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{{subst:Quick infobox|William Drake|1723|1801|}} William Drake (born 1723 died 1801), antiquary and philologist, second surviving son of Francis Drake (1696–1771), by his wife Mary, third daughter of George Woodyear of Crook Hill, near Doncaster, was baptised at St. Michael-le-Belfry, York, on 10 January 1722–3. He matriculated at Christ Church, Oxford, on 21 March 1740–1, proceeded BA 19 October 1744, and took orders (College Register). For a few years he was third master of Westminster School. In 1750 he was appointed master of Felstead grammar school, Essex (Gentlemen's Magazine. xx. 237), and rector of Layer Marney in the same county, 1 December 1764 (Morant, Hist. of Essex, i. 409, ii. 421). He continued to hold both appointments until 1777, when he was presented to the vicarage of Isleworth, Middlesex. He died at Isleworth on 13 May 1801 (Gentlemen's Magazine. lxxi. part i. 574; Aungier, Hist. of Syon Monastery, etc. pages 145, 161 (tomb), 183). Drake, who had been elected a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries on 29 March 1770, contributed the following papers to 'Archaeolgia:' 'Letter on the Origin of the word Romance', iv. 142–8; 'Observations on two Roman Stations in the county of Essex', v. 137–42; 'Letter on the Origin of the English Language', v. 306–17; 'Further Remarks on the Origin of the English Language', v. 379–89; 'Account of some Discoveries in the Church of Brotherton in the county of York', ix. 253–67; 'Observations on the Derivation of the English Language', ix. 332–61.[DNB 1][DNB 2][DNB 3][DNB 4][DNB 5][DNB 6][1]


  1.  This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain

    G. G.

    (1888). "Drake, William (DNB00)". In Stephen, Leslie. Dictionary of National Biography 15. London: Smith, Elder & Co. p. 0.

DNB references[edit]

These references are found in the DNB article referred to above.

  1. Davies's Memoir of Francis Drake in Yorkshire Archaeolgical and Topographical Journal, iii. 33–54
  2. Nichols's Lit. Anecd. ii. 87 n.
  3. Nichols's Illustr. of Lit. iv. 620
  4. Lysons's Environs, iii. 108, Supplement, page 204
  5. [Gough's] List of Society of Antiquaries, 1717–96, page 23
  6. Alumni Oxon. (Foster), i. 386.

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