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Sir Robert de Courtenay, Baron of Okehampton

Also Known As: "Robert Courtenay"
Birthdate:
Birthplace: Okehampton Castle, Devon, England (United Kingdom)
Death: July 26, 1242 (67-76)
Iwerne, Dorset, England (United Kingdom)
Place of Burial: Ford Abbey, Devonshire, England
Immediate Family:

Son of Renaud II de Courtenay and Hawise de Courcy, Heiress of Okehampton
Husband of Mary de Vernon de Redvers
Father of Hawise de Courtenay and John de Courtenay, Baron of Okehampton
Brother of Isabelle De Courtenay; Egelina de Courtenay; Renaud de Courtenay; Henry de Courtenay and Peter de Courtenay

Occupation: Baron of Okehampton
Managed by: Terry Jackson (Switzer)
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About Sir Robert de Courtenay, Baron of Okehampton

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ROBERT de Courtenay, son of [RENAUD] de Courtenay & his wife Hawise [de Crimes/de Curcy] Lady of Okehampton (-26 Jul 1242, bur Forde Abbey, Devon). The Testa de Nevill includes a writ of King John dated 1212 which records that "Robertus de Curtenay" held "terre in Sutton" in Berkshire which King Henry II had granted to "Reginaldo de Curtenay avo suo"[545]. The 1194 Pipe Roll quoted below indicates that Sutton passed to Robert de Courtenay, son of Renaud de Courtenay by his second marriage, on the death of his father. Robert, son of [Renaud], son of Renaud, may have been by-passed because of his young age, but would have inherited Sutton after the death of his uncle (or of his uncle’s son William, assuming that the latter survived his father). “Gui du Donjon chevalier” guaranteed the loyalty of “Robert de Courtenai” to the king by charter dated Nov 1217[546]. "Robert de Courtenay" was granted "full seisin…of all lands…of Hawise de Courtenay his mother" after providing security, dated 29 Oct 1219[547]. Of Okehampton. The Fundationis et Fundatorum Historia of Forde Abbey records the death “VII Kal Aug apud Ywren manerium suum…1242” of “Robertus de Courtenay” and his burial at Ford[548].

m (after 1207) as her second husband, MARY de Vernon, widow of PIERRE de Préaux, daughter of WILLIAM de Reviers Earl of Devon & his wife Mabile de Meulan (-after 1244). The Fundationis et Fundatorum Historia of Forde Abbey names “Johannam…Willielmi Brewer et Mariam Roberti de Courtney…uxores” as the two daughters of ”Willielmum de Vernona” & his wife, an earlier passage in the same source adding that “domina Maria, juniore filia domini Willielmi de Redveriis comitis Devoniæ” was the wife of “Robertus de Courtenay”[549]. Her first marriage is confirmed by the charter dated 1201 under which “Robertus Comes Melleti” granted property to “Petro de Patett et Marie filie Willi Comitis de Insula filie Mabirie filie mee” on their marriage[550]. Henry III King of England granted "in manerio de Aulton" to "Marie uxori Roberti de Curtenay" dated [Oct] 1226[551]. Henry III King of England granted "manerium de Sedberegh" to "Marie uxori Roberti de Curtenay" in 1227[552]. The Testa de Nevill lists fees in Devon, dated 1244, which include "de dominabus, dicunt quod Maria que fuit uxor Roberti de Curtenay est de donacione domini regis et terra eius de Wymple valet x.l"[553]. Inquisitions after a writ dated 11 May "2 Edw I" following the death of [her son] "John de Corteney alias de Curtenay" record that “William de Vernoun earl of the Isle gave the manor [of Cruk] to Robert de Curtenay father of the said John in free marriage with Mary his daughter”[554].

Robert & his wife had [three] children:

1. JOHN de Courtenay of Okehampton (-3 May 1274, bur Forde Abbey, Devon). The Fundationis et Fundatorum Historia of Forde Abbey names “dominum Johannem de Courtenay” as son of “Robertus de Courtenay” and his wife “domina Maria, juniore filia domini Willielmi de Redveriis comitis Devoniæ”[555]. The Fundationis et Fundatorum Historia of Forde Abbey records the death “V Non Maii 1273” of “Johannes de Courtenay” and his burial at Ford[556]. Inquisitions after a writ dated 11 May "2 Edw I" following the death of "John de Corteney alias de Curtenay" name “Isabel sometime his wife...Hugh his son aged 24 is his next heir”, and record that “William de Vernoun earl of the Isle gave the manor [of Cruk] to Robert de Curtenay father of the said John in free marriage with Mary his daughter” and that “Hawis de Curtenay gave to [Forde abbey]...land of Hargrave...and Robert de Curtenay her son and heir confirmed the gift”[557]. m as her first husband, ISABEL de Vere, daughter of HUGH de Vere Earl of Oxford & his wife Hawise de Quincy (after 1223-11 Aug 1299 or after, bur Exeter Dominican Church). The Fundationis et Fundatorum Historia of Forde Abbey records that “dominum Johannem de Courtenay” married “Isabellam filiam domini Johannis de Veere comitis Oxoniæ”, that she married “Olivero de Dineham” after the death of her first husband, died “III Id Aug” and was buried “apud Fratres Prædicatores Exoniæ”[558]. She married secondly Olivier de Dineham. The primary source which confirms her second marriage has not been identified. John & his wife had [two] children:

a) HUGH de Courtenay of Okehampton (-Colcombe 28 Feb 1292, bur Cowick near Exeter). The Fundationis et Fundatorum Historia of Forde Abbey names “Hugonem de Courtnay primum” as son of “dominum Johannem de Courtenay” and his wife “Isabellam filiam domini Johannis de Veere comitis Oxoniæ”[559]. Inquisitions after a writ dated 11 May "2 Edw I" following the death of "John de Corteney alias de Curtenay" name “Isabel sometime his wife...Hugh his son aged 24 is his next heir”[560]. The Fundationis et Fundatorum Historia of Forde Abbey records the death ”apud Colecombe III Kal Mar 1291” of “Hugonem de Courtnay primum” and his burial “apud Cowick prope Exon.”[561]. m ELEANOR Le Despencer, daughter of HUGH Le Despencer & his wife Aline Basset of Wycombe, Buckinghamshire (-30 Sep 1328, bur Cowick near Exeter). The Fundationis et Fundatorum Historia of Forde Abbey records that “Hugonem de Courtnay primum” married “Elianoram filiam…domini Hugonis le Despencer primi, patris etiam domini Hugonis le Despencer…postea comitis Winton”[562]. The Fundationis et Fundatorum Historia of Forde Abbey records the death ”1328 II Kal Oct” of “Hugonem de Courtnay primum…[vidua] domina Alianora” and her burial “prope maritum…apud Cowick”[563]. Hugh & his wife had [seven] children:

i) [ELEANOR (-before 6 Jun 1301). According to the Complete Peerage, the wife of Henry de Grey was “said to have m 1stly Eleanor daughter of Hugh de Courtenay”[564]. The same work suggests that “if this is correct” her father was Hugh who married Eleanor le Despencer. However, this does not appear to be an ideal fit from a chronological point of view, assuming that Hugh le Despencer is identified as the Hugh who was killed at the battle of Evesham in 1265. The Complete Peerage records that this Hugh le Despencer married “in or before 1260” Aline Basset, their son Hugh le Despencer being born 1 Mar 1261[565]. This would fit approximately with the estimated birth date of Hugh de Courtenay, son of Hugh de Courtenay and Eleanor, in [1275]. However, the wife of Henry de Grey would presumably have been born in the early 1260s, assuming that her marriage is correctly estimated to before [1281/82]. If that last date is correct, Eleanor, wife of Henry, would more likely have been born in the previous Courtenay generation. The problem is that a “Hugh de Courtenay” has not been identified in that earlier generation. m (before [1281/82]) as his first wife, HENRY de Grey of Codnor, Derbyshire, son of JOHN de Grey & his wife Lucy de Mohun of Dunster, Somerset (-Sep 1308). He was summoned to Parliament in 1299 whereby he is held to have become Lord Grey.]

ii) HUGH de Courtenay ([1275]-23 Dec 1340, bur Cowick, near Exeter). The Fundationis et Fundatorum Historia of Forde Abbey names “Hugonem secundum…ac Philippum postea dominum de Mourton prope Dartmore” as sons of “Hugonem de Courtnay primum” & his wife[566]. He succeeded his father in 1292 at Okehampton. He was summoned to parliament 6 Feb 1299, whereby he is held to have become Lord Courtenay. He was declared Earl of Devon 22 Feb 1335.

- see below.

iii) PHILIP de Courtenay (-killed in battle Stirling 24 Jun 1314). The Fundationis et Fundatorum Historia of Forde Abbey names “Hugonem secundum…ac Philippum postea dominum de Mourton prope Dartmore” as sons of “Hugonem de Courtnay primum” & his wife, adding that Philip was killed “VIII Kal Jul 1314 in bello Scotiæ apud Striveling”[567].

iv) ISABEL (-after Feb 1323). The Fundationis et Fundatorum Historia of Forde Abbey names “Isabellam domini Johannis de St John uxorem, Avelinam domini Johannis Gifford militis uxorem, necnon Egelinam Roberti de Scales uxorem, et Margaretam Johannis de Mulis…uxorem” as the four daughters of “Hugonem de Courtnay primum” & his wife[568]. A manuscript recording the founding of Boxgrove Priory, Sussex names "Isabellam filiam nobilis viri Hugonis de Cortenay" as the wife of “Johannes secundus [de sancto Johanne]”[569]. m as his first wife, JOHN de St John, son of JOHN de St John of Basing, Hampshire & his wife Alice de FitzPiers ([1271/74]-before 4 Apr 1329). He was summoned to Parliament in 1299 whereby he is held to have become Lord St John of Basing.

v) AVELINE . The Fundationis et Fundatorum Historia of Forde Abbey names “Isabellam domini Johannis de St John uxorem, Avelinam domini Johannis Gifford militis uxorem, necnon Egelinam Roberti de Scales uxorem, et Margaretam Johannis de Mulis…uxorem” as the four daughters of “Hugonem de Courtnay primum” & his wife[570]. m JOHN Giffard, son of [OSBERT Giffard of Winterborne Houghton, Dorset & his wife Joan ---] (-after 1327).

vi) EGELINE (-10 Oct 1335 or before). The Fundationis et Fundatorum Historia of Forde Abbey names “Isabellam domini Johannis de St John uxorem, Avelinam domini Johannis Gifford militis uxorem, necnon Egelinam Roberti de Scales uxorem, et Margaretam Johannis de Mulis…uxorem” as the four daughters of “Hugonem de Courtnay primum” & his wife[571]. m ROBERT de Scales, son of ROBERT de Scales Lord Scales & his wife Isabel --- ([1278/79]-20 Mar 1324). He succeeded his father in 1305 as Lord Scales.

vii) MARGARET . The Fundationis et Fundatorum Historia of Forde Abbey names “Isabellam domini Johannis de St John uxorem, Avelinam domini Johannis Gifford militis uxorem, necnon Egelinam Roberti de Scales uxorem, et Margaretam Johannis de Mulis…uxorem” as the four daughters of “Hugonem de Courtnay primum” & his wife[572]. m JOHN de Mulis, son of ---.

b) [WILLIAM de Tracy . “Willielmo de Tracy, fratre Hugonis de Courtenay, Henrico filio Willielmi de Tracy” subscribed an undated charter under which “Joselinus de Pomerei” donated property to Forde Abbey for the souls of “…domini mei regis Henrici…domini fratris mei Hen. de Pomerei”[573]. It is assumed that this charter should be dated to the reign of King Henry III. If this is correct, it is likely that “Hugonis de Courtenay” was Hugh de Courtenay of Okehampton (died in 1292), although the chronology suggests that William de Tracy’s son must in that case have subscribed the charter when he was still a child. The origin of William’s name “Tracy” has not been traced. The different name suggests that William may have been Hugh’s uterine brother, although no trace has been found of the marriage of Hugh’s mother into the Tracy family. Another possibility is that William adopted the name following his marriage to a Tracy.] m ---. The name of William’s son is not known. William & his wife had one child:

i) HENRY de Tracy . “Willielmo de Tracy, fratre Hugonis de Courtenay, Henrico filio Willielmi de Tracy” subscribed an undated charter under which “Joselinus de Pomerei” donated property to Forde Abbey for the souls of “…domini mei regis Henrici…domini fratris mei Hen. de Pomerei”[574].

2. [ROBERT (-after 9 Jul 1250). Pope Innocent IV granted indult to “Robert clerk son of Mary de Cortenay, of the diocese of Bath to hold one benefice or dignity besides the two which he now has...”, dated 9 Jul 1250[575]. It is supposed that Robert was the son of Robert de Courtenay and his wife Mary de Vernon as no other “Mary de Cortenay” has been identified at the time, although as noted above no other source has yet been found that Mary was still alive in 1250.]

3. [REGINALD (-after 9 Jul 1250). Pope Innocent IV granted indult to “Reginald clerk son of Mary de Cortenay to hold two benefices...besides the church of Hestengron in the diocese of Bath...”, dated 9 Jul 1250[576]. It is supposed that Reginald was the son of Robert de Courtenay and his wife Mary de Vernon as no other “Mary de Cortenay” has been identified at the time, although as noted above no other source has yet been found that Mary was still alive in 1250.]


Sir Robert de Courtenay, Knight, b abt 1183, of Okehampton, Devonshire, England, d 26 Jul 1242, Iwerne, Dorset, England. He md Mary de Vernon/Reviers abt 1209, daughter of Sir William de Vernon, Earl of Devon, and Maud/Mabel de Beaumont. Children of Robert de Courtenay and Mary de Vernon were:

  • •Hawise de Courtenay b abt 1212, of Okehampton, Devonshire, England, d bef 8 Apr 1269. She md [1] John de Neville abt 1230, son of Hugh de Neville and Joan de Cornhill. She md [2] Sir John de Gatesden, Knight.
  • •Sir John de Courtenay, Lord of Okehampton, b 26 Jul 1224 , of Okehampton, Devonshire, England, d 3 May 1274. He md Isabel de Vere abt 1245, daughter of Sir Hugh de Vere, Earl of Oxford, Knight, Master Chamberlain, and Hawise de Quincy.

http://www.geneajourney.com/crtney.html

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Sir Robert de COURTENAY Baron of Oakhampton (1183-1242) [Pedigree] Son of Renaud (Reginald) de COURTENAY Seigneur Courtenay (1125-1194) and Hawise de COURCY (1135-1219)

      Baron Oakhampton, Viscount Devonshire, Governor of the Castle of
      Exeter, Governor of Bridgnorth, Sheriff of Oxfordshire.
   b. ABT 1183
   b. 1170
   r. Okehampton, Devon, Eng.
   d. 26 Jul 1242, Iwerne, Dorset, Eng.
   d. 26 Jul 1242
   d. ABT 27 Jul 1242-3

Married Mary de VERNON Courtenay (1196-)

Children: 1. Sir John de COURTENAY Baron of Oakhampton (-1274) m. Isabel de VERE (-1298) 2. Hawise de COURTENAY (1222-1269) m. John de GATESDEN (1222-)

References: [AR7],[GENSERV],[MRL],[CP],[RoyalD],[BurkeP], [WallopFH],[RD500],[CharlemagneP],[MCS4],[APC]

http://homepages.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~pmcbride/rfc/gw22.htm#I14770


Robert Courtenay (M)

d. 26 July 1242, #913

    Robert Courtenay was the son of Renaud Courtenay and Hawise (?). Robert Courtenay married Mary Redvers, daughter of William Redvers Earl of Devon and Mabirie (Mabel?) Beaumont. Robert Courtenay died on 26 July 1242.
    Child of Robert Courtenay and Mary Redvers:
   John Courtenay+   d. 3 May 1274 

Robert de Courtenay1

M, #9224, d. 26 July 1242

Last Edited=2 May 2008

    Robert de Courtenay was the son of Renaud de Courtenay and Hawise de Crucy, Lady of Okehampton.1 He married Mary de Vernon, daughter of William de Reviers, 5th Earl of Devon and Mabile de Beaumont.1 He died on 26 July 1242.1
    Robert de Courtenay gained the title of Lord of Sutton Courtenay [feudal baron].1 He gained the title of Lord of Okehampton [feudal baron].1 In 1215 he was granted the right to coin tin in Devon and Cornwall, by King John.1 On 31 July 1219 he inherited the great Honour of Okehampton from his mother, amounting to 92 kngihts' fees.1 He held the office of Castellan of Oxford.1 He held the office of Sheriff of Devon.1 He was Sheriff of Oxfordshire.1 He held the office of Castellan of Exeter.1

Child of Robert de Courtenay and Mary de Vernon

John de Courtenay+ d. 3 May 12741

Citations

[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.


He was the governor of the castle at Exeter.

In 1214, he was made governor of Bridgnorth in Shropshire.

In 1215, he was made sheriff of Oxfordshire and governor of the castle at Oxford.

At the same time, King John committed to him the coinage of tin in Devonshire and Cornwall [Colonial and Revolutionary Lineages of America, Vol. 1, p. 317].

Sources

Some Courtenay history in THE ANCIENT FAMILY OF WYKE OF NORTH WYKE, CO. DEVON

Thomas Westcote. A view of Devonshire in MDCXXX, with a pedigree of most of its gentry online

Origins and Early History of the Courtney Family

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Sir Robert de Courtenay, Baron of Okehampton's Timeline

1170
1170
Devon, England
1215
1215
Okehampton, Devon, England
1224
July 26, 1224
Okehampton, Devon, England
1242
July 26, 1242
Age 72
Dorset, England
July 28, 1242
Age 72
Ford Abbey, Devonshire, England
1924
January 8, 1924
Age 72
January 8, 1924
Age 72
January 8, 1924
Age 72
January 8, 1924
Age 72