3 December 2003
DRAKE, Sir Francis (1540?-1596). Document signed, an indenture for the sale of Gayhurst Manor in Buckinghamshire to William Mulsho, of London, n.p., 13 January 1582, in Latin, on vellum, one membrane, 344 x 600 mm, 4l lines written in brown ink, initial letter of first word ('Hic') decorated with strapwork, seal (defective) in brown wax pendent on vellum tag, signed on folded back foot ('Fra: drake'), partly over threaded-through vellum tag, chancery endorsement in lower right corner ('Recognit[a] coram me Mattheo Carew in Cancell[ari] M[agist]ro die vicesimo m[ens]is et anni suprascript:'], contemporary endorsements on verso.
The document records the sale of the manor of 'Gothurst alias Gayhurst et Stokegoldington', granted to Drake after his return from his circumnavigation of the globe in September 1580. It officially passed to him on the day before the present document was signed.
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