|President of the Royal College of Physicians|
|Alma mater||University of Oxford|
Dr. Richard Masters was a leading 16th-century English physician and personal doctor of Queen Elizabeth.
Masters was the son of Robert Masters. He became a fellow at All Souls' College in Oxford, eventually graduating with a B.A. in 1533 and an M.A. in 1537. He was a personal acquaintance of Rudolph Walther and in 1539 accepted a benefice from the Church of England, however, he forfeited it believing he was not a good clergyman.
Richard enrolled at the University of Oxford to study medicine, and by 1545 was an admitted M.B. and granted a licence to practise medicine. In 1553 he became a fellow at the College of Physicians and served as a censor between 1556 and 1558 and in 1560. In 1561 he served as President of the college, and as consiliarius in 1564 and 1583.
Prebendary of York
Marriage and family
Richard married Elizabeth, daughter of John Fulnetby, Esq. and had seven sons, including:
- George, M.P. for Cirencester in 1586, 1588
- Thomas, Archdeacon of Salop
- Robert, Chancellor of Rochester and Lichfield; M.P. for Crickdale in 1601
- Henry, Principal of Alban Hall
Richard died in 1588.