DRAX, Henry (?1693-1755), of Charborough, Dorset, and Ellerton Abbey, Yorks.
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Family and Education
b. ?1693, 1st s. of Thomas Shatterden (afterwards Drax), of Pope’s Common, Herts. and Barbados by Elizabeth, da. of Edward Ernle of Etchilhampton, Wilts. educ. Eton 1706-7; Magdalene, Camb. 1710. m.1720, his 1st cos. Elizabeth, da. and h. of Sir Edward Ernle, 3rd Bt., M.P., and gd.-da. and h. of Thomas Erle, M.P., of Charborough, 3s. 5da.
Sec. to Frederick, Prince of Wales 1744-51.
Henry Drax inherited electoral influence at Wareham through his wife’s grandfather, Thomas Erle, of Charborough. In 1754 he and his son were opposed at Wareham by the Pitts of Encombe. A double return was made, but, on a compromise arranged by Newcastle, Henry Drax took his seat. He died 24 May 1755.