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Roderigo Lopez (c. 1517–1594) by Frederik van Hulsen, 1627 [right, with a Spanish gentleman] The British Library

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Lopez [Lopes], Roderigo [Ruy, Roger] (c. 1517–1594), physician and alleged conspirator, was born in Portugal, where his father, António Lopes, was physician to João III. A New Christian, or son of a Jew baptized by force in 1497, he studied at the University of Coimbra...

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Mendes, Fernando Moses (1647–1724), physician and entrepreneur, was born at Trancoso, Beira Alta, Portugal, into a wealthy family of New Christian merchants and officials. He was one of the ten children of António Jacob Mendes da Costa (d. 1716), a merchant, and ...

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Ribeiro, Samuel [formerly Diogo] Nunes (b. 1667/8, d. in or after 1741), physician, was born and baptized in the parish of Nossa Senhora da Conceição, Idanha a Nova, Portugal, the son of Manuel Henriques Lucena and Maria Nunes, who were of Jewish origin. He qualified as a doctor of medicine after studying at ...

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Samuda, Isaac [Ishac] de Sequeira [formerly Simão Lopes Samuda] (bap. 1681, d. 1729), physician and poet, was baptized in Lisbon in 1681. He was the second son of Rodrigo de Sequeira, merchant, and his wife, Violante Nunes Rosa, who were both of Jewish origin. He was named after his maternal grandfather, ...

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Jacob de Castro Sarmento (1692?–1762) by Richard Houston (after Robert Edge Pine) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Sarmento, Jacob de Castro [formerly Henrique de Castro] (1692?–1762), physician and scientific writer, was born at Bragança, Portugal, as Henrique, the third son of Francisco de Castro de Almeida (b. 1651/2), tobacco merchant (estanqueiro), and his second wife, ...