John Drake (died 1628)

John Drake (c.1556 – 11 April 1628) was an English politician who sat in the House of Commons at various times between 1614 and 1626.

John Drake
Arms of Drake of Ash: Argent, a wyvern wings displayed and tail nowed gules
Bornc 1556
Died11 April 1628
Spouse(s)Dorothy Button
Parent(s)Sir Bernard Drake

Drake was the eldest son of Sir Bernard Drake, of Ash and Mount Drake, Devon. He matriculated at Hart Hall, Oxford in 1573, aged 17 and studied law at the Middle Temple in 1578. He succeeded his father in 1586.

He sat on the bench as Justice of the Peace for Devon by 1601 to his death and for Dorset from 1614 to his death. He was appointed High Sheriff of Devon for 1604–05 and deputy-lieutenant for Devon from 1614 to his death.

He was a member of the Virginia Company from 1612 and the New England Company from 1620.

In 1614, he was elected Member of Parliament for Devon. He was re-elected MP for Devon in 1621 and 1624. In 1625 he was elected MP for Lyme Regis. He was elected MP for Devon again in 1626.[1]

Drake died and was buried at Musbury the same day on 11 April 1628. He had married Dorothy, the daughter of William Button of Alton Priors, Wiltshire, with whom he had two sons and a daughter. John Drake (1591-1636), Mary Drake (1594-1643) and William Drake (1596-1640).


  • "DRAKE, John (c.1560-1628), of Mount Drake and Ash, Musbury, Devon". History of Parliament Online. Retrieved 10 May 2013.
Parliament of England
Preceded by
Sir Edward Seymour, 1st Baronet
Sir John Acland
Member of Parliament for Devon
With: Sir Edward Giles
Succeeded by
Sir Francis Fulford
Francis Courtenay
Preceded by
Sir John Drake
William Wynn
Member of Parliament for Lyme Regis
With: Thomas Paramour
Succeeded by
Thomas Paramour
Sir Walter Erle
Preceded by
Francis Fulford
Francis Courtenay
Member of Parliament for Devon
With: John Pole
Succeeded by
John Bampfield
Sir Francis Drake, 1st Baronet
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