DRAKE, Sir William, 1st Bt. (1606-69), of Shardeloes, nr. Amersham, Bucks.
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Family and Education
bap. 28 Sept. 1606, 1st s. of Francis Drake†, gent. of the privy chamber, of Esher, Surr. by Joan, da. and coh. of William Tothill, a six clerk in Chancery, of Shardeloes. educ. Amersham (Dr Charles Croke); Christ Church, Oxf. 1624; M. Temple 1626; G. Inn 1629, travelled abroad 1630-?37; Leyden 1634. unm. suc. fa. 1634; kntd. 14 July 1641; cr. Bt. 17 July 1641.2
Commr. for defence, midland assoc. 1642, j.p. Bucks. by 1647-53, 1661-d., commr. for militia 1648, Mar. 1660, dep. lt. c. Aug. 1660-1, commr. for assessment 1661-d., corporations 1662-3.3
Chirographer of common pleas 1652-9.4
Drake’s grandfather, a younger son of the Ashe family, became in 1572 its first Member of Parliament. Of puritan stock on both sides of the family, Drake inherited Shardeloes from his maternal grandfather, a wealthy chancery official, and added to it the manor of Amersham in 1637, thereby acquiring an impregnable interest in the borough, which he represented in the Short