Name Index


Crowndale [and the Drake family]

Trans. Devon. Assoc., vol. 46, (1914) pp. pp.278-283.


J.J. Alexander, MA, JP

Prepared by Michael Steer

Francis Drake's forbears were dimly known and his boyhood is obscure. The Drake family was established in Crowndale a century or more before his birth. The place was originally part of the demesne land of Tavistock Abbey, but from very early days the fields at Crowndale seem to have been rented to families who had formerly served the abbot of Tavistock and the religious community. Some of their lease arrangements had endured for generations, with reasonable fees and nearly automatic renewal. Before Francis Drake spread terror through the ports of Spanish America, none of the Crowndale Drakes ever attracted much attention. Precisely when they arrived in Crowndale is unclear. Google with the Archive Organization has sponsored the digitisation of books from several libraries. The Internet Archive makes available, in its Community Texts Collection (originally known as Open Source Books), books that have been digitised by Google from a number of libraries. These are books on which copyright has expired, and are available free for educational and research use. This rare book was produced from a copy held by the Princeton University Library, and is available from the Internet Archive.


Albemarle, Duke of 282
Barrow 283
Bedford, Duke of 278, 282
Bray, Edward Atkyns 281
Browning, Stephen 278
Camden 279-82
Corbett, Julian 281
Drake, Anna 279
Drake, Rev Edmond 279-81
Drake family 281
Drake, Sir Francis 279-83
Drake, Francis 280, 282
Drake, Dr H H 280-1
Drake, Henry 278-80
Drake, John 278, 279-80
Drake, John Jnr 279
Drake, Margery 278-9
Drake, Robert 279-80
Drake, Simon 278-9
Drake, Thomas 280-2
Edward IV 278
Eliott-Drake, Lady 279
Gill, Lieutenant W T 283
Henry VIII 281-2
Hilliard, Nicholas 283
Jansen, Abram 283
Lamborne, Richard 278
Lewis 281
Luxmore, Anna 279
Melwaye, Richard 279
Monk, Christopher 282
Russell, Lord Francis 282
Russell, Lord 279
Stow 283
Strode, John 278
Zarate, Don Francisco de 283