Francis Drake (diplomat)

Francis Drake (diplomat)

Francis Drake (1764-1821) of Yardbury and Wells was a British diplomat, holding positions at Genoa and Munich during the Napoleonic Wars.

Francis Drake was the son of Rev. Francis Drake, Vicar of Seaton and Beer. In 1790 Drake was appointed Secretary of Legation to the Court of Copenhagen. ["London Gazette", 30 November 1790] , moving on to be Minsister Resident at Venice ["London Gazette", 15 January 1793] before becoming envoy to Genoa in 1793. [ [ Drake of Colyton Papers. Francis Drake, diplomat: 1792-3] ] He took leave to return from Genoa to England to marry in 1795. [ [ Drake of Colyton Papers. Francis Drake, diplomat: 1794-5] ] In 1799 he was appointed Envoy Extraordinary to the Elector Palatine, and Minister to the Diet of Ratisbon. ["London Gazette", 8 June 1799; [ Drake of Colyton Papers. Francis Drake, diplomat: 1795-1804] ] He kept up correspondence with French informants, and in 1804 was politically embarrassed when some letters, revealing the plans of Charles Pichegru and Georges Cadoudal to mount an uprising on the left bank of the Rhine, were intercepted by the French government and circulated to foreign ministers in Paris. ["Procédure contre Georges, Pichegru, etc. : Correspondance de M. Drake", Paris, 1804. "Geheime Instruction und Briefe des englischen Gesandten in München (F. Drake) an die englischen Agenten in Paris", 1804]


External links

* [ Papers of Francis Drake of Yardbury and Wells] at Somerset Record Office

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