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Phillip Courtenay, of Molland

Birthplace: Powderham, Devon, England (United Kingdom)
Death: February 07, 1489 (59-68)
Molland, South Molton, Devon, England (United Kingdom)
Immediate Family:

Son of Sir Philip Courtenay, of Powderham and Molland and Elizabeth Courtenay
Husband of Elizabeth Courtenay
Father of Elizabeth Courtenay, of Devon; Margaret Champernon; Phillip Courtenay and John Courtenay, of Molland
Brother of Emma Glanville; Anne Grenville; Sir William Courtenay, Kt., of Powderham; Elizabeth Luttrell; Sir John Courtenay, Kt. and 6 others

Occupation: High Sheriff
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About Sir Philip Courtenay, of Molland

  • Sir Philip Courtenay, Sheriff of Devonshire1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8
  • M, #56066, b. circa 1432, d. 7 December 1489
  • Father Sir Philip Courtenay, Forester of Dartmoor1,9,10 b. 18 Jan 1404, d. 16 Dec 1463
  • Mother Elizabeth Hungerford1,9,10 b. c 1403, d. 14 Dec 1476
  • Sir Philip Courtenay, Sheriff of Devonshire was born circa 1432 at of Molland, Kingston, & Exeter, Devonshire, England.1 He married Elizabeth circa 1459; They had 3 sons (John, Esq; Philip; & William) and 2 daughters (Elizabeth, wife of Sir Edward Courtenay, 17th Earl of Devon; & Margaret, wife of Sir John Champernoun). She was previously married to William Hyndeston of Wonwell, Devonshire.1,2,3,4,6,7 Sir Philip Courtenay, Sheriff of Devonshire died on 7 December 1489; He married (2) Elizabeth Ashford, widow of William Marwood, Esq., and daughter of William Ashford.1,3,7
  • Family Elizabeth b. c 1432, d. 1482
  • Children
    • Elizabeth Courtenay+11,1,2,3,5,6,7,8 b. c 1460, d. b 27 May 1509
    • Margaret Courtenay+1,12,3,4,7 b. c 1462, d. 1536
    • Philip Courtenay+1,3,7 b. c 1470, d. 26 Mar 1514
  • Citations
  • [S5] Douglas Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry, p. 258.
  • [S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. I, p. 549.
  • [S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. II, p. 31.
  • [S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. II, p. 60.
  • [S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. IV, p. 417-418.
  • [S4] Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. II, p. 334-335.
  • [S4] Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. II, p. 403.
  • [S4] Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. V, p. 466.
  • [S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. II, p. 30.
  • [S4] Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. II, p. 401-402.
  • [S11568] The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain, and the United Kingdom, by George Edward Cokayne, Vol. IV, p. 329.
  • [S5] Douglas Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry, p. 265.
  • From:


  • Sir Philip Courtenay1
  • M, #9344
  • Last Edited=2 May 2008
  • Consanguinity Index=0.39%
  • Sir Philip Courtenay was the son of Sir Philip Courtenay and Elizabeth Hungerford.1 He married unknown daughter Hingeston, daughter of Robert Hingeston.1
  • He lived at Molland, Devon, England.1
  • Child of Sir Philip Courtenay and unknown daughter Hingeston
    • Elizabeth Courtenay+1
  • Citations
  • [S37] BP2003 volume 1, page 1123. See link for full details for this source. Hereinafter cited as. [S37]
  • From:


  • Phillip COURTENAY of Molland (Sir)
  • Born: ABT 1432, Powderham, Devonshire, England
  • Died: 7 Dec 1489
  • Notes: 2nd son. Inherited Molland Bottreaux. Wonwell in Kingston, Devon from wife. Duke of Clarence's Council 1470-8. Sheriff 1470. Member of Parliament 1470-1,2-5, 1484. Battle of Barnet 1471. JP 1471-8, 1483-5. Fell with Clarence 1471, restored by Richard III; Kt of the Body 1484.
  • Father: Phillip COURTENAY of Powderham and Molland (Sir)
  • Mother: Elizabeth HUNGERFORD
  • Married 1: Elizabeth HYNESTON ABT 1452, Wonwell, Kingston, Devon, England
  • Children:
    • 1. William COURTENAY of Loughton
    • 2. Phillip COURTENAY
    • 3. John COURTENAY of Molland
    • 4. Elizabeth COURTENAY
    • 5. Margaret COURTENAY
  • From: COURTENAY of Molland (Sir)1


  • Sir Philip Courtenay
  • Birth: unknown
  • Death: Dec. 7, 1489
  • Family links:
  • Parents:
  • Philip Courtenay (1404 - 1463)
  • Elizabeth Hungerford Courtenay (____ - 1476)
  • Children:
    • John Courtenay (____ - 1510)*
    • Philip Courtenay (1469 - 1514)*
  • Siblings:
  • Elizabeth Courtenay Luttrell (____ - 1493)*
  • Philip Courtenay (____ - 1489)
  • Katherine Courtenay Huddesfield (____ - 1515)*
  • William Courtenay (1428 - 1485)*
  • Peter Courtenay (1432 - 1492)*
  • Elizabeth Courtenay (1460 - 1509)*
  • Burial: St Mary Church, Molland, North Devon District, Devon, England
  • Find A Grave Memorial# 134272414
  • From:


  • 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]
  • Courtenay's seat was Powderham Castle, given to his grandfather Sir Philip I Courtenay (1340-1406), of Powderham, (a younger son of Hugh Courtenay, 2nd Earl of Devon (d.1377)), by his mother Margaret Bohun, whose father had given it to her as her marriage portion.
  • He had been badly treated by his distant cousin Thomas de Courtenay, 5th Earl of Devon (1414–1458), whose seat was at Tiverton Castle, and during the turbulent and lawless era of the Wars of the Roses, he supported the challenge against the earl, for local supremacy in Devon, put up by the Lancastrian courtier, Sir William Bonville (1392–1461), of Shute. Sir Philip's eldest son and heir Sir William Courtenay (d.1485) had married Bonville's daughter Margaret, cementing the alliance between the two men. On 3 November 1455 Thomas de Courtenay, 5th Earl of Devon (1414–1458) at the head of a private army of 1,000 men seized control of Exeter and its royal castle, the stewardship of which was sought by Bonville, and laid siege to nearby Powderham for two months. Lord Bonville attempted to raise the siege and approached from the east, crossing the River Exe, but was unsuccessful and was driven back by the Earl's forces. Sir Philip otherwise played a limited role in the Bonville-Courtenay feud. On 15 December 1455 the Earl of Devon and Lord Bonville met decisively at the Battle of Clyst Heath, where Bonville was defeated and after which the Earl sacked and pillaged Shute.[10]
  • Sir Philip swore fealty to King Edward IV (1461-1483) as an MP at Parliament.
  • 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]
    • Sir William Courtenay (c.1428 – September 1485) of Powderham, eldest son and heir, who married Margaret Bonville, daughter of William Bonville, 1st Baron Bonville (died 1461).
    • Sir Philip Courtenay of Molland (died 7 December 1489), second son, MP, Sheriff of Devon in 1470, whose daughter Elizabeth became the wife of her cousin Edward Courtenay, 1st Earl of Devon (by the 1485 creation). The Devon manor of Molland was given to him by his mother who had herself been given it as her marriage portion by her brother Robert Hungerford, 2nd Baron Hungerford (died 1459) who had himself received it from his wife Margaret de Botreaux, daughter and sole heiress of William de Botreaux, 3rd Baron Botreaux (died 1462). The family of Courtenay of Molland continued at Molland until the death of the last in the male line in 1732.
    • Peter Courtenay (died 22 September 1492), Bishop of Exeter and Bishop of Winchester.
    • Sir Walter Courtenay (died 7 November 1506), who married Alice Colbroke, widow of John Vere (died before 15 March 1488), son of Sir Robert Vere (1410-1461), of Haccombe, Devon, by Joan Courtenay (died before 3 August 1465), widow of Sir Nicholas Carew (died before 20 April 1448), and daughter of Sir Hugh Courtenay by Philippa Archdekne.[13]
    • Sir Edmund Courtenay, who married Jane Devioke, dau. of John Deviock of Deviock near St Germans, and Isabell
    • Humphrey Courtenay.
    • Sir John Courtenay.
    • Anne Courtenay, who married Sir Thomas Grenville.
    • Elizabeth Courtenay, who married thrice:
      • Firstly to Sir James Luttrell (1426/7-1461) of Dunster Castle, Somerset. Her ledger stone displaying the image of a lady, survives in Dunster Church.[14]
      • Secondly to Sir Humphrey Audley.[citation needed]
      • Thirdly to Thomas Malet.[citation needed]
    • Philippa Courtenay, who married Sir Thomas II Fulford (d.1489) of Fulford, Devon, whose step-father Sir William Huddesfield (died 1499) was the husband of Philippa's sister Katherine Courtenay.
    • Katherine Courtenay (died 12 January 1515), who married thrice:
      • Firstly Sir Seintclere Pomeroy (died 31 May 1471),
      • Secondly Thomas Rogers,
      • Thirdly Sir William Huddesfield (died 1499).[15] of Shillingford St. George, Attorney General to King Edward IV. His monumental brass exists in Shillingford Church (with a copy rubbing framed in Powderham Castle Chapel) showing him dressed as a knight in armour, with sword and spurs. He is bare-headed, and wears over his armour a tabard, on which is embroidered the arms of Huddesfield: Argent, a fess between three boars passant sable, on the fess a crescent for difference. He kneels before a prie dieu, on which is an open book, and on the floor by his side lie his gauntlets, and helmet with mantling and crest, a boar rampant. Katherine his wife kneels behind the knight. She wears a pedimental head dress and lappets, gown, ornamented girdle, with dependant pomander. Over this she wears a robe of estate, on which is her arms: Or, three torteaux a label of three, for Courtenay. Behind her kneels her only son by her second husband, George Rogers, and following them her two daughters, by Sir William Huddesfield, in similar costume to their mother, Elizabeth Poyntz, and Katherine Carew. Below is this inscription (the abbreviations of the Latin extended): Conditor et Redemptor corporis et et anime Sit michi medicus et custos utriusque. Dame Kateryn ye wife of Sr Willm Huddesfeld & dought of S'r Phil' Courtnay kny'kt. In the centre of the cover-stone of the tomb is a shield with the arms of Huddesfield impaling Courtenay. When Westcote, in 1630, visited the church, he noted this inscription, which was probably on the ledger line round the table of the tomb, and has since disapappeared : "Here lieth Sir William Huddiffeild, knight, Attorney-general to King Edward IV, and of the Council to King Henry VII, and Justice of Oyer and Determiner; which died the l0th day of March, in the year of our Lord, 1499. On whose soul Jesus have mercy, Amen. Honor Deo et Gloria" [16]
  • He died on 16 December 1463.
  • From:


  • The Visitations of the County of Devon: Comprising ..., Volume 1, Pages 1-452 edited by John Lambrick Vivian
  • Pg.246
  • Sir Philip Courtenay, Kt. of Powderham, son and heir, heir to his uncle Richard, and aged 11 years at his death, also heir to his uncle Sir William, d. 16 Dec. 1463. Inq. p.m. 3 Edw. IV, No. 29. = Elizabeth, da. of Walter, Lord Hungerford, K.G., survived her husband, d. 14 Dec. 1476, Inq. p.m. 16 Edward IV, No. 77. ; ch: Anne (m. Sir Thomas Grenfield), Elizabeth (m. James Luttrell), Phillipa (m. Sir Thomas Fulford), Catherine (m. Thomas Rogers & Sir St.Clare Pomeroy & Sir Wm. Huddesfield), Edmond (m. Jane Deviock) Sir Philip (m. Elizabeth Hyndeston), Peter (Bishop of Exeter and Winchester), Sir John (7 son, Knight Banneret), Sir Walter (m. Alice _ ), Humphrey (m. Elizabeth Pomeroy), Sir William (m. Margaret Bonville) Courtenay.
    • Sir Philip Courtenay of Mollan, 2 son, Chanc. Inq. p.m. 4 Hen. VII, No. 87. = Elizabeth, da. of ... and widow of William Hyndeston of Wonwall. Chanc. Inq. p.m. 22 Edw. IV, No. 33. Robt. Hyndeston her son and heir aged 30 years at the death of his mother. ; ch: E (vide page 251.) (William (of Loughton), Philip (m. Jane Fowell), John (m. Joane Brite), Elizabeth (m. Eddward Courtenay), Margaret (m. Sir John Champernowne) Courtenay
      • Pg.251
      • John Courtney of Molland in Com. Devon, Esq. son and heir of Sir Philip Courtenay of Molland, aged 22 years at his father's death, died 27 Mar. 1509. Will 22 Mar. 1508-9, pro 3 July 1509, P.C.C. (Bennett 15). = Joane Da. of Robert Brite of Tillond, extrix. of her husband's will. ; ch: Agnes (m. Anthony Acland), Ellen (m. Roger Gifford), Phillip (m. Alice Matthew), John (m. Elizabeth Chichester) Courteney
        • John Courteney of Molland in Com. Devon 2 sonne. = Elizabeth, Da. of James Chichester of Hall. ; ch: Elizabeth (m. John Lovering), Elizabeth (m. Launcelot Pollard), Wilmot (m. William Blackhall), Mary (m. Anthony Chapell), Ann (m. Hugh Hache), Elinor (m. Robert Bishop), Grace, John (5 son), Robert (3 son), John (4 son), Lewis (2 son), Hugh (m. Elizabeth Stephens) Courtney
          • Elizabeth, mar. John Lovering.
          • Elizabeth, mar. Launcelot Pollard.
          • Wilmot, mar. William Blackhall.
          • Mary, bap. 22 May 1542 at Molland,¹ mar. Anthony Chapell.
          • Ann, mar. Hugh Hache.
          • Elinor, mar. Robert Bishop.
          • Hugh Courtney of Molland 1 sonne. = Elizabeth, Da. of Richard Stephens of Molland. ; ch: Elizabeth (m. Edward Hall), Johan (bur. 27 Dec. 1565 at Molland.¹), Agnes (bap. 28 Feb. 1570-1 at Molland.¹), Peter (2 sone), Lanslade (bapt. 2, bur. 29 July 1587 at Molland.¹), Robert (m. Dorithie Courtney) Courtney
            • .... etc.


In both the 2004 & 2011 editions of Plantagenet Ancestry, it is said: "Sir Philip Courtenay died 7 Dec. 1489":

Sir Philip Courtenay had two inquisitions post mortem conducted following his death (CIPM Henry VII Vol. 1, pp. 195, 223), neither of which are cited as sources in Plantagenet Ancestry.

The first IPM was for Devon, taken on 29 April 4 Hen. VII [1489], and says that "He died 7 Feb. last, seised of the under-mentioned manors and lands. John Courtenay, aged 22 and more, is his son and heir."

The second IPM was for Somerset, taken on 2 Sep. 5 Hen. VII [1489], and states that "He died 6 May last, seised of the under-mentioned manor [Thorneston] in fee. John Courtenay, aged 26 and more, is his son and heir." As the writs of diem clausit extremum following Sir Philip's death were issued on 1 March 1489, the date of "6 May" in this IPM is clearly an error.

Given that the writs were issued on March 1st, the February date returned in the Devon IPM is likely correct, so Sir Philip Courtenay of Molland died 7 February 1489.

As for the age of his son and heir John Courtenay, if age 22 and more in April 1489, he would've been born in 1466/67. If age 26 and more in September 1489, he would've been born in 1462/63. Given that his parents were married shortly after the death of his mother's first husband William Hingeston in 1458, and that his mother Elizabeth Wonwell went on to have two further sons after John, the earlier date of about 1463 seems more likely.


IPM for Devon:;view=1up;seq=211

IPM for Somerset:;view=1up;seq=239


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Sir Philip Courtenay, of Molland's Timeline

Powderham, Devon, England
Okehampton, Devon, England
Molland, Devon, England
Powderham, Devon, England
Molland, Devonshire, England
February 7, 1489
Age 64
Molland, South Molton, Devon, England
Age 64
May 29, 1940
Age 64
May 29, 1940
Age 64