DRAKE, Sir William (c.1651-90), of Shardeloes, nr. Amersham, Bucks.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1690-1715, ed. D. Hayton, E. Cruickshanks, S. Handley, 2002
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6 Nov. 1669 - July 1679
18 Dec. 1680 - Mar. 1681
1685 - 1687
1689 - Sept. 1690

Family and Education

b. c.1651, 2nd s. of Francis Drake† of Walton-on-Thames, Surr., but 1st by his 2nd w. Dorothy, da. of Sir William Spring, 1st Bt.†, of Pakenham, Suff.; half-bro. of John Drake*.  educ. St. John’s, Oxf. matric. 22 Nov. 1667, aged 16; M. Temple 1669.  m. in or bef. 1671, Elizabeth, da. of Hon. William Montagu*, 4s. 3da.  Kntd. 2 Sept. 1668; suc. uncle Sir William Drake, 1st Bt.†, in Bucks. and Cheshire estates 1669.1

Offices Held


Drake was re-elected unopposed in 1690 for Amersham, where he was lord of the manor. A former Exclusionist who seems to have been willing to ‘collaborate’ with the Jacobite regime, he voted in the Convention for the disabling clause in the corporations bill. He was listed as doubtful in Lord Carmarthen’s (Sir Thomas Osborne†) analysis of the Commons in March 1690. He died in September 1690, his remains being interred at Amersham on the 24th. In 1691, his widow married Samuel Trotman*.2

Ref Volumes: 1690-1715

Authors: Eveline Cruickshanks / Stuart Handley


  • 1. Lipscomb, Bucks. iii. 154–5; Surr. Arch. Colls. lxxvi. 94–95; VCH Bucks. iii. 154.
  • 2. HMC 13th Rep. VI, 19; Duckett, Penal Laws and Test Act (1883), 240; Lipscomb, 155; HMC Lords, n.s. x. 247.