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Parkinson, John (1566/7–1650), apothecary and herbalist, was apprenticed from Christmas 1585 for eight years to a London apothecary, Francis Slater, a member of the Grocers' Company; he gained his freedom in 1593. Like many apothecaries in the Grocers' Company, Parkinson felt the importance of his work was given insufficient recognition and that he and others had not enough power within the company. Consequently he supported those who wished to form their own separate company, and joined the ...