Sir William Drake, 4th Baronet

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Sir William Drake, 4th Baronet (1658–1716), of Mount Drake, and Ashe House, Musbury, Devon, was an English Tory politician who sat in the English and British House of Commons from 1690 to 1715.

Ashe House, Musbury

Drake was a younger son of Sir John Drake, 1st Baronet.[1] He matriculated at Oriel College, Oxford in 1675 and was awarded BA in 1679 and MA in 1683 from Corpus Christi College, Oxford.[2] He was knighted in 1685 and succeeded his brother Bernard as 4th Baronet in 1687.He married in 1687, Judith, the daughter and coheiress of William Eveleigh of Olcomb, Ottery St. Mary, Devon, He inherited Mount Drake and Ashe House from his sister in 1694. and secondly in 1705, Mary, the daughter of Sir Peter Prideaux, 3rd Baronet, of Netherton, Devon.[1]

Drake was a Member of Parliament (MP) for Honiton in 1690–1715 and for Dartmouth in 1713–1715. He was a Lord of the Admiralty in 1710–14.[3]

Drake died in 1716, By his first wife, he had two sons and three daughters He was succeeded in the baronetcy by both sons, John and William.


  1. ^ a b Cokayne, George Edward, ed. (1903), Complete Baronetage volume 3 (1649-1664), 3, Exeter: William Pollard and Co, p. 118, retrieved 9 October 2018
  2. ^ Foster, Joseph. "Disbrowe-Dyve in Alumni Oxonienses 1500-1714 pp. 406-439". British History Online. Retrieved 4 July 2019.
  3. ^ "DRAKE, Sir William, 4th Bt. (1658-1716), of Mount Drake, and Ashe House, Musbury, Devon". History of Parliament. Retrieved 21 August 2018.
Parliament of England
Preceded by
Edmond Walrond
Richard Courtenay
Member of Parliament for Honiton
With: Sir Walter Yonge
Succeeded by
Parliament of Great Britain
Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
Parliament of England
Member of Parliament for Honiton
With: Sir Walter Yonge 1707-1711
Succeeded by
Sir William Courtenay
Sir William Yonge
Preceded by
Nathaniel Herne
Frederick Herne
Member of Parliament for Dartmouth
With: Frederick Herne 1713-1714
John Fownes 1714-1715
Succeeded by
Joseph Herne
John Fownes (junior)
Baronetage of England
Preceded by
Sir Bernard Drake, 3rd Baronet
(of Ashe)
Succeeded by
Sir John Drake, 5th Baronet