Drake at the Suit of John Doughty

By W. Senior, published October 1921

Abstract

Thomas Doughty was beheaded in Patagonia by Drake in 1578. Doughty’s brother, John, commenced murder proceedings against Drake upon their return to England.   After establishing his locus standi, Doughty had to apply to, crucially, both the High Constable and the Earl Marshal of the Court of Chivalry for trial by combat.   Queen Elizabeth declined to appoint a High Constable; she had just been enormously enriched by Drake’s captured treasure.   Doughty’s action therefore failed. Drake always asserted that he had a Crown Commission i.e. authority to kill Doughty, but it was never produced and formed no part of these proceedings.

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Filed under: Atlantic | Tudors | Francis Drake | Mutiny & Discipline
Subjects include: Administration

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