Napper (or Napier), Richard (1559–1634)
British astrologer and doctor of medicine of Great Linford,
Buckinghamshire. He attended Oxford University, but never
got a degree, and in 1589 was ordained and admitted to the
rectory of Great Linford, a position he held for 44 years. He
was a pupil of astrologer Simon Forman (1552–1611) and, according
to William Lilly (1602–1681), ‘‘outwent Forman in
physic and holiness of life, cured the falling-sickness perfectly
by constellated rings, and some diseases by amulets.’’
The Dictionary of National Biography. London Oxford University
Press, 1953.

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