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Philip Courtenay, K.G.

Also Known As: "SirPhilip /Courtenay/", "Philip /Courtenay/de/"
Birthplace: Exeter, Devonshire, England
Death: Died in Exeter, Devonshire, England
Place of Burial: Exeter, Devonshire, England, United Kingdom
Immediate Family:

Son of Hugh de Courtenay, 2nd Earl of Devon and Margaret de Bohun, Countess of Devon
Husband of Ann (Margaret) Courtenay
Father of Richard Courtenay, Bishop of Norwich; Margaret Elizabeth Carey; Sir John Courtenay; Peter Courtenay; Agnes - Anne Courtenay and 1 other
Brother of Hugh Courtenay, Earl of Devon; Margaret de Cobham; Joan Courtenay; Thomas Courtenay; Elizabeth de Vere and 13 others
Half brother of John le Bon

Occupation: Knight, Knight 1367; Lieutenant of Ireland between 1383 and 1393., Captain of Calais; Chamberlain to King Richard II; Castellan of Windsor; Standard-Bearer to King Edward III, Lord Lieutenant of Ireland
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About Sir Philip Courtenay

Sir Philip began building the Castle as we see it today in 1391. The building had the typical medieval long hall layout with six tall towers, only one of which remains today. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Our Noble & Gentle Families of Royal Descent Together with Their Paternal Ancestry by Joseph Foster p 721 1887 Edition: of Powderham Castle, Devon, which was his mother's marriage portion, served the the wars of Edward III and Richard II, knighted by "the black prince" the day before the battle of Havaret in Spain, with his brothers, Hugh and Peter, lord lieutenant of Ireland, steward of the stannaries, knight of the sire Devon, imprisoned for a short time in the Tower;

per Marlyn Lewis

Lord Lt. of Ireland


Birth: unknown

Death: 1409

7th son of the 2nd Earl of Devon, and was courtier to King Richard II.



Exeter Cathedral


Devon, England

Plot: brass, South Ambulatory

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-------------------- Hugh de Courtenay, 10th Earl of Devon

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Hugh married Margaret daughter of Humphrey De Bohun, Earl of Hereford and of Essex by Elizabeth of Rhuddlan, and a granddaughter of King Edward I of England on 11 August 1325, when he moved into Powderham Castle, although his father was still living. He had been promised to Margaret by contract since 27 September 1314.

They had a large family which included

Sir Philip of Powderham Castle, Born: c.1342, Died: 29 July 1406. Married Ann Wake, daughter of Sir Thomas Wake by Alice Pateshull.

Name: Phillip de Courtenay

Prefix: Sir

Given Name: Phillip

Surname: de Courtenay

Sex: M

_UID: AA122AFA5118D811BE490080C8C142CC50AB

Change Date: 24 Jun 2004

Note: Lord Lieutnant of Ireland

Birth: 1340

Death: 29 JUL 1406

Father: Hugh de Courtenay b: 12 JUL 1303

Mother: Margaret de Bohun b: 1 FEB 1310 in Tynemouth, Northumberland, England

Marriage 1 Margaret (or Ann) Ware



John Courtenay b: 1384

Phillip COURTENAY of Powderham (Sir)

Born: BET 1340/46

Died: 29 Jul 1406

Father: Hugh COURTENAY (2° E. Devon)

Mother: Margaret De BOHUN (C. Devon)

Married: Anne WAKE (dau. of Sir Thomas Wake)


1. Richard COURTENAY (Bishop of Norwich)

2. John COURTENAY (Sir)

3. William COURTENAY (Sir)


5. Margaret COURTENAY

-------------------- Knight of the Garter

Lord of Powderham Castle

Knight of the Shire for Devon, UK

Lord Lieutenant of Ireland 1383-1393

Steward of Cornwall

-------------------- Sir Philip Courtenay I (c.1342-1406), KG, of Powderham, Devon was a Knight of the Shire for Devon. He should be distinguished from his grandson Sir Philip Courtenay II (1404–1463) of Powderham.

He was a younger son of Hugh Courtenay, 2nd Earl of Devon (1303–1377) and Margaret de Bohun daughter of Humphrey de Bohun, Earl of Hereford. He married Ann Wake, daughter of Sir Thomas Wake by Alice Pateshull.[1]

Military and naval career

He was known as a rash, angry and temperamental man but was skillful in naval and military affairs. Philip served during the Spanish War. He was with Edward the Black Prince at the famous victory of the Battle of Najera. He was knighted before the battle with his brothers Peter Courtenay, K.G., and Hugh Courtenay, K.G.[2]

On his return Sir Philip was made Admiral of the West responsible for defending a coast plagued by pirates. In 1373 he was put in charge of a large supply convoy to Gascony. In August, the expedition took the Castle of Gurry.

Back in England, he launched a petition to parliament protesting against corruption of the Stannaries, which he claimed was preventing protection and patrol of the coastline. That August, Philip was engaged with Peter in a desperate battle against the Spaniards during which they were both captured as supplies failed to get through to Gascony. Two Bristol burgesses paid a large ransom for their release. In return they were granted trading exemptions from customs tax.

In February 1383, he become Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, serving for 10 years under King Richard II. He attended the parliament that met at Salisbury in April 1384, but in July his duties were taken over by the deputies. In 1385 the King gave him powers of administration in Dublin. He did not stay long and returned to London on 6 May. That Christmas the Great Council met to discuss charges of extortion levelled at Courtenay. In January 1386 he was dismissed from his post, arrested by the Crown in March. Sir Robert de Vere was created Marquess of Dublin and Viceroy. By 1387, De Vere was styling himself as duke of Ireland. Courtenay was elected for the commons in October 1386, and petitioned against the injustice. He received compensation for the loss of Ireland. By the end of 1387, the Lords Appellant had banished de Vere.


He also served as Steward of Cornwall in the 12th year of the reign of Richard II.[2] Pope Urban VI challenged the English to join a Crusade in 1383. John of Gaunt opposed any such venture; whereas the clerical party was supported by Bishop Despenser of Norwich and Sir Philip Courtenay. Gaunt made the Priory of Somborne over to the Courtenays. There in Hampshire they attacked and tortured the Carmelites, and when they accused Gaunt of treason, the knights caused the death of the Friar.

It is perhaps as well for his privilege that Sir Philip was elected to parliament in February 1383 for he was not a favourite of Richard II. Edward III had granted him a pension of £100 for life, which was confirmed by Richard II in 1378. The Black Prince had granted him two annuities of £50 each from the Duchy of Cornwall, which were doubled on his marriage in 1393.

Richard II demanded his presence in parliament because he had been given the official post of Keeper of Dartmoor Forest in 1370, and granted substantial estates in Devon from 1380. In March 1388, he received four parks, which he forfeited to the Merciless Parliament. But he was granted the Royal Manor of Haslebury Plucknett for a period of six years. In 1391, the manor of Dartmoor and manor of Bradninch were granted to him and his wife, for the sum of £39 p/a. All these landholding decisions were confirmed by Henry IV.

In December 1404, the King ordered Philip to grant Dartmoor and Bradninch to Henry, Prince of Wales.


Courtenay was still Steward of the Duchy of Cornwall until 1392. Two years later he was preparing to go on an expedition with the king to Ireland. Philip was in charge of royal household arrangements. He was to this end commissioned to find fish from Devon and Cornwall for provisions. Whilst in Ireland he soon fell out with de Vere, the royal favourite, and was removed as royal troops commissioner.

Military experience

By 1399 Sir Philip was an experienced soldier called upon to suppress the Welsh revolt. He called up the Commissions of Array. He bought transporters of the soldiers and horses for the 1402 expedition to Brittany, and the sailing against the King of Scotland in 1400.


He criticised ships lying idle in the docks, and reported to the Royal Council. They urged Henry IV to bring the experience of the West Country men in provisioning stores against France in 1402. Sir Philip also sat on the Council of 1405. Despite falling into terrible debts governing Ireland, he was exonerated of any crimes and pardoned by the King in 1393. When two men were dispossessed of their property Philip encouraged arbitrators Sir Peter Chudleigh and Sir James Chudleigh MP to decide.[3] Many men complained of Courtenay's conduct: Sir Thomas Pomeroy was returned some property lost in Exeter in 1402. And Nicholas Potyngton managed to renew his complaint of 1393 for the loss of manor of Bickleigh. Abbot of Newenham's was stolen by sixty retainers; Courtenay ignored the summons. This he also did forbidding access to Abbot of Beaulieu.[4]


Sir Philip was imprisoned in the Tower in November 1402 for clerical abuses against the Church. On 29 November he was forced to pay a recognizance of £100 by Sir John Arundell and to Sir John Herle and Sir William Sturmy a surety of £1000.


Philip had been very fortunate to receive property on the death of relatives. In 1357 he received the reversion the manor of Moreton on the death of his brother, Thomas. In 1374 he had gained Broadwindsor and Cadleigh on the death of his brother, Sir Peter Courtenay, and the reversion of Honiton and Nuneham Courtenay, and East Coker. The Earl left him 100 marks in his will. In 1377, Sir Philip returned advowsons of Honiton and East Coker to Exeter Cathedral to construct a memorial to his father. His mother also left him seven manors from 1391 as well as her chapel.

Philip was granted Powderham Castle by his mother upon her death in 1391, as well as seven other manors.[5] He was succeeded by his son, Richard, Lord Bishop of Ireland, upon his death on 29 July 1406.[6] At that time he held one manor and hamlet in Dorset; three manors and a moiety and three advoswons in Somerset; and seventeen manors and five advowsons in Devon with some smaller properties. He was valued in 1405 to have an income of £140 pa.


Children of Sir Philip Courtenay and Ann Wake:[1]

Richard Courtenay, Bishop of Norwich
Sir John Courtenay, married Joan, daughter of Alexander Champer of Bere Ferrers[7]
Elizabeth Courtenay, married Sir Robert Cary[8]

1.^ a b Gibbs, Roscoe; Halliday, Maria (1884), A delineation of the Courtenay mantelpiece in the episcopal palace at Exeter, by R. Gibbs, with a biogr. notice of P. Courtenay, bishop of Exeter 1478 to 1487, to which is added a description of the Courtenay mantelpiece, by M. Halliday, Oxford University, pp. 2, retrieved 13 March 2011
2.^ a b Vivian, John Lambrick (1887), The visitations of Cornwall: comprising the Heralds' visitations of 1530, 1573 & 1620, W. Pollard, pp. 102–103, retrieved 13 March 2011
3.^ C Rawcliffe, "Parliament and Settlement of disputes", Parliamentary History, ix, pt 2, 334-7
4.^ Thomas Erskine May, "Parliamentary Practice", 14th ed., 68-9
5.^ White, William (1879), History, gazetteer and directory of the county of Devon: including the city of Exeter, and comprising a general survey of the county, White, pp. 675, retrieved 13 March 2011
6.^ Carpenter, William (1867), Peerage for the people, William Carpenter, pp. 203–204, retrieved 13 March 2011
7.^ G E Cockayne, new ed. (1910-59), vol. [A-C,], 335 - note: the usage at the time publication for "de" that ended during 15th Century
8.^ Wheater, William; Smith, William (1891), Old Yorkshire, Volume 3, Longmans, Green, pp. 194, retrieved 13 March 2011

-------------------- Was Knighted by King Edward III -------------------- Was Knighted by King Edward III

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Sir Philip Courtenay's Timeline

Exeter, Devonshire, England
Age 40
Age 42
Powderham, Devonshire, England
Age 43
Of, Powderham, Devonshire, England
Age 44
Powderham, Devonshire, England
Age 46
Powderham, Devonshire, England
Age 52
Powderham, Devonshire, England, United Kingdom
July 29, 1406
Age 66
Exeter, Devonshire, England
July 29, 1406
Age 66
Exeter, Devonshire, England, United Kingdom
November 1, 1930
Age 66