Sir Francis Drake (1540-1596), a legendary explorer for Queen Elizabeth I and a bit of a pirate....ahem, privateer... gathering a fantastic amount of booty-the old fashioned kind-from the Spanish.  He also circumnavigated the globe, third after Magellan and some guy I'd never heardof-García Jofre de Loaísa.  See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_circumnavigations

Sir Frances Drake, the Devonshire seaman returned to Plymouth in the Golden Hind, becoming the first British navigator to circumnavigate the earth on this day September, 1580

The replica of Sir Francis Drake's English galleon GOLDEN HIND. She was originally named Pelican but he changed the to Golden Hind, mid-voyage, in 1568 to compliment his patron, Sir Christopher Patton.

The replica of Sir Francis Drake's English galleon Golden Hind. She was originally named Pelican but he changed the to Golden Hind, mid-voyage, in 1568 to compliment his patron, Sir Christopher Patton. I've been aboard this ship - a precious memory!

The Golden Hind, Sir Francis Drakes historic sailing ship replica under full sail, off the US west coast at sunrise, commemorating Drake's around the world (1577-1580) Voyage of Discovery, property released,.  COPYRIGHT:Joel Rogers

The Golden Hind, Sir Francis Drakes historic sailing ship replica under full sail, off the US west coast at sunrise, commemorating Drake's around the world Voyage of Discovery

The Drake Jewel given to Sir Francis Drake by Elizabeth I probably in the year 1586. Victoria and Albert Museum.

The Drake Jewel ~ Given by Elizabeth I to Sir Francis Drake 1586

Sir Francis Drake (1541 or 1542) in England.     Among many of his achievements he is perhaps remembered best for his involvement in the Spanish Armada and circumnavigating the globe on his famous World Voyage.  Sir Francis Drake died of dysentery at 55. The next day he was buried at sea in a lead coffin off Puerto Bello to the sound of trumpets and cannons.

Sir Francis Drake, circa 1581 (notice the shirt is the same as in Hilliard's miniature)

Traveling through history of Art...Portrait of Lady Hillingdon, detail, by Sir Francis Bernard Dicksee, 1904.

Portrait of Lady Hillingdon, 1904 (detail) ~ Sir Francis (Frank) Bernard Dicksee

Francis Drake was one of the Sea Dogs or aka English captains; Elizabeth was the one who encouraged them to go against Spain. She then made him a knight and King Philip could not say anything to him.

Francis Drake born c. 1540 in Tavistock, Devon, England was one of the Sea Dogs or aka English captains; Elizabeth I was the one who encouraged them to go against Spain. She then made him a knight and King Philip could not say anything to him.

"Mrs Ernest Guinness", 1912, by Sir Francis Bernard Dicksee (English, 1853-1928)

Frank Bernard Dicksee - Portrait of the Hon. Mrs Ernest Guinness, standing, full-length, wearing an emerald dress and feather - 1912

Disturb Us Lord

Disturb us Lord, attributed to Sir Francis Drake. Not sure if the last two lines were originally in there .

"Knitting A Stocking" by Sir Francis Grant (Scottish, 1803-1878)

Knitting a Stocking Sir Francis Grant Scottish Oil on canvas Location unknown

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