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Barnard Drake, Knight

Also Known As: "Bernard Drake"
Birthplace: Ashe (or Musbury, Devonshire), Dorsetshire, England
Death: Died in Ashe, Devon, England
Place of Burial: Musbury, Devonshire, England, United Kingdom
Immediate Family:

Son of John (the Elder) Drake, Esq., of Ashe and Amye Drake
Husband of Gertrude Fortescue
Father of John Drake, MP; Eleanor Button and Ursula Drake
Brother of Robert Drake, of Wiscombe Park; Thomas Drake; John Drake; Richard Drake, of Esher; Johane Drake and 1 other

Occupation: "employed in several great officesat sea," being much in favour with Queen Elizabeth, who conferredthe honour of knighthood upon him in 1585.
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About Sir Barnard Drake, of Ashe

Barnard7 Drake (John6, John5, John4, John3, John2, John1) was born 1528 in Ashe, Dorsetshire, England, and died 10 April 1586 in Ashe, Devon, England. He married Gertrude Fortescue 1553 in Fillieth, Devonshire, England, daughter of Bartholomew Fortescue and Ellen Moore. She was born 1538 in Filleigh, England, and died 13 February 1600/01 in Mt Drake.

Notes for Barnard Drake:

Was quite a seaman during the war with Spain

Notes for Gertrude Fortescue:

descendent in the fifth generation from Sir John Fortescue, Chief Justice of the King's Bench under Henry VI and Lord Chancellor. Dau of Bartholomew Fortescue, Esq.,of Filleith.

More About Gertrude Fortescue:

Fact 1: descendent 5th gen. John Fortesue

Fact 2: He was Chief Justice and Lord Chancellor under HenryIV

Children of Barnard Drake and Gertrude Fortescue are:

16 i. Gertrude8 Drake, born 1558 in Musbury, Devonshire, England; died Unknown.

17 ii. Ursula Drake, born 1560 in Musbury, Devonshire, England; died Unknown.

18 iii. Amy Drake, born 1563 in Musbury, Devonshire, England; died Unknown.

19 iv. Humphrey Drake, born 1564 in Musbury, Devonshire, England; died Aft. 24 March 1603/04.

+ 20 v. John Drake, born 1566 in Colyton,Devon, England; died 11 April 1628 in Colyton,Devon, England.

21 vi. Hugh Drake, born 1568 in Musbury, Devonshire, England; died 1589 in Portugal.

22 vii. Robert Drake, born 1569 in Musbury, Devonshire, England; died Aft. 15 May 1604.

23 viii. Mary Drake, born Abt. 1572 in Musbury, Devonshire, England; died 1643.

24 ix. Bernard Drake, born 1572 in Wiscombe, Devonshire, England; died Unknown.

25 x. Ellanor Drake, born 1574 in Musbury, Devonshire, England; died Unknown.

26 xi. William Drake, born 1574 in Wiscombe, Devonshire, England; died Unknown.

27 xii. son Drake, born Abt. 1576; died Unknown.


The Drake Baronetcy of Ashe

Compiled by Charles E. F. Drake

First Generation

   1. Sir Bernard1 Drake, Kt., of Ashe and Mount Drake (d 1586) m. Gertrude Fortesque (dau of Bartholomew Fortesque of Filleigh; d. 1601). He was knighted in 1585.


               i.     Hugh2 Drake d. in Portugal s.p. 1589.

+ 2. ii. John Drake, of whom later.

               iii.     Marie Drake, m. [-----] Tynsley of co. Lincoln.
               iv.     Mary Drake, m. John Sherman of St. Marie Awtrie.
               v.     Elianor Drake, m. John Buton of Wiltshire.

Second Generation

2. John2 Drake (Bernard1) of Ashe and Mount Drake (d 1628) m. Dorothy Button (dau of William Button of Alton) .


+ 3. i. John3 Drake.

+ 4. ii. William Drake of Yardbury in Colyton, bur. in the Temple Church London. Will 2 Nov 1636. PCC Coventry 25.

                   iii.     Mary Drake married Sir Henry Rouswell of Ford in Devon, bur. at Musbury 1643.

Third Generation

3. Sir John3 Drake (John2, Bernard1) of Ashe (d 25 August 1636) m. Eleanor / Helena Boteler (dau of Sir John Boteler, Bart, 1st Lord of Bramfield, and co-heir of her brother William, 2nd. and last lord Butler of Bramfield)


+ 5. i. John4 Drake, b. c. 1619, of whom later.

                   ii.     George Drake (d unm 1664).
                   iii.     Thomas Drake (d 1659 unm. in Ireland).

+ 6. iv. Henry Drake, of whom later.

                   v.       Dorothy Drake m. William Yardley, Esq.
                   vi.     Mary Drake (d unm).
                   vii.     Eleonora Drake m. John Briscoe, Esq. of Cumberland.
                   viii.     Elizabeth Drake m. Sir Winston Churchill Knt. (b 1620) of Standish of Gloucestershire, and was the mother of the first Duke of Malborough
                   ix.     Gertrude Drake (d unm).
                   x.      Ivanna Drake (d unm) .
                   xi.     Jane Drake m. William Yonge of Castleton in Dorsetshire.
                   xii.    Anne Drake m. (sp) Sir Richard Strode of Newnham and of Chalmington (b 25 June 1584; MP in 1640).

4. William3 Drake (John2, Bernard1) of Yardbury in Colyton; bur. in the Temple Church, London. Will 2 November 1636. PCC Coventry 25.


                   i.     John4 Drake, bapt. 24 March 1621-2; bur 12 Apr 1648 at Colyton. Will PCC Fairfax 188.
                   ii.     Dorothy Drake, bapt. 26 March 1623 at Colyton.
                   iii.     Eleanor Drake, bapt. 15 Dec 1625 at Colyton.
                   iv.     Joane Drake, bapt. 11 June 1628 at Colyton.

+ 7. v. William Drake bapt 22 Dec 1629, of whom later.

                   vi.     Elizabeth Drake, bapt. 10 Dec 1632.
                   vii.     Thomas Drake bapt. 13 Sep 1635.
                   viii.     Endimion Drake bapt. 25 June 1634 at Colyton.

Fourth Generation

5. Sir John4 Drake (John3, John2, Bernard1), 1st Bart of Ashe (b c1619, bur 07 July 1669); m (1) (by 1646) Jane Yonge (d. 1652, dau of Sir John Yonge, 1st Bart of Culleton and Slutcomb). m (2) Dionysia Strode (bur. 25 November 1679, dau of Sir Richard Strode of Newenham and of Chalmington). Created baronet 1660.

Issue with Jane Yonge:

                       i.           Sir John5 Drake, 2nd Bart of Ashe (b 13 January 1646/7, d unm 13 March 1683/4).
                       ii.         Walter Drake (d unm 1674).
                       iii.         Elizabeth Drake of Ashe (b c1648, d.s.p. 09 November 1694) m. Sir John Briscoe of Boughton, Northamptonshire.

Issue with Dionysia Strode:

                       iv.         Sir Bernard5 Drake of Ferrybere, 3rd Bart (d 1687) m. Elizabeth Prestwood (bur 06 September 1715, dau of George Prestwood of Butterford).
                                               i. Elizabeth6 Drake m. Thomas Tothill of Bagton .
                       v.         George Drake, d.s.p. 1682.

+ 8. vi. William Drake, of whom later.

6. Henry4 Drake (John3, John2, Bernard1)of Axminster. Buried 12 Nov 1681 at Musbury; m (1) Anne [------] bur 7 June 1671 at Musbury.


                   i.         Charles5 Drake.
                   ii.         Richard Drake, bapt. 29 Oct 1657 at Musbury.
                   iii.         Helen Drake.
                   iv.         Joan Drake, bapt. 11 Apri 1655 at Musbury.
                   v.         Elizabeth Drake.
                   vi.        Anne Drake, bapt. 1663 at Musbury.

Henry Drake m (2) Anne [------]; bur. 16 Oct 1711 at Musbury.


                   vii.         John Drake, bapt. 22 June 1676, d. 22 Feb 1676-7 at Musbury.

7. William4 Drake (William3, John2, Bernard1), bapt. 22 Dec 1629; buried 6 March 1680-1 at Colyton. Married Letitia, da. of John Baillie of Hoddesdon co. Herts.


                   i.         Letitia5 Drake, bapt. 7 May 1754 m. the Rev. Peter Call of Chudleigh 1680.
                   ii.        Margaret Drake, bapt. 28 July 1657 at Colyton.
                   iii.       Susannah Drake, bapt. 16 Sep 1661.

+ 9. iv. William Drake, bapt. 12 Jan 1663, of whom later.

                   v.        Jane Drake, bapt. 10 Nov 1665.
                   vi.       John Drake bapt. 3 Dec 1667.
                   vii.      Dorothy Drake, bapt. 3 June 1670.
                   viii.     Mary Drake, bapt. 28 Feb 1674-5.
                   ix.       Richard Drake, bapt. 1672, bur 1681 at Colyton.

Fifth Generation

8. Sir William5 Drake (John4, John3, John2, Bernard1), 4th Bart of Ashe and Mount Drake (b c1659, d 28 February 1715-6).

Married (1) (05 April 1687) Judith Everleigh (d 08 May 1701, dau of William Everleigh of Talaton)

Married (2) (16 April 1705) Mary Prideaux (b. 30 July 1658, d. 20 November 1729, dau of Sir Peter Prideaux, 3rd Bart of Netherton, Devon) with whom he had no issue.

Issue with Judith Everleigh:

                   i.         Sir John6 Drake, 5th Bart of Ashe and Mount Drake (b c1689, d unm 04 September 1724)
                   ii.         Sir William6 Drake, 6th Bart of Ashe and Mount Drake (b c1695, d.s.p. 21 October 1738) m. (18 June 1726) Anne Williams (dau. of William Peere Williams, Esq. MP for Bishops Castle, Shropshire) With his death the baronetcy became extinct.
                   iii.         Elizabeth Drake, m. William Walrond of Bovey .
                   iv.         Judith Drake (d infant).
                   v.         Anne Drake, m. Thomas Prestwood of Butterford .

9. William5 Drake (William4, William3, John2, Bernard1)of Yardbury in Colyton, bapt. 12 Jan 1663; d. 1727. Will PCC Brook 78.

Married 1689, Katherine, da. and heir of John Pennington of Wicken Hall, Suffolk and Chiswell, Essex,. She died 25 Nov 1721 at Colyton.


                   i.         Katherine6 Drake, m. [-----] Huyshe.
                   ii.        Hester Drake.

+ 10. iii. Thomas Drake, bapt. 6 Feb 1689-9, of whom later.

                   iv.       William Drake, ob. inf. 1693-4.
                   v.        William Drake, ob. inf. 1695.
                   vi.        John Drake of Yardbury, d. 25 June 1729. m. Sarah da. of [-----] Anning.


                                               i. John7 Drake, a minor in 1728.

Sixth Generation

10. Thomas6 Drake (William5, William4, William3, John2, Bernard1), bapt. 6 Feb 1689-9; bur. 19 July 1773 at Colyton. Married Dorothy Palmer, daughter of the Rev. William Palmer of Comb Raleigh, bur 12 July 1750.


                   i.         Francis7 Drake, Vicar of Seaton and Beare and Rector of Uplyme, d. 1769. Married Elizabeth Tredway, daughter of Charles Tredway of Wells. 
                               i.         Francis8 Drake of Yardbury, b. 1764. Minister at Venice 1793. Married Elizabeth Ann, dal of Sir Herbert Mackworth, m. 1795.  Click here for his portrait.
                                           Issue, with three daughters:
                                                       i.         Francis9 Horatio Nelson Drake of Wells.
                                                       ii.         Charles Digby Mackworth Drake.
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Burke’s Extinct and Dormant Baronetcies

The Visitations of the County of Devon, comprising the Herald's Visitations of 1531, 1564, and 1620; known as "Devonshire Pedigrees,” Col. Vivian, pp. 299-304, Exeter 1895.

Sir Bernard1 Drake, Kt., of Ashe and Mount Drake (d 1586) m. Gertrude Fortesque (dau of Bartholomew Fortesque of Filleigh; d. 1601). He was knighted in 1585.


               i.     Hugh2 Drake d. in Portugal s.p. 1589.

+ 2. ii. John Drake, of whom later.

               iii.     Marie Drake, m. [-----] Tynsley of co. Lincoln.
               iv.     Mary Drake, m. John Sherman of St. Marie Awtrie.
               v.     Elianor Drake, m. John Buton of Wiltshire.

John Drake m Anne Granville child Bernard Drake

Bernard Drake b abt 1528 Ashe, Dorse, Eng m Gertrude Fortescue dau of

Bartolome Fortescue and Ellen Moore she b 1538 Mt Drake, Devon, Eng d 10 Feb

1600/01. Children

John b abt 1566 Colyton, Devon, Eng d April 11, 1628, Musbury, Devon, Eng.

John m dorothy Button dau of William Button


William Drake b 1596 Musbury, Eng

John b abt 1591

Mary b 1594

another John?

William m Margaret Westover Nov 14, 1620 Yardbury, Colyton Eng dau of

William Westover.


Thomas b Sept 13, 1635 Colyton d Sept 23, 1692 Weymouth, Norfolk Co. Mass.

John b March 24, 1621/22

Dorothy b March 16, 1622/23

Eleanor b Dec 15, 1625

Joan b June 11, 1628

John b June 11, 1628

William b Dec 22, 1629

Jane b Feb 13, 1630/31

Elizabeth b Dec 10, 1632

Edmon b June 25, 1634

   From: Earl Tourgee <E1091@AOL.COM>
   Subject: Re: DRAKE of Devon
   Date: Wed, 28 May 1997 12:02:31 -0400
   I will list only that portion of the message that pertains to my original
   post and expand on it further. Earl.
   Adrian Channing (Surrey, UK) 106516.2301@Compuserv.Com in a message dated
   5/28/97 12:47:17 AM, wrote the following.
   <<This is what Burke's Landed Gentry of GB 1937 edition has:
   And under Tyrwhitt-Drake of Shardeloes
   John Drake, of Exmouth, Devon, described as "a man of great estate and a
   name of no less antiquity," m. temp King Henry V, Christiana elder dau. and
   co-heir of John Billet, of Ashe, in same co., and was s. by his son,
   JOHN DRAKE, of Otterton, in the Hundred of East Budleigh, who m.
   Christiana, dau. and heir of John Antage, and was s. by his son,
   JOHN DRAKE, of Otterton, who m. the dau. of John Cruwys, representative of
   Cruwys, or Cruwys Morchard, and was s. by his son,
   John Drake, of Otterton, who m. Agneta, dau. of John Keloway, and had four
   1. John his heir, 2. Richard, 3. Robert, 4. Thomas, of Hortford, m. Ellen,
   dau. of Bennett Hilton, of South Awtin, and had three sons and two
   The elder son, [that is of Thomas]
   JOHN DRAKE, of Ashe and Exmouth, m. Margaret, dau. and heiress of John
   Cole, of Rill, in the parish of Withecombe Ralegh, Devon. This John Drake
   brought a writ of formedon against Simon Francheney, and recovered the
   estate of Ashe from him, who held it as being son and heir of Christopher
   Francheney, which Christopher was son and heir of Christiana Billet, by a
   second marriage with Richard Francheney. The estate descended from that
   time in the direct male line of the Drake family, untill the year 1733,
   when, on the death of the last representative of the eldest line of the
   family, it fell into the hands of hiw widow, and became the inheritance of
   strangers. John Drake d. leaving,
   1. JOHN, of whom presently,
   2. John (a 2nd son of the same name), who is mentioned by Sir William Pole
   to have been "a great merchantman." He m. Margaret, dau. of William Auert,
   of Exeter, and widow of Richard Martyn. He was possessed of the estate at
   Rill, as also of the manor of Withecombe, de jure matris., both of which
   descended to his elder dau. and co-heir, Juliana, m. Thomas Raymond, of
   3. Gilbert, of Spratshay, in the parish of Littleham, in the Hundred of
   East Budleigh, Devon, m. 2ndly (who his first was does not appear),
   Katherine, dau. of William Shearman, of Ottery St. Mary, by whom he left
   The eldest son,
   John Drake, of Ashe, who s. his father in the representation of the family,
   m. 1539 Amye, dau. of Roger Grenville, of Stowe, Cornwall, and had issue,
   1. BERNARD (Sir), of Ashe and Mount Drake, commemorated by Prince among
   "the Worthies of Devon." Ancestor of Sir JOHN DRAKE of Ashe, cr. a Baronet
   31 Aug. 1660. The title became extinct 21 Oct. 1733, on the death of Sir
   William Drake, 6th Bt.
   2. Robert of Wiscombe Park, in the parish of South Legh, m. Elizabeth, dau.
   of Humphrey Prideaux, of Theoborough, and had issue seven sons and three
   3. RICHARD, of whom hereafter.
   Mr. Drake, High Sheriff for Devon 1602, d. 4 Oct 1558. His 3rd son,
   RICHARD DRAKE, was one of the Equerries to Queen Elizabeth. He m. Ursula,
   dau. of Sir William Stafford, Knt, and d. 11 July, 1603, when he was s. by
   his son,
   FRANCIS DRAKE, of Esher etc. etc......
   I don't know if or how this fits in with the Drake family recently
   Adrian Channing (Surrey, UK) 106516.2301@Compuserv.Com
   The Drakes listed in Adrain Channing's post, basically confirms the data as
   printed in the genealogy, The Drake Family of England and America, L. S.
   Drake, Boston, 1896. The publication, The Worthies of Devon by Prince also
   lists Sir Bernard Drake's heir, John who m. Dorothy Button, dau of William
   Button of Alton in Wilts. This is also listed on p xiii of the Drake
   genealogy. We now have 2 publications that compliment and confirm the
   ancestors of John Drake and his wife Dorothy Button of Ashe and Mount Drake.
   John Drake and Dorothy had 3 children, of which William of Yardbury, parish
   of Colyton, the 2nd son, m. Margaret, dau and heiress of William Westofer
   (Westover) of Colyton, p xiii and
   p xv of the Drake genealogy.
   William and Margaret(Westofer) Drake had 8 children (Drake genealogy, pp xv,
   of which is stated that: Joan, child 4; Elizabeth, child 6 and Thomas, child
   8 all emigrated to America. I have read of the volumeous arrival of
   immigrants and ships to the colonies during this and earlier time periods. I
   highly suspect the computers of the "dock watchers" developed a "glitch" and
   were cut off line when the ships docked and passengers came thundering down
   the gang planks to kiss mother earth, trampling everthing and everyone in
   their path. Because of this, I seriously doubt we will ever see a ships name
   or passenger list showing the 3 Drake names. But then again, pleasent
   surprises happen.
   The Drake genealogy (1896) states that the will of William Drake is still in
   existence. Although it lists it as being: P.C.C. Coventry 25, it was not
   printed in the genealogy. If the children were listed in the will, this would
   confirm another
   generation from William and Margaret and might cease the controversy as to
   whether Thomas and his sisters were the children of William Drake and his
   Margaret Westofer/Westover.
   Your input was very much appreciated, Adrian, a great many thanks. Now could
   we see the will P.C.C. Coventry 25 you are holding for the next post? Just
   joking here, but I hope it surfaces. Thanks also to everyone who is trying to
   put together another piece of their family puzzle. Earl.

This thread:

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           Re: DRAKE of Devon by Earl Tourgee <E1091@AOL.COM>
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         o Re: DRAKE of Devon by Stewart Baldwin <sbald@AUBURN.CAMPUS.MCI.NET>
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The eldest son and heir,

Sir Bernard Drake, knt. of Mount Drake and Ashe, was a

very distinguished person, and "employed in several great offices

at sea," being much in favour with Queen Elizabeth, who conferred

the honour of knighthood upon him in 1585. He m. Gertrude,

daughter of Bartholomew Gortescue, esq. of Filleigh, in

Devonshire, and dying in 1585, was s. by his eldest son,

John Drake,* (* From William Drake, a younger son of

this John Drake, descended the Drakes of Yardbury, whose

representative in 1822, was Francis Horatio Nelson Drake, esq. of

Wells.) esq. of Mount Drake and Ashe, who m. Dorothy, daughter

of William Button, esq. of Alton, Wilts, and dying in 1628, was s.

by his son,

Sir John Drake, knt. of Ashe. This gentleman m. Helena,

second daughter of Sir John Butler, bart. created Baron Butler, of

Bramfield, and co-heir of her brother William, second and last Lord

Butler, of Bramfield, and had issue,

John, his heir.

Individual: Sir Bernard Drake

Birth: 1528 at: Musbury, Devonshire, England

Marriage: ABT 1550 at: Musbury, Devonshire, England

Death: 12 Apr 1586 at: Musbury, Devonshire, England

Father: John Drake

Mother: Amye or Anne Greenville


Spouse: Gertrude Fortescue

Birth: ABT 1534 at: Filleigh, Devonshire, England

Marriage: ABT 1550 at: Musbury, Devonshire, England

Death: 10 Feb 1601 at: Mt. Drake, Devonshire, England

Father: Bartholomew Fortescue

Mother: Ellen Moore


Children: Sir John Drake

Hugh Drake

Marie or Mary Drake

Margaret Drake

Elianor Drake

Bernard Drake


Source 1. The Drake Family in England & Amereica.

Source 2. Descendants of Thomas Drake of Weymouth, Mass.

Sir Barnard Drake (Knight of Mount Drake & Ashe in Devonshire) Sir Barmard was Knighted at Gremwoch 9 Jan, 1585; He Inherited Ashe; He was Lord High Admiral in Queen Elizabeths Navy

In some records he is called Pirate as were several of his relatives.

Sir Bernard Drake is said to have another son whose given name is not known; The ordinances have been done for this child, calling him: Boy Drake;

The children I origially had on my family group sheet were: Gertrude, Ursula, Amy, Humphrey, John, Hugh, Robert, Marie, William Mary, Bernard, Elianor; But since listing these children of whom I originally recieved from Ronald Tracys notes, I have made a change in my family group sheet because I have found data on the Parish Church of Musbury Devonshire, England of which has helped me to see the family of Sir Bernard Drake in what I consider the true light!

Source 3: The Parish Church of Musbury, Devonshire, England: The principal object of interest about this ancient church are three pairs of kneeling figures, divided from each other by partitions of stone, with a window in front of each figure. The figures are in very good state of preservation; The three pairs represent ohn Drake & Amy, his wife; Sir Bernard Drake, & Gertrude, his wife; and John Drake & Dorothy, his wife. The inscription pertaining to Sir Bernard Drake Statues reads as follows; Here is the monument of Sir Bernard Drake knt, who had to wife Dame Garthrud the daughter of Bartholomew Fortesque of Filley Esq, by whom he had three sonnes and three daughters where of whear five living at his death viz; John, Hugh, Marie, Margaret, and Helen. He died on the xth of April 1586 and Dame Garthrud his wife was here buried the 1th of Februarii 1601. Unto the memory of whom John Drake Esq. her sonne hath set this monument ano 1611.

I think the son John of whom had the monument erected in 1611 certainly ought to have known his family and I feel the inscription on the monument is proof enough for this family. Thus, I have removed the children who arent mentioned on this monument in the old Parish Church where our Drake family went to church for many years.

Various branches of the Drake family of Devonshire, England lived within a 10 mile radius of Colyton, in the parishes of Musbury, Southleigh, and Wiscombe, which is, like Yardbury, a hamlet of Colyton.

Source 4: The Dictionary Of National Biography Book: 920.042 D561n: British Reference Area:

Sir Bernard Drake a Naval commander, was the eldest son of John Drake of Ashe, in the parish of Musbury, Devonshire, England, by his wife Amy, daughter of Sir Roger Greenville, knight of Stowe, Corwall, England. Sir Bernard is the subject of a well-known and oft-repeated ancedote by Prince Worthies of Devonshire; His story is that Sir Berenard Drake, Meeting Sir Francis Drake at court, gave him a box on the ear for assuming the red wyvern for his arms, and that the queen resenting the affront, bestowed on Sir Francis a new coat of everlasting honour, and, to add to the discomfiture of Sir Bernard, caused the red wyvern to be hung up by the hees in the rigging of the ship on Sir Franciss Crest. (according to authority, this story has since been discretided) The simple fact is that Sir Francis Drake asked his kinsman for the family arms, of which he was himself ignorant.

On 20 June 1585, Drake was commissioned to proceed to Newfoundland to warn the English engaged in the fisheries there of the seizure of English ships in Spain, and to seize all ships in New foundland belonging to the King of Spain or any of his subjects, and to bring them into some of the western ports of England without dispersing any part of their lading untol further orders.

He performed his mission so successfully that the queen knighted him at Greenwich 9 January 1585-86. On his return he had captured of the coast of Britany a great portugal ship called the Lion of Viana, and brought her into Daratmouth; The crew were sent to the prison adjoining Exter Castle, in order to be tried at the ensuing spring assizes. on the day appointed a noisom smell arose from the dock, whereof died soon after the judge, Sir Arthur Bassett, Sir John Chichester, Sir Barnard Drake, and eleven of the Jury. Sir Bernard had just strength to reach Crediton, and, dying there 10 April 1586, was buried in the church.

Administration of his estate was granted in P.C.C., 3 May 1587. By his wife, Gertrude, daughter of Bartholomew Fortesque of Filleigh, Devonshire, England, he had six children: John, his heir, of Ashe; Hugh, whose estate was administered in the prerogative court on the same day as that of his father; another son; and Margared married to John Sherman; Mary; and Ellen, married to John Button. Lady Drake was buried 12 February, 1601, at Musbury. Their monument is the middle one of the three in the church of Musbury;

Sources; inscription in the Antiquary, ii, 238; Holinsheds Chronicles (1587), iii. 1547-8; Princes Worthies of Devon, pp. 244-46; The Antiquary, ii.237-8; Burkes ExtinctBaronetage, pp. 167-168; Westcotes Devonshire, p. 467.

Source 5: Daphene Drake as per the Internet:

Barnard Drake, Knight of Mt. Drake and Ashe in Devonshire, a great favorite of Queen Elizabeth, who knighted him at Greenwich; Gertrude Fortescue is a descendant, in the fifth generation, of Sir

John Forescue, Chief Justice of the Kings Bench under Henry VI;

The senior house of the Drake line at Ashe, continued through John Drakes eldest surviving son Bernard of whom remained in occupation there-acquiring in course of time a baronetcy-until 1733. The last male heir was the 6th baronet, Sir William Drake, born in 1695,

Sir Bernard Drake is interesting on his own account and also because of his close acquaintance with his cousin Adminal Sir Frances Drake. Sir Bernard was the son of John Drake of Ashe who died in 1558, and succeeded his father in the estate there in Ashe. He was one of Queen Elizabeths Naval Commanders, and she knighted him at Greenwich in January 1585, for his services against the Spaniards in an action of Newfoundland. It is evident that he knew Sir Frances Drake well because in 1585, he borrowed 600 pounds from him, giving him a mortguage upon Ashe. The deeds were lodged with a Sir Richard Martyn. A year later Sir Bernard Drake died.

In 1596 his son John repaid the principal, but put forward a claim to have the outstanding interest remitted on account of an agreement said to have been made with his father by the Admiral Sir Frances to forgive the interest if he (Sir Francis) made a saving voyage. (He was about to embark in the Elizabeth Bonaventure for an attack on Spanish possession in the New World.) This claim was repudiated by the Admirals brother and heir, Thomas Drake, who refused to allow the return of the deeds of Ashe until he was paid the interest due. He won his case; and the resulting ill-feeling between the two families may account for the spiteful story told by a distant conneciton of the Drake family (listed above in The Dicitonary of National Biography.) which says to the effect that when Sir Francis Drake was knighted he wished to adopt the arms borne by the Drakes of Ashe, a red winged dragon on a silver ground, and that Sir Bernard refused his permission. Therefore a special coat of arms was designed for the Admiral Sir Francis, including a ship in the rigging whereof is hung up by the heels a wiveren gules, which in herldic langage is a red winged dragon, In derision. The story goes on to say that Sir Bernard boxed Sir Francis Drakes ears and that within the verge of the Court.

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Sir Barnard Drake, Knight of Mt. Drake and Ashe, was knighted at Greenwich 9 Jan


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(VIII) John Drake, of Mount Drake and Ashe, bur. April 11, 1628, in the parish church at Musbury, and his effegy, with that of his wife, is there. His will was dated January 16, 1620-21, and proved May 29, 1628. He married Dorothy, daughter of William Button, of Ashton, who was buried December 13, 1631-2. Her will was dated December 7, 1631, and proved January 13, 1631-2. Children: 1. Mary, married Sir Henry Rouswell; buried November 4, 1643. 2. Sir John, died August 25, 1636. 3. William, mentioned below.


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Bernard Drake and Gertrude Fortescue

John Drake ( -1628), of Mount Drake and Ashe; m. Dorothy, dau. of William Button, of Alton, Co. Wilts, and, by her (who d. 13 Dec. 1631), had issue:--

1. Sir John Drake, Knt., of Ashe; m. 18 May 1616, Elinor, second dau. of Sir John Butler, Bart, (created Baron Butler of Branfield, Co. Hereford); d. 4 Oct. 1666, leaving issue. His eldest son, Sir John Drake, of Ashe, was created a baronet, by King Charles II, 31 Aug. 1660.

2. William,

He was bur. in Musbury Parish Church, 11 April 1628.


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Sir Bernard Drake, Knt. m. Gertrude Fortescue

John Drake, of Ashe and Mount Drake, son and heir, m. Dorothy, dau. of William Button, Esq. of Alton, co. Wilts, and had issue, I. John, of whom hereafter. II. William,.....

Mr. Drake d. in 1628, and was s. by is eldest son,

Sir John Drake, Knt. of Ashe, who m. Helena, 2nd dau. of John, Baron Boteler of Bramfield, co Herts, by Elizabeth, his wife, dau. of Sir George Villiers, Knt. of Blokesby, co. Leicester, and half-sister to George, Duke of Buckingham. Lady Drake was co-heir of her brother, William, 2nd and last Baron Boteler, who d. s. p. The issue of this marriage were,

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IV. Elizabeth, m. to Sir Winstow Churchill, Knt., M. P., by whom she was mother of the celebrated John Churchill, Duke of Marlborough, who was b. at the mansion-house of Ashe, whilst his mother was on a visit to her father there, in 1650.


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John Drake, esq. of Mount Drake and Ashe, who m. Dorothy, daughter of William Button, esq. of Alton, Wilts, and dying in 1628, was s. by his son,

Sir John Drake, Knt. of Ashe. This gentleman m. Helena, second daughter of Sir John Butler, bart. created Baron Butler, of Bramfield, and co-heir of her brother William, second and last Lord Butler, of Bramfield, and had issue,


Elizabeth, m. to Sir Winston Churchill, knt. of Standish, in Gloucestershire, and was mother of the great Duke of Marlborough.


He d. in 1636, and was s. by his eldest son,


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John Drake, esq. of Mount Drake and Ashe, who m. Dorothy, dau. of William Button, esq. of Alton, and was s. at his decease, in 1628, by his son,

Sir John Drake, knt. of Mount Drake and Ashe. This gentleman wedded Helen, second dau. and co-heir of Sir John Butler, bart. of Hatfield Woodhouse, Herts, (who was raised to the peerage, by King James I., as Baron Butler, of Bramfield,) and dying in 1636, left issue,


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  • The Drakes of Ashe, in Devon were a very distinguished family, of whom was John Drake, Esq., one of the Council of Plymouth, a member of the original company established by King James, (unreadable (1 06)), for settling New England. Several of his sons came to New England and settled. Richard, with two or more sons and nine daughters, settled in Hampton, N. H.

John Drake of Otterton had Richard, Robert, Thomas, who went to Hartford in Herts Agnes mo.of Sir Wm. Pole, the great Antiquary, and John of Exmouth, Devon, who recovered Ashe and m. Margaret dau. of John Colehill, and had, among others:

I. Joan Drake, m. Walter, son of William and Jane Grenville, dau. of Sir Thomas Raleigh. He m. (2) __ Daniels; (3) Katharine, dau. of Sir Philip Champernown and wid. of Otho Gilbert; by d m. had Sir Walter Raleigh, b. 15?2. 1, John Raleigh, m. Ann Fortesque, sis. of GERTRUDE who m. Sir BERNARD DRAKE of Ashe. 2. George Raleigh, m. Katharine, dau. of Otho and Katharine (Champernown) Gilbert, and sis. of Sir John, Sir Humphrey and Sir Adwin Gilbert.

II. Sir John Drake, Exq., of Ashe, High Sheriff of Devon; d. 1588; m. 1529, Amy Grenville, sis. to Sir Richard, and had: 1. Sir BERNARD DRAKE, b. abt. 1530; a distinguished Naval Officer; d. Jan. 11, 1585; gave Sir Francis, s. of Edmund Drake, b. 1545, the great Admiral, a box on the ear for assuming the family arms, Sir Francis being of a younger branch. He m. GERTRUDE FORTESQUE, and had; 1. John, d. 1628; m. Helena, dau. of John, Baron Boteler of Herts, and his wf. Elizabeth, half-sis. to Geo. Villiers, Duke of Buckingham, and had: 1. Sir John. 2. George, d. unm., 1664. 3. Thomas of Ireland; d. s. i. 1659. 4. Henry, settled at Barnstaple, Devon, of which he was Mayor, 1679. 5. Dorothy. 6. Mary. 7. Eleanor. 8. Elizabeth, m. Sir Winston Churchill. (1). John Churchill, b. at Ashe (while his mother was on a visit to her father) Duke of Marlboro; m. Sarah Jennings. (2) Arabella, had 4 chil. by James, Duke of York, afterwards James II, King of England. She afterwards m. Col. Charles Godfrey, and had, 1. Charlotte, m. April 23, 1700, High Bascawen, Viscount Falmouth and had 18 chil. (3) George. 2. Margaret, m. John Sherman and had dau. Alice, m. Richard Percival, ancestor of Earls of Egmont. 2. Robert Drake of Wiscomb, m. and had 7 sons and 3 daus. 1. William. 2. Bernard. 3. John, m. and had i. 4. Robert. 5. Henry, killed in army; s. i. 6. Nicholas, m. Katharine, dau. of William Tothill and wid. of Wm. Kingsley. 7. Humphrey. 8. Gertrude. 9. Amy. 10. Ursula. 3. Richard Drake, b. 1534; of Surrey; d. July 11, 1603, Equerry to Queen Elizabeth. Introduced his kinsman, Francis Drake, afterwards the great Admiral, to the Queen; m. Ursula, dau. of Sir Wm. Stafford. 1. Francis Drake of Shardeloes, d. 1613; m. Joan, dau. of Wm. Tothill of Shardeloes, Esq. At her house Thomas Hooker sojourned, afterwards ??u de? of the Conn. Colony. 2. George Drake of Spratshays, Esq.; supposed of this family; had dau; Katharine m. John Ford of Bagton, Devon, Eng. who had Sir Henry Ford, Secretary of Stateof Ireland for Charles II; sold Bagton to Mr. Tothill, whose descendants sold it to Lord Ashburton.


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Sir Barnard Drake, of Ashe's Timeline

Ashe (or Musbury, Devonshire), Dorsetshire, England
Age 10
Stourpaine, Dorsetshire, England, United Kingdom
Age 20
Dorsetshire, England, United Kingdom
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Colyton, Devon, England
April 10, 1586
Age 58
Ashe, Devon, England
April 12, 1586
Age 58
Musbury, Devonshire, England, United Kingdom
May 6, 1936
Age 58
May 6, 1939
Age 58
May 6, 1939
Age 58
May 6, 1939
Age 58