Hawise de Crucy, lady of Okehampton

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Hawise de Courcy (d’Avranches), Heiress of Okehampton

Also Known As: "Hawise de Courtenay"
Birthplace: Okehampton, Devonshire, England
Death: August 01, 1209
Chard, Dorset, England
Place of Burial: Dorset, England
Immediate Family:

Daughter of William de Courcy and Matilda d'Avenel, Dame du Sap, Heiress of Okehampton
Wife of Reynold Il de Courtenay
Mother of Reynold Ill de Courtenay; Henry Courtenay and Sir Robert de Courtenay, Baron of Okehampton
Half sister of Eleanor Curcy; Jeanne de Courcy; Robert de Courcy, III, Baron de Courcy and Maud fitzRobert, Dame du Sap

Occupation: Lady of Okehampton, Heiress of the Barony of Okehampton
Managed by: James Fred Patin, Jr.
Last Updated:

About Hawise de Crucy, lady of Okehampton

Hawise de Crucy, lady of Okehampton

  • Born before 1162
  • Died 31 July 1219
  • Daughter of William de Crucy and Matilda d'Avranches
  • Wife of Reynold ll de Courtenay (d 1194) - married after 1173 / before 1178


“Royal Ancestry: A Study in Colonial & Medieval Families,” Douglas Richardson (2013):

REYNOLD DE COURTENAY, in right of his wife, of Okehampton, Alphington, Kenn, Musbury, Wimple, and Winkleigh, Devon, younger son by his father's 1st marriage, born about 1150.

He married after 1173 and before 1178 HAWISE DE COURCY, daughter and heiress of William de Courcy, by Maud, daughter of Robert d'Avranches. She was born before 1162, and was the older half-sister of his father's 2nd wife, Maud Fitz Robert.

They had three sons,

  • 1. Robert, Knt.,
  • 2. Reynold, Knt., and
  • 3. Henry.

In 1178 he and his wife, Hawise, were granted license to have a free chapel at Oakhampton, Devon.

At an unknown date, he witnessed a charter of his brother, Robert de Courtenay.

REYNOLD DE COURTENAY died 27 Sept. 1194, and was buried at Ford Abbey, Dorset.

In 1199 she fined for 300 marks for the lands of her mother, which included 40 librates in England and just as many in Normandy. In 1201 she owed 40 marks and one palfrey for 18 knights' fees. The same year she paid 40 marks for permission to cross the seas. In 1205 she owed 500 pounds and five palfreys to have livery of the honour of Oakhampton, Devon.

At an unknown date, she confirmed to Christchurch Priory the land of Wicha in the manor of Chulmleigh, Devon, which land her predecessor, Richard Fitz Baldwin, previously gave to William Martel.

Sometime during her widowhood, she granted the advowson of the church of Alphington, Devon to Henry de Courtenay. At an unknown date, she gave Ford Abbey the whole land of Haregrave, Devon in frankalmoin for maintaining three poor persons in the infirmary of the said house.

Hawise died 31 July 1219, and was buried at Ford Abbey, Dorset. On 14 August 1219 the king ordered the Sheriff of Devon to take into the king's hand all lands and tenements in his bailiwick formerly of Hawise de Courtenay, and keep them safely until the king orders otherwise. The same year her sister, Maud de Courtenay, brought a lawsuit against her, but the action was stayed due to Hawise's death.

Rénaud (Reginald) I Seigneur de Courtenay m secondly [sic: only marriage] HAWISE d´Avranches, daughter of ROBERT d´Avranches & his wife Mathilde Avenill (-1 Aug 1209).


  • The Fundationis et Fundatorum Historia of Ford Abbey records that “domina Alicia uxor domini Randolphi Avenell filia sua…unicam filiam…Matildam” had “filiam unam…Hawisiam, necnon duas alias, postea factas moniales” by her husband “Roberto de Abrincis” and that she married “Reginaldo de Courtenay” as his second wife.
  • According to Burke’s Peerage, the second wife of Renaud de Courtenay was "Maud Dame du Sap, daughter of Robert FitzRoy by his w Maud d´Avranches". However, this appears to confuse her with the wife of Guillaume de Courtenay, eldest son of Renaud by his first marriage, assuming that the primary sources correctly record the relationships which are shown here. Renaud & his first wife had three children, Guillaume, Renaud, and Elizabeth. Renaud & his second wife had one child, Robert.


  1. [S37] Charles Mosley, editor, Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knightage, 107th edition, 3 volumes (Wilmington, Delaware, U.S.A.: Burke's Peerage (Genealogical Books) Ltd, 2003), volume 1, page 1122. Hereinafter cited as Burke's Peerage and Baronetage, 107th edition.

Hawise De Courcy De Courtenay BIRTH 1135 Okehampton, West Devon Borough, Devon, England DEATH 31 Jul 1209 (aged 73–74) Thorncombe, West Dorset District, Dorset, England BURIAL Forde Abbey Thorncombe, West Dorset District, Dorset, England PLOT South Side of high altar MEMORIAL ID 65820580

Family Members Spouse Renauld de Courtenay 1125–1194


Robert de Courtenay 1183–1242

Hawise was her father's sole heir.


  • http://freepages.rootsweb.com/~elessar5/genealogy/pafn1777.htm Reginald de Courtenay (along with his son William de Courtenay) went to England upon the King's promise to greatly promote him there. … Soon after his arrival the King arranged the marriages of Reginald and William to his wards, the half sisters, Hawise, daughter of Robert de Abrincis and Matilda, daughter of Robert Fitz Ede. (This needs to be sorted out)
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Hawise de Crucy, lady of Okehampton's Timeline

Okehampton, Devonshire, England
July 1, 1174
Okehampton (Devonshire) England
Of, Okehampton, Devonshire, England
August 1, 1209
Age 47
Chard, Dorset, England
Age 47
Ford Abbey, Dorset, England
March 29, 1932
Age 47
March 29, 1932
Age 47
March 29, 1932
Age 47
March 29, 1932
Age 47