John Deighton ca.1583-1640

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John DEIGHTON ca.1583-1640

Biographical Note

Surgeon, of Gloucester; Sheriff of Gloucester 1620-24.


An indenture made in 1640, shortly before Deighton’s death (now Gloucestershire Archives D 381/1) records the sale of his library, and surgical instruments, to his son John (1607-1676, also a Gloucester surgeon). 186 books are listed; 121 are medical, the remainder mostly theological or historical. The medical books cover all branches of the subject, mostly in Latin, embracing classical authors through to contemporary ones; books published in the 1630s are included, so the collection was being developed up to the time of his death.

Characteristic Markings

None of Deighton’s books have been identified.


  • Barnard, E. John Deighton of Gloucester, surgeon, Transactions of the Bristol and Gloucestershire Archaeological Society. 64 (1943), 71-88
  • Herbert, N. M. (ed), A History of the County of Gloucester. vol 4. Victoria County History. London, 1988.