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Livery Company Membership Guide


Society of Apothecaries


The original records have all been returned to the Society of Apothecaries. Access, by appointment only, should be arranged by contacting the Society's archivist.  NB: the complete archive was never deposited at Guildhall Library and a substantial amount of further material is available at Apothecaries' Hall.


The following list of Apothecaries membership records has been divided into two sections: the first covers the standard freedom and apprenticeship records; the second covers records relating to the Licentiateship of the Society, candidates for which came from all over the country. For further details consult the "Sources for Tracing Apothecaries..." information leaflet.

N.B. MICROFILM: Use of microfilm compulsory for all items listed below except Ms 8200/17-18, 8241B/3 and 10979/3-10 which have been returned to the company.


1. Freemen and Apprentices

FREEDOM REGISTERS:

Ms 8924

1674-80

(Unindexed)

 

 

 

Ms 8206/1

1694-1725

(Stamp Duty books; all vols

              /2

1725-85

indexed)

              /3

1785-1814

 

              /4

1814-36

 

              /5

1836-90

 

 

APPRENTICE BINDINGS BOOKS:

Ms 8207

1694-1836

(Indexed)

ALPHABETICAL LISTS OF APPRENTICES

See Cliff Webb's London Livery Company Apprenticeship Registers Vol.32 Apothecaries' Company 1617-69, (2000). Compiled from Ms 8200/1-2. Indexed by names of apprentice and master, subjects and places. Available in Guildhall Library Printed Books Section and Manuscripts Section reading room.

See also Cliff Webb's London Livery Company Apprenticeship Registers Vol.42 Society of Apothecaries 1670-1800 ... (2003). Compiled from Ms 8200/2-9, 8207 and 8201/13. Indexed by names of apprentice and master, subjects and places. Available in Guildhall Library Printed Books Section and Manuscripts Section reading room.

QUARTERAGE BOOKS:

Ms 8208/1-8

1667-1883

(Incomplete)

COURT MINUTES:

Ms 8200/1

1617-51

(Freemen and apprentices

              /2

1651-80

indexed in vols 1-8)

              /3

1680-94

 

              /4-8

1694-1778

 

              /9-15

1783-1882

 

              /16

1882-97

 

              /17

1897-1913

Returned to company. Not available on microfilm

              /18

1913-26

Returned to company. Not available on microfilm

2. Licentiates (Court of Examiners' Records)

LICENTIATESHIP REGISTERS

Ms 8241B/1

1815-52*

(All vols alphabetically arranged;

                 /2

1852-87

all vols give dates of qualification)

                 /3

1887-1954

Returned to company. Not available on microfilm

NB for vol.1: each letter is in two alphabetical series, i.e. Aa-Az followed by Aa-Az again.

* Ms 8241B/1 is apparently  incomplete in its listing of persons licensed to practice in London. For the fullest list of licentiates 1815-52 see Ms 8241/1-17. (See also the catalogue entries for Ms 8241 and Ms 8241B for further information.) 

CANDIDATES' QUALIFICATION ENTRY BOOKS:

Ms 8241/1

1815 (Aug 10)

-1819 (Jul 29)

(Indexed integrally)

Ms 8241/2

1819 (Aug 5)

-1823 (Jul 28)

(Indexed integrally)

Ms 8241/3

1823 (Aug 7)

-1826 (Aug 3)

(Indexed integrally)

Ms 8241/4

1826 (Aug 3)

-1829 (Jul 30)

(Indexed integrally)

Ms 8241/5

1829 (Aug 6)

-1832 (Jul 26)

(Indexed integrally)

Ms 8241/6

1832 (Aug 2)

-1835 (Jul 23)

(Indexed integrally)

Ms 8241/7

1835 (Jul 30)

-1836 (Mar 24)

(Indexed integrally)

Ms 8241/8

1836 (Mar 31)

-1837 (0ct 19)

(Index in Ms 8241A/1)

Ms 8241/9

1837 (0ct 26)

-1838 (Jul 26)

(Indexed integrally)

Ms 8241/10

1838 (Aug 2)

-1839 (May 16)

(Index in Ms 8241A/2)

Ms 8241/11

1839 (May 23)

-1840 (Mar 26)

(Index in Ms 8241A/3)

Ms 8241/12

1840 (Apr 2)

-1841 (Sep 23)

(Index in Ms 8241A/4)

Ms 8241/13

1841 (Sep 30)

-1843 (May 25)

(Index in Ms 8241A/5)

Ms 8241/14

1843 (Jun 1)

-1846 (Apr 30

(Indexed integrally)

Ms 8241/15

1846 (May 7)

-1849 (Jun 7)

(Indexed integrally)

Ms 8241/16

1849 (Jun 14)

-1852 (Sep 2)

(Indexed integrally)

Ms 8241/17

1852 (Sep 9)

-1855 (Nov 15)

(Indexed integrally)

Ms 8241/18

1855 (Nov 2)

-1858 (Jul 29)

(Indexed integrally)

Ms 8241/19

1858 (Aug 5)

-1860 (Jun 21)

(Indexed in Ms 8241B/2)

Ms 8241/20

1860 (Jun 21)

-1863 (Jul 23)

(Indexed in Ms 8241B/2)

Ms 8241/21

1863 (Jul 28)

-1867 (Apr 18)

(Indexed in Ms 8241B/2)

Ms 8241/22

1867 (Apr 18)

-1871 (Jul 27)

(Indexed in Ms 8241B/2)

Ms 8241/23

1871 (Aug 3)

-1877 (Nov 22)

(Indexed in Ms 8241B/2)

Ms 8241/24

1877 (Nov 29)

-1885 (Feb 12)

(Indexed in Ms 8241B/2 and 3)

Ms 8241/25

1885 (Feb 12)

-1888 (Dec 20)

(Indexed in Ms 8241B/3)

 

 

 

 

Ms 10979/1

1888-97

 

(Unindexed)

                /2 1897-9   (Unindexed)
                /3-10 1900-39   (Unindexed). Returned to company. Not available on microfilm

See also the Medical Directories from 1847 (held by the Printed Books Section of the Library).


Last updated August 2007

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