Sir Peter Courtenay, KG

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About Sir Peter Courtenay, KG

  • Sir Peter Courtenay, Constable of Windsor Castle, Captain of Calais1,2,3,4
  • M, #46786, d. 2 February 1405
  • Father Sir Hugh de Courtenay, 2nd Lord Courtenay, 10th Earl of Devon1,2,5,6 b. 12 Jul 1303, d. 2 May 1377
  • Mother Margaret de Bohun2,5,6 b. 3 Apr 1311, d. 16 Dec 1391
  • Sir Peter Courtenay, Constable of Windsor Castle, Captain of Calais married Margaret Clyvedon, daughter of Sir John de Clyvedon and Elizabeth, after 8 November 1375; No issue.3,4 Sir Peter Courtenay, Constable of Windsor Castle, Captain of Calais died on 2 February 1405; Buried in the Cathedral Church of St. Peter's, Exeter, Devonshire, beside his parents.1,2,3,4
  • Family Margaret Clyvedon d. 5 Jan 1412
  • Citations
  • 1.[S147] Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage, Baronetage, and Knightage, 1938 ed., by Sir Bernard Burke, p., 803.
  • 2.[S5] Douglas Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry, p. 238-240.
  • 3.[S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. I, p. 544.
  • 4.[S4] Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. II, p. 330.
  • 5.[S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. I, p. 540-541.
  • 6.[S4] Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. II, p. 326.
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  • Sir Peter Courtenay, KG, (1346–1405) was a soldier, knight of the shire, Chamberlain to King Richard II (1377–1399) and a famous jouster. His principal seat was Hardington Mandeville, Somerset.
  • He was the 5th son of Hugh de Courtenay, 2nd Earl of Devon (1303–1377) by his wife Margaret de Bohun (d.1391). He had several highly prominent elder brothers, but was the most flamboyant of them all:[1]
  • Sir Hugh Courtenay, KG, (1326–1349) the eldest, who predeceased his father.
  • Thomas Courtenay, Prebendary of Cutton, cleric.
  • Sir Edward Courtenay (1329–1372), predeceased his father. Born in 1329 at Haccombe, Devon, died: 20 September 1372. He married an heiress, Emmeline Dawney, daughter of Sir John Dawney of Madfordferry, and had the following issue: .....
  • Robert Courtenay of Moreton
  • William Courtenay (1342–1396), Archbishop of Canterbury.
  • Sir Philip Courtenay (c.1355–1406) of Powderham.
  • He received the honour of knighthood from the Black Prince after the Battle of Najera in 1367, at the same time as his brother Sir Philip. In 1378 whilst on a naval expedition with his brother Sir Philip, under the command of Richard FitzAlan, 11th Earl of Arundel (d.1397) and William de Montacute, 2nd Earl of Salisbury (d.1397), the fleet was attacked by Spaniards off the coast of Brittany and Sir Peter and his brother were captured. His ransom was paid by two wealthy burgesses of Bristol.
  • He married Margaret Clyvedon, daughter of John de Clyvedon by his wife Elizabeth.
  • He died on 2 February 1405 and was buried in Exeter Cathedral, where his monumental brass, much worn-away, exists set into a slab in the floor of the south aisle. It was reported by Lysons in 1822 as being then situated further to the west in or near the now demolished Courtenay chantry chapel, near to the chest tomb of his parents, which has also been moved.[2] He is shown full-length, in armour, with hands together in prayer. The figure is very similar to those of Sir Maurice Russell (d.1416) in Dyrham Church, and to that of Thomas de Berkeley, 5th Baron Berkeley (d.1417) at Wootton-under-Edge, both in Gloucestershire. His figure is surrounded by a ledger line on which was formerly visible the following inscribed leonine verse (or "jingling verse") in Latin, transcribed by John Prince in his Worthies of Devon, with variants in brackets given by Polwhele:[3] ....
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  • Sir Peter Courtenay (d. 2 February 1405) of Hardington Mandeville, Somerset, who married Margaret Clyvedon, widow of Sir John de Saint Loe (d. 8 November 1375), and daughter and heiress of John de Clyvedon.[26] His monumental brass, much worn, but still showing the arms of Courtenay impaling Bohun, may be seen in the south aisle, Exeter Cathedral.
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  • Sir Piers de Courtenay1
  • M, #9413, d. 1409
  • Last Edited=7 Mar 2011
  • Consanguinity Index=0.02%
  • Sir Piers de Courtenay was the son of Hugh de Courtenay, 2nd Earl of Devon and Margaret de Bohun.1 He died in 1409, unmarried.1
  • He held the office of Castellan of Windsor.1 He held the office of Captain of Calais.1 He held the office of Chamberlain to King Richard II.1 He was invested as a Knight, Order of the Garter (K.G.).1 He held the office of Standard-Bearer to King Edward III.1
  • Citations
  • 1.[S37] Volume 1, page 1124. See link for full details for this source. Hereinafter cited as. [S37]
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  • Peter COURTENAY (Sir)
  • Born: BET 1342/49
  • Died: 2 Feb 1404/05
  • Notes: Knight of the Garter. Knighted by the Prince of Wales at Vittoria before the battle of Najara. Standard-bearer to Edward III, Captain of Calais. Governor of Windsor Castle.
  • Father: Hugh COURTENAY (2° E. Devon)
  • Mother: Margaret De BOHUN (C. Devon)
  • From: COURTENAY (Sir)1
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February 2, 1405
Age 56
Age 56
Exeter, Devon, England