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Charles Edward Francis Drake, M.D.

Arms: Azure, on a bend Argent, a wyvern Gules, a bordure counter-compony Argent and Purpure charged with three oak leaves Or.

Crest: A wyvern Gules, charged on the wings, one visible, with a wheel Argent.


Grant: The Court of the Lord Lyon, 26 April 2006. Lyon Register, volume 87, folio 73

Although my paternal ancestry is English, I was pleased with the opportunity to obtain a Scottish grant of arms. I was made a baron baillie of the Barony of Tranent through the intercession of Slains Pursuivant and the kindness of the then baron, the late David Garrison. More than 20 years ago my father, Charles Hinton Drake, obtained an English grant of arms when genealogical research on our ancestry was at an apparent impasse. When subsequent research indicated a connection to the ancient armigerous Drake family of Ashe Manor, Musbury, Devon, I wished to obtain arms which reflected this kinship.

My arms are therefore an adaptation of those stem arms, Argent a wyvern Gules. They were granted with an extended remainder to the descendants of my thrice great-grandfather, Richard Drake, whose ancestors settled in the Isle of Wight County, Virginia in the 17th Century. Both he and his son Francis Bryant Drake, an only child, were wheelwrights, hence the wheel charging the wing of the wyvern in the crest. The bordure counter-compony argent and purpure represents my grandfather, Claude, as the eighth son, the seventh having issue, of his father Robert Lemuel Drake. Robert, the sixth son of Francis, is represented by the oak leaves charging the bordure, for his wife was Elizabeth Watson.

The motto answers, Scottish-style, the ancient motto of the Drakes of Ashe, "Aquila non captat muscas." The pendant badge is there because I am a member of the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem.

The artist was Yvonne Holton.
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