DRAKE, Sir Francis Henry, 5th Bt. (1723-94), of Buckland and Nutwell Court, Devon.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1715-1754, ed. R. Sedgwick, 1970
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1747 - 29 Jan. 1771
1774 - 1780

Family and Education

b. 29 Aug. 1723, 1st s. of Sir Francis Henry Drake, 4th Bt.. educ. Winchester 1734-9; Eton 1740; Corpus Christi, Camb. 1740-4, L. Inn 1740. unm. suc. fa. 26 Jan. 1740.

Offices Held

Ranger, Dartmoor forest 1752-d.; clerk comptroller, Board of Green Cloth 1753-70; master of the Household 1771-d.


Succeeding as a minor, Drake was returned for Bere Alston on the family interest at the first general election after his coming of age. He supported Pelham, who recommended him to the King for a Household place, explaining that ‘he has a borough of his own and is otherwise of consequence in the West of England’.1 Continuing to support successive Administrations, he died 19 Feb. 1794.

Ref Volumes: 1715-1754

Author: Shirley Matthews


  • 1. To Newcastle, 29 Sept. 1752, Add. 32729, f. 396.