Name: John DRAKE , of Ash & Musbury, Esq 1 2 3
Birth: ABT 1478 in Ash, Dartmouth, Devon, England
Death: 9 NOV 1554 in Musbury Manor, Axminster, Devon, England
MUSBURY, in the hundred of Axminster and in the deanery of Honiton, lies about nine miles from Honiton, and about two from Colyton.
The manor of Musbury belonged, in the reign of William the Conqueror, to Baldwin de Sap, or de Brioniis, from whom it passed, by successive female heirs, to the Courtenays, by the same title as the castle of Exeter. After the attainder of the Marquis of Exeter, it was given to Sir Edward North, who sold it to John Drake, Esq., of Ash. This place gave name to the family of De Esse, or Ash, who possessed it, by gift of the Courtenays, at an early period. Henry de Esse gave it to Julian, wife of John Orwey. It was afterwards successively in the families of Street and Hampton, in consequence of marriages with the co-heiresses of Orwey. A co-heiress of Hampton brought it to Billet, whose heiress married Drake, and afterwards Frankcheyney. The Drakes eventually became possessed of this place, which continued to be their chief seat for many generations. Sir Bernard Drake, born at Ash, became an eminent military character in the reign of Queen Elizabeth: he died in 1585, of a pestilential fever caught at the assizes at Exeter. Sir John Drake, his greatgrandson, was created a baronet in 1660; he rebuilt the old mansion at Ash, which had been demolished in the civil wars. The title became extinct on the death of Sir William Drake, the sixth baronet, in 1733: his widow survived till 1782.
['Parishes: Maker - Musbury', Magna Britannia: volume 6: Devonshire (1822), pp. 326-360. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk]
NOTE: The Marquis of Exeter was executed 9 Jan 1538/9, so it was sometime after that when John purchased Musbury.
Father: John DRAKE , of Otterton & Ash, Esq b: ABT 1455 in Otterton, St Thomas, Devon, England
Mother: Agnes KAILWAY , heiress of Ash b: ABT 1460 in Ash, Dartmouth, Devon, England
Margaret COLE , heiress of Rill b: ABT 1482 in Slade, Cullompton, Devon, England
- Francis DRAKE b: ABT 1516 in Ash, Dartmouth, Devon, England
- Title: Magna Britannia, volume 6, Devonshire, 1822, Daniel & Samuel Lysons, www.british-history.ac.uk
- Title: Visitation of the County of Devon in the Year 1620, edited by Frederic Thomas Colby, 1872, https://archive.org
Text: John Drake of Murbury, Esq
- Title: Magna Charta Sureties 1215, Frederick Lewis Weis, additions by Walter Lee Sheppard Jr, 5th Edition, 1999
Text: John Drake of Exmouth & Musbury, father of John Drake of Ashe & Musbury