DRAKE, Sir Francis, 2nd Bt. (1617-62), of Buckland Abbey, Devon.
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Family and Education
bap. 25 Sept. 1617, 1st s. of Sir Francis Drake, 1st Bt.†, of Buckland Abbey by 2nd w. Joan, da. of Sir William Strode† of Newnham, Plympton St. Mary, Devon. educ. I. Temple 1633; travelled abroad (Italy) 1638-40. m. 18 Jan. 1641 (with £2,500), Dorothy, da. of John Pym† of Brymore, Som., s.p. suc. fa. 11 Mar. 1637.
Col. of ft. (parliamentary) 1642-4; commr. for assessment, Devon 1643-9, 1657, Aug. 1660-d., sequestrations 1643, sheriff 1645-6, j.p. 1647-57, Mar. 1660- d., commr. for militia 1648, Mar. 1660.
Drake’s great-uncle, the famous admiral, sat in three Elizabethan Parliaments. By upbringing and family connexions Drake was unsympathetic to the Court, and his marriage to Pym’s daughter brought him even closer to the leaders of the parliamentary Opposition to Charles I. On the outbreak of the Civil War he joined the parliamentary army and became c