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Phillip de Courtenay, Knight

Also Known As: "Philip Courtenay", "Courtaney", "Courtney", "Courtnay"
Birthplace: Ashton, Devon, England
Death: December 16, 1463 (60)
Powderham Castle, Powderham, Devon, England
Immediate Family:

Son of Sir John Courtenay, of Powderham and Joan de Courtenay
Husband of Elizabeth Courtenay
Father of Sir Philip Courtenay, of Molland; Emma Glanville; Anne Grenville; Sir William Courtenay, Kt., of Powderham; Elizabeth Luttrell and 7 others
Brother of Sir Humphrey Courtenay, Kt.
Half brother of James Chudleigh, II

Occupation: Lord of Powderham, Knight
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About Sir Philip Courtenay, of Powderham and Molland

Primary Sources

His proof of age states he was born at Ashton and baptised in the vill’s church on 18 January 1403.

1424. 5 Kal. Jan. SS. Apostoli, Rome. (f. 155d.)
To Philip Courtenay, donsel, and Elizabeth Hungereford, damsel, of the diocese of Bath and Wells. Confirmation of the dispensation granted to them by Henry, bishop of Winchester (to whom the pope lately granted, inter alia, faculty to dispense thirty persons of both sexes in the realm or other dominions of the king of England, to marry persons related to them in the third or more remote degree of kindred), to marry, notwithstanding that they were related in the third and fourth degree of kindred, in virtue of which dispensation they have been married. Sincere deuocionis affectus.

Source: 'Lateran Regesta 250: 1419-1425', in Calendar of Papal Registers Relating To Great Britain and Ireland: Volume 7, 1417-1431, ed. J A Twemlow (London, 1906), pp. 377-384. British History Online [accessed 23 September 2017].

His IPM states he died 16 December 1463; and that William Courtenay, Esq; was his next heir, and was 35 years old.

Sir Philip II Courtenay

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 Beer Ferrers. [SIC: Richard Champernon & Alice Astley]

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 KingsHenry V and Henry VI, and Lord High Treasurer. They had seven sons and four daughters: [11]

  • Sir William I Courtenay (c. 1428 – September 1485) of Powderham, who married Margaret Bonville, daughter of William Bonville, 1st Baron Bonville (died 1461).
  • Sir Philip I Courtenay (died 7 December 1489) of Molland, 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.[12]
  • Edmund Courtenay.
  • Humphrey Courtenay.
  • Sir John Courtenay.
  • Anne Courtenay, who married Sir Thomas Grenville.
  • Elizabeth Courtenay, who married firstly Sir James Luttrell, secondly Sir Humphrey Audley, and thirdly Thomas Malet.
  • Philippe Courtenay, who married Sir Thomas Fulford.
  • 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 20 March 1499).[13] 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" [14]

He died on 16 December 1463.


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  • Sir Philip Courtenay, Forester of Dartmoor1,2,3,4,5
  • M, b. 18 January 1404, d. 16 December 1463
  • Father Sir John Courtenay2,6 b. c 1382, d. b 1415
  • Mother Joan Champernoun2,6 b. c 1376, d. 1419
  • Sir Philip Courtenay, Forester of Dartmoor was born on 18 January 1404 at Ashton, Devonshire, England; Age 11 in 1415.7,3 He married Elizabeth Hungerford, daughter of Sir Walter Hungerford, 1st Baron Hungerford, Sheriff of Somersetshire & Dorsetshire, Speaker of the House of Commons, Lord High Treasurer and Katherine Peverell, circa 1426; They had 7 sons (Sir William; Sir Philip; Peter, Bishop of Exeter & Winchester; Sir Walter; Edmund; Humphrey; & Sir John) & 4 daughter (Anne, wife of Sir Thomas Grenville; Elizabeth, wife of Sir James Luttrell, of Sir Humphrey Audley, & of Thomas Malet, Esq; Philippe, wife of Sir Thomas Fulford; & Katherine, wife of Sir St. Clere Pomeroy, of Thomas Rogers, & of Sir William Huddesfield).7,3,4,5 Sir Philip Courtenay, Forester of Dartmoor died on 16 December 1463 at age 59.7,3
  • Family Elizabeth Hungerford b. c 1403, d. 14 Dec 1476
  • Children
    • Anne Courtenay7 b. c 1426
    • Sir William Courtenay, Sheriff of Devonshire+8,3 b. c 1428, d. Sep 1485
    • Elizabeth Courtenay+8,7,9,10,3 b. c 1428, d. 1 Sep 1493
    • Sir Philip Courtenay, Sheriff of Devonshire+7,3 b. c 1432, d. 7 Dec 1489
    • Peter Courtenay, Bishop of Winchester & Exeter3 b. c 1434, d. 22 Sep 1492
    • Sir Edmund Courtenay11 b. c 1436, d. 4 Feb 1496
    • Sir Walter Courtenay11,4 b. c 1438, d. 7 Nov 1506
    • Katherine Courtenay+7,12,3 b. c 1440, d. 12 Jan 1515
    • Philippa Courtenay+8,7 b. c 1442
  • Citations
  • 1.[S8714] Unknown author, The Royal Descents of 500 Immigrants, by Gary Boyd Roberts, p. 268; Burke's Commoners, Vol. II, p. 161.
  • 2.[S5] Douglas Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry, p. 257-258.
  • 3.[S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. II, p. 30.
  • 4.[S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. II, p. 327.
  • 5.[S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. II, p. 428.
  • 6.[S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. II, p. 29.
  • 7.[S5] Douglas Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry, p. 258.
  • 8.[S11583] The Wallop Family and Their Ancestry, by Vernon James Watney, p., 234.
  • 9.[S5] Douglas Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry, p. 470.
  • 10.[S5] Douglas Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry, p. 722-723.
  • 11.[S147] Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage, Baronetage, and Knightage, 1938 ed., by Sir Bernard Burke, p., 804.
  • 12.[S5] Douglas Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry, p. 595.
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  • Phillip COURTENAY of Powderham and Molland (Sir)
  • Born: ABT 1404
  • Died: 16 Dec 1463
  • Father: John COURTENAY (Sir)
  • Mother: Joan CHAMPERNOWNE
  • Married: Elizabeth HUNGERFORD ABT 1425
  • Children:
    • 1. Anne COURTENAY
    • 2. Elizabeth COURTENAY
    • 3. Phillippa COURTENAY
    • 4. Catherine COURTENAY
    • 5. William COURTENAY of Powderham (Sir)
    • 6. Peter COURTENAY (Bishop of Exeter and Winchester)
    • 7. Phillip COURTENAY of Molland (Sir)
    • 8. Walter COURTENAY (Sir)
    • 9. Humphrey COURTENAY
    • 10. Edmund COURTENAY of Deviock
    • 11. John COURTENAY (Sir)
  • From: COURTENAY of Powderham and Molland (Sir)
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  • Sir Philip Courtenay1
  • M, #9212,
  • d. 1463
  • Last Edited=27 Apr 2008
  • Sir Philip Courtenay married Elizabeth Hungerford, daughter of Sir Walter Hungerford, 1st Lord Hungerford.1 He died in 1463.1
  • He was the son of Sir John Courtenay.1 He also had two daughters.1
  • Children of Sir Philip Courtenay and Elizabeth Hungerford
    • 1.Sir Philip Courtenay+1
    • 2.Piers Courtenay1 d. 1492
    • 3.Sir Edmund Courtenay2
    • 4.Sir Walter Courtenay2
    • 5.Sir John Courtenay2
    • 6.Humphrey Courtenay+2
    • 7.Sir William Courtenay+1 b. c 1400, d. 1485
  • Citations
  • 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 1123. Hereinafter cited as Burke's Peerage and Baronetage, 107th edition.
  • 2.[S37] Charles Mosley, Burke's Peerage and Baronetage, 107th edition, volume 1, page 1124.
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Married Elizabeth Hungerford in 1425.

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Sir Philip Courtenay, of Powderham and Molland's Timeline

January 18, 1403
Ashton, Devon, England
January 18, 1403
Ashton, Devon, United Kingdom
Powderham, Devon, United Kingdom
Newtown, Devon, England
Probably Powderham, Devon, England
Powderham, Devon, England
Powderham, Devon, England
Powderham, Devon, England
Powderham, Devon, England