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National Trust, Buckland Abbey
National Trust, Buckland Abbey

Photo credit: National Trust Images/Andrew Butler

Buckland Abbey, whose buildings are survivals of a Cistercian abbey founded by Amicia de Clare, Countess of Devon in 1278, and dissolved by Henry VIII in 1539, was the home, successively, of two great English naval heroes: Sir Richard Grenville (1542–1591) and Sir Francs Drake (c.1540–1596). The last Drake descendant to live there was Captain Richard Owen-Tapps-Gervis-Meyrick (1892–1948) who sold the Abbey in 1948, after it had been gutted by fire in 1938. Partly administered by the Plymouth Museums and Art Gallery, most of the pictures are on loan, along with Drake’s Drum and the Drake Cup. A few, however, have come to the National Trust subsequently, thanks to a provision in the will of Lady Samuel, a small, fine collection of Dutch pictures of the Golden Age – a fragment of the much larger collection of her husband, Sir Harold Samuel, Lord Samuel of Wych Cross, the bulk of which was left to the City of London and adorns the Mansion House.

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Yelverton, Devon PL20 6EY England

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