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Sir John Courtenay, of Powderham

Birthdate: (22)
Birthplace: Powderham, Devonshire, England
Death: July 29, 1406 (18-26)
Powderham Castle, Powderham
Place of Burial: Powderham, Devonshire, England, United Kingdom
Immediate Family:

Son of Sir Philip Courtenay, Kg, Mp and Ann Courtenay (Wake)
Husband of Joan Courtenay (Champernown)
Father of Sir Humphrey Courtenay, Kt.; Ann Courtenay; Elizbeth Courtenay; Philippa Courtenay; Sir William Courtenay, Kt., of Powderham and 4 others
Brother of Margaret Carey; Richard Courtenay, Bishop of Norwich; Agnes Champernon; Peter Courtenay and Sir William Courtenay

Occupation: Sir Knight, Earl of Devon
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About Sir John Courtenay, of Powderham



  • Sir John Courtenay1,2,3,4
  • M, #16509, b. circa 1382, d. before 1415
  • Father Sir Philip Courtenay, Lord Lieut. of Ireland, Admiral of the Western Fleet5,6 b. c 1355, d. 29 Jul 1406
  • Mother Anne Wake5,6 b. c 1354, d. a 30 Mar 1404
  • Sir John Courtenay was born circa 1382 at of Powderham, Devonshire, England.7 He married Joan Champernoun, daughter of Sir Richard Champernoun, Sheriff of Devonshire and Alice de Astley, circa 1403; They had 2 sons (Sir Philip; & Sir Humphrey).7,2,8,3,4 Sir John Courtenay died before 1415.7,8,3
  • Family Joan Champernoun b. c 1376, d. 1419
  • Child
    • Sir Philip Courtenay, Forester of Dartmoor+9,8,3 b. 18 Jan 1404, d. 16 Dec 1463
  • Citations
  • [S4747] Unknown author, Magna Charta Sureties, 1215, 4th Ed., by F. L. Weis, p. 141; Plantagenet Ancestry of 17th Century Colonists, by David Faris, p. 72; Burke's Peerage, 1938, p. 803; The Ancestry of Dorothea Poyntz, by Ronny O. Bodine, p. 31.
  • [S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. I, p. 411.
  • [S4] Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. II, p. 401.
  • [S4] Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. IV, p. 92.
  • [S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. II, p. 28.
  • [S4] Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. II, p. 400.
  • [S5] Douglas Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry, p. 257.
  • [S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. II, p. 29.
  • [S5] Douglas Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry, p. 257-258.
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  • Sir John Courtenay1
  • M, #9213, d. before 1415
  • Last Edited=27 Apr 2008
  • Consanguinity Index=0.01%
  • Sir John Courtenay was the son of Sir Philip Courtenay and Anne Wake.1 He died before 1415.1
  • Child of Sir John Courtenay
    • Sir Philip Courtenay+1 d. 1463
  • Citations
  • [S37] BP2003 volume 1, page 1123. See link for full details for this source. Hereinafter cited as. [S37]
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  • John COURTENAY (Sir)
  • Born: 1384
  • Died: 1466
  • Father: Phillip COURTENAY of Powderham (Sir)
  • Mother: Anne WAKE
  • Married: Joan CHAMPERNOWNE
  • Children:
    • 1. Humphrey COURTENAY (Sir)
    • 2. Phillip COURTENAY of Powderham and Molland (Sir)
  • From: COURTENAY (Sir)1


  • Sir Philip II Courtenay (18 January 1404 – 16 December 1463) of Powderham,[a] Devon, was the senior member of a junior branch of the powerful Courtenay family, Earls of Devon.
  • Sir Philip II Courtenay was born on 18 January 1404, the eldest son and heir of Sir John Courtenay (died before 1415) of Powderham, by his wife Joan[2] Champernoun (died 1419),[3] widow and 4th wife of Sir James Chudleigh[4] and daughter of Alexander[5] Champernoun (d.1441) of Beer Ferrers,[6] Devon, by Joan Ferrers, daughter and co-heiress of Martin Ferrers[6] of Bere Ferrers.
  • He was the grandson of Sir Philip Courtenay I and therefore the great-grandson of Hugh de Courtenay, 2nd Earl of Devon (d.1377) and Margaret de Bohun (d.1391). He had a brother, Sir Humphrey Courtenay, who died without issue.[7] Philip was heir to his uncle, Richard Courtenay (d.1415), Bishop of Norwich[8] and also to his other uncle Sir William Courtenay (d.1419)[7]
  • .... etc.
  • In about 1426 Courtenay married Elizabeth Hungerford, daughter of Walter Hungerford, 1st Baron Hungerford, Speaker of the House of Commons, Steward of the Household to Kings Henry V and Henry VI, and Lord High Treasurer. They had seven sons and four daughters: [12]
    • .... etc.
  • He died on 16 December 1463.
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  • Sir Philip I Courtenay (c.1355 – 29 July 1406), of Powderham, Devon was the fifth son of Hugh Courtenay, 10th Earl of Devon (1303-1377). He was the founder of the cadet dynasty known as "Courtenay of Powderham", seated at the manor of Powderham, until then a former Bohun manor of little importance, whilst the line descended from his elder brother, the Earls of Devon of the mediaeval era, continued to be seated at Tiverton Castle and Okehampton.
  • Sir Philip Courtenay was the fifth son of eight sons of Hugh Courtenay, 10th Earl of Devon (1303–1377) and Margaret de Bohun, daughter of Humphrey de Bohun, 4th Earl of Hereford by his wife Elizabeth Plantagenet (1282-1316), a daughter of King Edward I.[2]
  • ....
  • Courtenay married Ann Wake, the daughter of Sir Thomas Wake of Blisworth, Northamptonshire, by Alice de Pateshulle, the daughter of Sir John de Pateshulle. They had three sons and two daughters:[9]
    • Richard Courtenay (d.1415), Bishop of Norwich, son and heir.
    • Sir John Courtenay (d. before 1415), 2nd son, who pre-deceased his father and elder brother. He married Joan Champernoun (d.1419) (alias Champernowne) daughter of Alexander Champernoun (d.1441) of Bere Ferrers, Devon (son and heir of Sir Richard Champernoun of Modbury, Devon, by his first wife Alice Astley, daughter of Thomas Astley, 3rd Baron Astley).[10] They had two sons, Sir Philip II Courtenay (18 January 1404 – 16 December 1463), of Powderham, heir to his uncle Bishop Richard Courtenay,[11] and Sir Humphrey Courtenay.
    • Sir William Courtenay.
    • Agnes Courtenay, who married Sir Otes Champernoun.
    • Margaret Courtenay, who married (as his 1st wife) Sir Robert Cary (d. circa 1431) of Cockington, Devon, 12 times Member of Parliament for Devon. Without progeny.[12]
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  • COURTENAY, Sir Philip (d.1406), of Powderham, Devon.
  • 5th s. of Hugh, 2nd earl of Devon (d.1377), by Margaret, da. of Humphrey de Bohun, earl of Hereford and Essex and Elizabeth, da. of Edward I. m. c.1378, Anne, da. of Sir Thomas Wake of Blisworth, Northants. by Alice, da. of John, Lord Pateshulle, and aunt and coh. of Thomas, Lord Grandison, 3s. 2da. Kntd. 1367.1
  • .... etc.
  • .... In 1405 Courtenay succeeded to the lands of his brother, Sir Peter, so that by his own death, which occurred on 29 July 1406, he was holding one manor and a hamlet in Dorset, three and a half manors and three advowsons in Somerset and 17 manors and five advowsons in Devon, besides a considerable number of smaller properties in the same three counties. According to the inquisition post mortem these were worth about £140 a year, no doubt an underestimate. Courtenay’s estates descended to his son Richard, bishop of Norwich from 1413 to 1415, and after Richard’s death to the heirs of his second son, Sir John.11
  • .... etc.
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Sir John Courtenay, of Powderham's Timeline

Powderham, Devonshire, England
January 18, 1403
Age 19
Ashton, Devon, England
July 29, 1406
Age 22
Age 22
Powderham, Devon, England
February 25, 1933
Age 22
March 14, 1933
Age 22
November 3, 1934
Age 22
November 17, 1993
Age 22
February 4, 1994
Age 22