Drake and His Detractors Part I

By Geoffrey Callender, published March 1921


This paper is a response to Robinson’s ‘A Forgotten Life of Francis Drake’ in MM 1921/1, particularly the criticism of its author, and the execution of Thomas Doughty on a number of charges including theft from a prize and brutality. He suggests that the criticism of Drake is based only on the evidence of two anti-Drake members of the expedition, one of whom, the Chaplain, signed all 30 accusations against Doughty. The author describes how the Chaplain blamed Drake for the loss of the Marigold and is placed in chains by Drake for undermining the discipline of the expedition.

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Filed under: Atlantic | Tudors | Francis Drake | Mutiny & Discipline | Indian Ocean | Pacific
Subjects include: Science & Exploration

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