Sir John Hinton, Kt., M.D.

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John Hinton, Kt., M.D.

Also Known As: "Henton"
Birthdate: (79)
Birthplace: Chilton Foliot, Wiltshire, England
Death: October 10, 1682 (79)
London, Middlesex, England
Place of Burial: City of Westminster, Greater London, England, United Kingdom
Immediate Family:

Son of Sir Thomas Hinton, MP, of Earlscote and Catherine Hinton
Husband of Elizabeth Hinton
Father of Mary Ann Hinton; Thomas Hinton/Henton; Sarah Hinton; NN Hinton; Edward Hinton and 10 others
Brother of Sir Anthony Hinton, Kt.; Catherine Hinton; Thomas Hinton, II; Sarah Mathews; William Hinton, I and 1 other

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About Sir John Hinton, Kt., M.D.

m. abt 1623

He was

  • born at Chilton Foliot July 10, 1603,
  • baptized at St. Martin's July 17, 1603,
  • entered Eton College 1618; matriculated at Queen's College, Oxford, November 9, 1621, aged 18; graduated B.A. 1625; M.A. 1638; he studied medicine at the Westminister Chemical School, 1625--29.
  • Practiced medicine in London and Oxford, 1629--33.
  • In 1633 he went to Leyden, enrolled there as a Student of Medicine, April 10, 1633, aged 30; graduated M.D. 1640, and returned to London, where on November 17, he appeared before the Board of Censors of the Royal College of Physicians for examination for the Special License given by that body. He presented letters from his father's old friend, Henry Pierrepont, Marquis of Dorchester, one of the principal Secretaries of State, showing that he had just been appointed Physician in Ordinary to Queen Henrietta Maria, wife of Charles I.
  • Appointed, Field Surgeon, Royal Army 1642; was created D. Medicus at Oxford, November 1, 1642; appointed Physician to Charles, Prince of Wales, 1643; appointed Fleet Surgeon on the "Mayflower", Drake's Flagship, March 4, 1664; he was admitted to Lincoln's Inn, and also made a Fellow of the College of Physicians and Surgeons; Physician in Ordinary to Charles I and Katherineof Braganza; was knighted by Charles I, for his services during the Great Plague.
  • Dr. Hinton married while a student at Leyden a lady whose name was Elizabeth; it is believed that her surname was Dilke. From 1645 to his wife's death in 1656, he resided in a house in St. Bride's Parish, where his only daughter, Sarah kept house for him until her death,
  • November 1679; then he removed to a humble dwelling in the Parish of St. Martin's-in-the-Field, where he died in extreme poverty. (October 10, 1682.) (See Administrative Act Book, P. 1682, Folio 154).
  • As far as is known, Dr. Hinton had five sons and one daughter. Three of his sons came to America and finally settled in North Carolina.
    • James, born1642, seems to have been the eldest and was in Perina, in 1701 and 1710, then apparently South until we finally find him in Chowan County, N.C.
    • His brothers, John and William, had preceded him there, where he purchased land from William Hinton, who was evidently his brother, as there is no record of any other William Hinton.


  • born July 10, 1603 in ,Chilton Foliat, Wiltshire, England, and
  • died October 10, 1682 in St MartinsParish, Chilton Foliat, Wiltshire, England.
  • He married (1) OR DUKE ELIZABETH DILKE in ,London, Middlesex, England.
    • She was born Abt. 1598 in of, Benhall, Suffolk, England, and
    • died 1656 in Fullwood Rents, Chilton Foliat, Wiltshire, England.
  • He married (2) CATHERINE VANDER RUCKLE Abt. 1660.

Left Engl in 1622 with his sister, Mary Francis and her husband for the colonies. In 1624, he returned to Engl to report his findings to his father.

Entered Eton Col 1618, matriculated Queens Col (Oxford Univ), Oxford, 9 Nov 1621, grad BA 1625, MA 1628. Studied medicine at Westminster Chemical Sch, 1625-1629. Appeared before the Board of Censors of the Royal Col of Phgysicians for examination for the special license given by that body.

Presented letters from his fathers old friend Henry Pierrepont, Marquess of Dorchester, one of the principal Secretaries of State, showing papers where he had also been appointed Physician in Ordinary to the Queen, Henrietta Maria, wife of King Charles I. Later appointed Field Surgeon, Royal Army in 1642.Knighted by King Charles I for his services during the great plague. Source for ordinances: IGI B 8387309, Sh 30.

Sir John Hinton (b.? d.?) MD

Sir John Hinton, MD - On the 6th February, 1634, Dr Hinton, being then a doctor of medicine, of what university is not stated in the Annals (but probably of Leyden, where on the 10th April, 1633, he was entered on the physic line being then thirty years of age), and a practitioner in midwifery, presented himself at the Censors’ board, but was not examined, as he had not then been engaged in practice for the statutable period of four years. “Comparuit coram Censoribus Ds Dr Joan Hinton, qui se obtulit examinationi. Verum cum per statuta Collegii compertum sit neminem posse examen subire qui non prius exercuerit praxin per annos quatuor, quod rogatus profiteri nolebat, idec tunc examinatus non est. Verum cùm se tam lubenter examinandum præbuisset, et quod exerceat artem obstetricatus reipublicæ perquam necessariam, D Præsidens et Censores lubenter ei gratiam liberè practicandi concedunt usque dum per statuta Collegii examinationem subire poterit. Et insuper hanc ei indulgent gratiam ut cùm fuerit examinatus pro Candidatu, senioris Candidati locum ipso facto obtinebit non aliter quàm si prius fuisset examinatus.” On the 7th November, 1640, he appeared at the College, and presented letters from the earl of Dorchester, testifying that he had been appointed physician to the Queen. Sir John Hinton and his family were eminently loyal, and took an active part in the exciting events of their time. One of his brothers was killed at the isle of Rhee, another was miserably wounded and permanently disabled in the rebellion, and a third served the royal cause in a civil capacity to the end of his life. Our physician began his political career by promoting a petition for peace to the Long Parliament. For this he was repeatedly examined before the House of Commons, and ere long found it necessary to fly from his family and home. He joined the king at York, marched with the army to Beverley, Hull, and Nottingham, and was present and engaged at the battle of Edge hill. Accompanying the army to Oxford, he was there created doctor of medicine 1st November, 1642, and about the same time was honoured by the king with the appointment of physician in ordinary to his eldest son - the future Charles II. By the king’s command he attended the queen, then “great with child and weake, having fitts of the mother and a violent consumptive cough,” to Exeter, where she gave birth to the princess Henrietta. He attended the queen in her confinement, and shortly afterwards saw his royal patient into Cornwall and safely embarked for France. Dr Hinton was for some time at the Hague, in the suite of Charles II. On his return to London he was placed in confinement and frequently examined, but (to use his own words) “by the means and intercession of some zealous women, my patients,” was at length liberated, but still closely watched, until the restoration. He was knighted by Charles II, and was appointed physician in ordinary to the king and queen. He was admitted an Honorary Fellow of the College in December, 1664. The chief events of Sir John Hinton’s life are detailed in a “Memorial” presented by him to the king (Charles II) in 1679. He concludes it as follows:- “Thus, Sir, did I spend the principall part of my dayes and youth in the service of yr Matie and yr Royall Father, att my own expence, by wch means and being engaged for severall of yr friends in the warrs and afterwards, I did contract a debt of severall thousand pounds wch I have bin forced to pay out of my owne labour. All wch with utmost humility I lay before yr Matie confidently believing that yr Matie doth looke upon me as a faithfull subject and carefull servant, and if it shall gratiously please yr Matie to give some refreshment to mee in my last dayes, by yr favour to myself or children, I shall with much satisfaction lay downe my head in peace and cheerefully leave them to endeavour yr Maties service as I have done before them.” I fail to recover the date of his death.

William Munk (Volume I, page 329)


Sir John Hinton (1603-1682) married Elizabeth Dilke. He was baptized July 17, 1603 in St. Martins Parish. Attended Westminster Chemical School in 1625; became a Field Surgeon in the Royal Army in 1642; knighted by King Charles I; married while a student at Leyden. His wife (Elizabeth Dilke) died in 1645. His memories were printed in 1814. He had a sister, brother, three sons and many grandson who came to America. He came to Virginia in 1622 with his brother-in-law, Capt Samuel Matthews, the governor of Virginia; returned to England to report his findings to his father. the report included, "Dad, that new land of yours is nothing but a land of milk and honey." His second wife was Catherine Vaner Ruckle.


Thomas Hinton, MP, b. 1573/4, 1st s. of Anthony Hinton of Earlscott, Wanborough, Wilts. and Martha, da. of John Warneford of Sevenhampton, Wilts.1 educ. Queen’s, Oxf. 1591, aged 17.2 m. (1) 1595 (with £1,000),3 Catherine (bur. 11 Oct. 1609), da. of William Palmer of Parham, Suss., 6s. (1 d.v.p.) 1da. d.v.p.;4

Hinton’s children developed close ties with Virginia: two sons emigrated there; and his daughter married Samuel Matthews, the colony’s governor in the 1650s; while his eldest son, Anthony, belonged to the Virginia Company and may briefly have been a planter in Barbados.33 A fourth son, John, became physician to Henrietta Maria.34

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Sir John Hinton, Kt., M.D.'s Timeline

July 10, 1603
Chilton Foliot, Wiltshire, England
Age 31
Jamestown, James City, Virginia
Age 35
Fullwood Rents, Leyden, England
Age 36
Fullwood Rents, Leyden, England
Age 37
Fullwood Rents, Leyden, England
Age 38
Leyden, England
Age 39
Fullwood Rents, Leyden, England
Age 41
Fullwood Rents, Leyden, England
Age 56
Fullwood Rents, Leyden, England