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Thomas Trapham was born in Maidstone. He probably came to Abingdon in about 1630 after marrying a member of the locally prominent Tesdale family, leaders of the Puritan faction in Abingdon. He was licensed by the University of Oxford to practise surgery in March 1633, and two months later was received into the Company of Barber-Surgeons in London. It was no doubt by way of self-advertisement that in 1634 he presented the school of anatomy at the university with a skeleton he had prepared himself.

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