On this day in 1581: Francis Drake is knighted by Queen Elizabeth I.
Sir Francis Drake, the Vice Admiral. Was the oldest of twelve children, his father Edmund Drake was a strong supporter of Marin Luther and was forced to flee with his family to Chatham in Kent due to the Prayer Book Rebellion in 1548. Francis was born in Crowndale near Taverstock sometime between the dates of 1540-1544.
Sir Francis was a sea caption, privateer, navigator, and self proclaimed pirate, he was also politician in Elizabeth I court and was rewarded on this date the title of knighthood. He was second- in-command of the Queen’s fleet against the Spanish Armada in 1588 and died of dysentery in January 1596 trying to unsuccessfully invade San Juan Puerto Rico.