Cesare Adelmare

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Cesare Adelmare (-1569) was a physician to Queens Mary I and Elizabeth I of Italian origin. He was also known by various other spellings, his first name often Anglicized to Caesar, and his surname given forms such as Dalmariis, Dalmare, and Adelmari.[1]


Cesare Adelmare, having graduated in arts and medicine at the University of Padua, migrated to England, apparently about 1550, and began practice in London as a physician. He was elected fellow 27 April 1554, and in the following year censor of the College of Physicians, and was appointed medical adviser to Queen Mary, from whom he obtained letters of naturalisation with immunity from taxation in 1558, and from whom he on one occasion received the enormous fee of £100 for a single attendance. Elizabeth also consulted him and requited his services by sundry leases of church lands at rents somewhat below their actual value. In 1561 he fixed his residence in Bishopsgate, having purchased a house which had formed part of the dissolved Priory of St. Helen's. There he died in 1569, and was buried at the church of Great St. Helens.[1]


His father was Pietro Maria Adelmare, a citizen of Treviso, near Venice. This Pietro Maria Adelmare, who had some reputation as a lawyer, married Paola, daughter of Giovanni Pietro Cesarini (probably of the same family as Giuliano Cesarini, cardinal of St. Angelo, and president of the Council of Basle, 1431–8).

His wife was Margaret Perient or Perrin (died c.1583).[2][3] The name of Caesar, by which the doctor was usually addressed by Mary and Elizabeth, was adopted by his children as a surname.

Shortly after his death his widow married Michael Lok.


  1. ^ a b "ADELMARE, Cesare", Dizionario Biografico degli Italiani - Volume 1 (1960)
  2. ^ Caesar, Julius (1558–1636), of Tottenham, Middlesex and Mitcham, Surrey, History of Parliament Retrieved 12 November 2013.
  3. ^ Margery Perient has also been identified as the daughter of Martin Perient, Treasurer in Ireland;Hill, Lamar M. (1988). Bench and Bureaucracy: The Public Career of Sir Julius Caesar, 1580–1636. Stanford University Press. p. 271. Retrieved 12 November 2013..
  4. ^ a b c 'Alumni Oxonienses, 1500–1714: Cabell-Chafe', Alumni Oxonienses 1500–1714: Abannan-Kyte (1891), pp. 228–254. Date accessed: 1 October 2014
  5. ^ Wijffels, Alain (2004). "Caesar, Sir Julius (bap. 1558, d. 1636)". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/4328.(Subscription or UK public library membership required.)

 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain"Cæsar, Julius (1558-1636)". Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900.