Sir Robert Drake

1529–30 March 1600 (Age 71)
Musbury, Devon, England, United Kingdom

The Life Summary of Robert

When Sir Robert Drake was born in 1529, in Musbury, Devon, England, United Kingdom, his father, Sir John VI DRAKE, Lord of Musbury, was 27 and his mother, Amye Grenville, was 16. He married Lady Elizabeth Prideaux on 1 January 1544, in Wiscombe Park, Devon, England. They were the parents of at least 7 sons and 6 daughters. He died on 30 March 1600, in Southleigh, Devon, England, United Kingdom, at the age of 71, and was buried in Southleigh, Devon, England.

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Sir Robert Drake
Lady Elizabeth Prideaux
Marriage: 1 January 1544
Amy Drake
Mary Drake
Agnes Amanda Drake
Joan Drake
John Drake
Humphrey Drake
Captain Robert Drake
Henry Drake of Childhay
Ursula Drake
Bernard Drake
Nicholas Drake
Gertrude Drake
William Drake

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  • Marriage
    1 January 1544Wiscombe Park, Devon, England
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    World Events (6)

    1549 · Book of Common Prayer
    Age 20
    Book of Common Prayer, a product of the English Reformation, was published in 1549 for assistance in the administration of the sacraments and other rites and ceremonies of the church according to the use of the Church of England. The book outlined morning, evening, and communion prayers and orders for baptism and marriage, thus making England a truly Protestant state.
    1558 · Act of Uniformity
    Age 29
    The Act of Uniformity was passed by the Parliament of England and required all people to go to church once a week. The consequence of not attending church was a fine of 12 pence, which was a considerable amount for a poor person.
    1569 · State Lottery
    Age 40
    A State Lottery was recorded in 1569. The tickets were sold at St. Paul's Cathedral in London.

    Name Meaning

    English: nickname from Middle English drake, either ‘drake, male duck’ (compare Duck ) or ‘dragon’ (Old English draca ‘snake, dragon’ or the cognate Old Norse draki), including an emblematic dragon on a flag (compare Dragon ). Both the Old English and the Old Norse forms are from Latin draco ‘snake, monster’; its sense as a nickname is unclear but it may have had the sense ‘standard bearer’. The name was taken to Ireland in the 13th century and reinforced by later English settlers in the 17th century.German: from Low German drake ‘dragon’, familiar as image on signboards, hence a topographic or habitational name referring to a house or inn with such signboard.Dutch: variant, mostly Americanized and Flemish, of Draak, a cognate of 2 above, from draak (Middle Dutch drake) ‘dragon’.

    Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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    Sources (43)

    • Robert Drake in entry for Elizabeth Drake, "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975"
    • U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900
    • Robert Drake, "Find A Grave Index"

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