Anthony Aylworth (c. 1547-1619) was a Medical Doctor and Fellow of
NewCollege, Oxford. He was appointed Regis Professor Physic at Oxford and
was also Physician in Ordinary to Queen Elizabeth I. He married Anne Baily,
the daughter of Dr. Walter Baily who was prior to Anthony's appointment also
Regis Professor of Physic at Oxford. His eldest son, Martin, a graduate of
All Souls College, Oxford was also a medical Doctor. Martin is entombed in
the chapel at All Souls.
The tomb of Dr. Anthony Aylworth is in the Ante-Chapel at New College,
Oxford, in England. It is described as follows: A large flat stone about 3
ft. wide and 7 ft. long, upon which is mounted several brass elements. A
brass border about 2 " wide surrounds the edge. Below is a rubbing of a
portion of that border.
The complete Latin inscription on the border is translated as follows:
Anthony Aylworth descended from an eminent and ancient family in the
born in London, liberally educated in the school of Winton, sometime a
this college, a
doctor of medicine and Regis Professor under Queen Elizabeth for about
years, a man of
piety, virtue and learning, equally dear while living to those in health
When at length the period of seventy-two years had been completed on the
day of April in the
year our Lord 1619, he peacefully fell asleep in the Lord, leaving to
sons Martin and
Centered near the top is a brass plate with an armorial shield. The
upper left quartering is
Aylworth. The upper quartering right is for Ashton (his mother's family),
the lower left - Somers,
the lower right - Hareman.
Just below the arms is a brass effigy depicting Anthony in his
formal robes. Below that is another brass plate about 1 ft. x 2 ft.
bearing a testimonial by his eldest son, Martin.
The Latin is translated as follows:
thy hurrying step pray stay, and then ponder this tomb: For here doth
and here Avicenna lies too, the bones of Dioscorides and alike here are
Galen's as well. And likewise
Aylworth himself, for this stone cov'reth them all. Marvellest thou
that so many in one single grave
may be found: Yet wilt thou marvel the more, for they are all united in
one who, through his life
was his own, yet well indeed may'st thou say that though not excelling
them, yet in his art he was
one with them all.
Many thanks to Mrs. Caroline Dalton, Archivist, New College, Oxford,
England for all the wonderful
help to make this page possible.