Name Index


Drake - The arms of his family and surname: Argent, a waver-dragon gules

Trans. Devon. Assoc. Vol 15, Trans. Devon. Assoc. (1883), pp. 487-493.


H.H. Drake

Prepared by Michael Steer

The paper, delivered at the Association's July 1883 Exmouth meeting explores the early origins of the Drake surname, associating it with "Dragon". After receiving his knighthood Sir Francis unilaterally adopted the armorials of the ancient Devon family of Drake of Ash, to whom he claimed a distant but unspecified kinship. These arms were: Argent, a wyvern wings displayed and tail nowed gules, and the crest, a dexter arm proper grasping a battle axe sable, headed argent. The head of that family, Sir Bernard Drake (d.1586), angrily refuted the claimed kinship and his right to bear his family's arms. Queen Elizabeth, to assuage matters, awarded Sir Francis his own coat of arms. He continued to quarter his new arms with the wyvern gules. Those adopted by his nephew Sir Francis Drake, 1st Baronet (1588-1637) of Buckland were the arms of Drake of Ash, but the wyvern without a "nowed" (knotted) tail. 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.


Ambrosius, Aurelius 488
Barnes 487
Baskerville 492
Bodenham 489
Bridger, Mr Charles 491
Cadwallader 490
Canute, King 487
Charles I 487
Cooke, Robert 490-2
Coxe 488
Cromwell, Oliver 490
Crymes 490
De la More 487
Draghe, Henry 488
Drake, Sir Bernard 490-2
Drake, Elizabeth 489
Drake family throughout
Drake, Francis 491
Drake, Sir Francis 489-93
Drake, John 489
Drake, Sir John 492
Drake, Lady 492
Drake, Ralph 489-91
Drake, Abbot Reginald 489
Drake, Reginald le 488-9
Drake, Richard 491
Drake, Roger le 489-91
Drake, Thomas 489, 492
Drake, William 489
Drake, Rev William 489
Edmund, King, Ironsides 487
Edward the Confessor 488
Edward I 489-90
Edward II 489-90
Edward III 487, 489
Edward IV 489
Elizabeth I 489
Elstrack 493
Ferrers, William de 489
Gladus, Princess 488
Godwin, Bishop 488
Hawkins, Sir John 492
Henry III 488
Henry IV 489
Henry VII 487
Henry VIII 489
Hooker 488
Huntingdon, Henry of 487
Isidorus 487
Langford, John de 489
Langford, Roger de 489
Le Neve 490
Levingus, Abbot 488
Lipsius, Justus 487
Llewelyn, Prince 488
Martial 487
Maynard, Alexander 489
Maynard family 489
Maynard, Sir John 489-90
Maynard, Richard 489
Maynard, Robert 489
Maynard, William 489
Mortimer, Ralph 488
Paris, Mathew de 488
Pole, Sir William 489
Prince, John 488, 490-2
Ritson 490
Speed 487
Stow 487
Strickland, Agnes 492
Uther, King (pendragon) 488
Valdez, Don Pedro de 491
Walton, Izaak 490
Wats 488
Watson, Rev John, MA, FSA 488
Wendover, Roger of 488
Westminster, Matthew of 487
Worcester, Florence of 488