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Drake, Francis William

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Title Vice-Admiral (RN)
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Birth (nk) Death 00/00/1788
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Biography
He was an indirect descendant of Sir Francis Drake. Francis William Drake is often confused with his younger brother, also a naval officer whose death occurred around the same time. He was married to a minor, the daughter of the member of Parliament for Guilford, in 1788.
 
Military Service
He joined the Royal Navy and commanded several ships including HMS Fowey before 1750. In 1750, Drake served as the de facto Governor of Newfoundland under Commodore Rodney, senior naval officer in 1750 and 1751, and was promoted to the full position in 1752. Drake served during the Seven Years War and the American Revolutionary War. He was promoted Vice-Admiral of the Blue RN in 1780 and Vice-Admiral of the Red RN in 1757.
 
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References
MacFarlane, John M. (1994);
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2010-12-03

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