis Prujean (age 33) was elected Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians.

Around 1650 Edward Gorges 1st Baron Gorges of Dundalk (age 68) died. His son [his future brother-in-law] Richard Gorges 2nd Baron Gorges succeeded 2nd Baron Gorges of Dundalk.

In or before 1661 Francis Prujean (age 68) and Margaret Leggatt were married.

On 01 Apr 1661 Francis Prujean (age 68) was knighted by King Charles II of England Scotland and Ireland (age 30).

Evelyn's Diary. 09 Aug 1661. I went to that famous physician, Sir Fr. Prujean (age 68), who showed me his laboratory, his workhouse for turning, and other mechanics; also many excellent pictures, especially the Magdalen of Caracci; and some incomparable paysages done in distemper; he played to me likewise on the polythore, an instrument having something of the harp, lute, and theorbo; by none known in England, nor described by any author, nor used, but by this skillful and learned Doctor.

On 13 Feb 1664 Francis Prujean (age 71) and Margaret Gorges were married.

Pepy's Diary. 11 Nov 1664. Here was a gentleman attending here that told us he saw the other day (and did bring the draught of it to Sir Francis Prigeon (age 71)) of a monster born of an hostler's wife at Salisbury, two women children perfectly made, joyned at the lower part of their bellies, and every part perfect as two bodies, and only one payre of legs coming forth on one side from the middle where they were joined. It was alive 24 hours, and cried and did as all hopefull children do; but, being showed too much to people, was killed.

On 23 Jun 1666 Francis Prujean (age 73) died. He was buried at Hornchurch.

Pepy's Diary. 24 Jun 1666. Sunday. Midsummer Day. Up, but, being weary the last night, not so soon as I intended. Then being dressed, down by water to Deptford, Kent [Map], and there did a great deale of business, being in a mighty hurry, Sir W. Coventry (age 38) writing to me that there was some thoughts that the Dutch fleete were out or coming out. Business being done in providing for the carrying down of some provisions to the fleete, I away back home and after dinner by water to White Hall, and there waited till the councill rose, in the boarded gallery, and there among other things I hear that Sir Francis Prujean (deceased) is dead, after being married to a [his wife] widow about a yeare or thereabouts. He died very rich, and had, for the last yeare, lived very handsomely, his lady bringing him to it. He was no great painstaker in person, yet died very rich; and, as Dr. Clerke says, was of a very great judgment, but hath writ nothing to leave his name to posterity.