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Hugh Courtenay 1327-1349

Also known as Hugh Courtenay Junior and Hugh de Courtenay

Born: 22 March 1326, probably at Tiverton Castle, Devon


Died: before 2 September 1349

Buried: Forde Abbey, Dorset, England

Parents: Hugh Courtenay, (born 12 July 1303, Okehampton, Devon, England, died 2 May 1377, Exeter, England, buried Exeter Cathedral), married (11/31 August 1325) Margaret De Bohun, (born 3 Apr 1311, Caldecote, Northamptonshire, England, died 16 December 1391 Exeter, England, buried Exeter Cathedral) daughter of Humphrey De Bohun, Earl of Hereford and Essex, and of the Princess Elizabeth, daughter of King Edward I


Margaret Courtenay, Baroness de Cobham, (born 1326, Exeter, Devonshire, England, died 2 August 1385, buried Cobham), married 1?: Theobald de Granville, married 2?: (1332), John De Cobham

Edward Courtenay of Godlington, (born 1329 Haccombe, Devonshire, England, died 1364/1372) married (about 1356) Emmeline Dawnay (born about 1328, Ingoldsby, Lincolnshsire, England, died 1368)

Thomas Courtenay (born 1331 Exeter, Devon, England, died 1381) married Unknown

Lady Elizabeth de Courtenay (born after 1325, Somerset, England, died 7 August 1395) married 1: John de Vere (born about December 1335, Barony Badlesmere, Kent, England, died before 23 June 1350, buried Earls Colne, Essex, England), married 2: (1359) Sir Andrew Lutterell in 1359

Catherine Courtenay (born 1335, Exeter, Devon, England, died 31 December 1399) married 1: William Mohun, married 2: Thomas Engain, married 3: William Harrington, Baron

Joan Courtenay (born 1337, Exeter, Devon, England, buried, Fryars Church, Augustine, Middlesex, England) married John Chiverton

Matilda Courtenay (born 1339, Exeter, Devon, England)

Philip Courtenay, (born 1340, Exeter, Devon, England, died 29 July 1406, Exeter, Devon, England) Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, 1383, married (1380) Anne Wake

William Courtenay (born 1342, Exeter, Devon, England, died 31 July 1396, Maidstone, buried Canterbury cathedral ), Archbishop of Canterbury

Eleanor Courtenay

John Courtenay (born 1346, Exeter, Devon, England)

Guenora Courtenay (born 1348, Exeter, Devon, England)

Peter Courtenay (born 1349/2, Exeter, Devon, England, died 2 February 1404) married Margaret Clyvedon

Anne Courtenay (born 1351, Exeter, Devon, England)

Isabel Courtenay (born 1353, Exeter, Devon, England)

Humphrey Courtenay (born 1355, Exeter, Devon, England)

Philippa Courtenay (born 1357, Exeter, Devon, England)

Married: September 1341

Spouse: Lady Elizabeth Brian, (died 23 September 1375), daughter of Guy Brian, Lord of Tor-Brian


Hugh Courtenay (born 1343, probably at Tiverton Castle, Devon, died: 20 February 1374) married 1: (1361) Margaret Brian, (died soon afterward) maried 2: (about 1365) Maud Holland

Heraldic Coat of Arms: or, three torteaux, a label azure. Described by George Beltz as or, three torteaux, a label azure, differenced by a label of three points, each charged with three annulets.

Crest: Within a ducal coronet a plume of swan's feathers, consisting of three rows, the first of eight, the second of ten, and the uppermost of eleven feathers.

Knight of the Garter 1348, Founder Member, Stall 13

Sir Hugh Courtenay fought with Edward III against France at Crecy on the 26 August 1346 where he fought in the rearguard. In 1347, he fought at the Siege of Calais, with his uncle, William De Bohun, Earl of Northampton. Edward III excused the Earl of Devon, on account of infirm health, from attending on any military service out of the realm. Towards the end of 1347 he distinguished himself in a Tournament at Eltham Palace, Surrey, he received from the Edward III, as his reward, a hood of white cloth, buttoned with large pearls and embroidered with figures of men in dancing postures.

Ashmole states he died in 1366 and that the inquisition taken in 1374 was consequent upon his death may refer partly to Sir Hugh Courtenay, his son, and partly to the Earl, his father. Queen Philippa, travelling through Dorset, while Edward III was in Wales stayed at Ford Abbey from the 31st August until the 2nd September1348; and that, on the mentioned day, she placed a piece of cloth of gold, as an oblation, upon the tomb of Sir Hugh de Courtenay. The abbey did not contain, previously to that date, the remains of any other Sir Hugh Courtenay. The Earl of Northampton, who succeeded Sir Hugh Courtenay in the seventh Garter Stall on the Sovereign's side in St. George's College Chapel, Windsor (Berks), had licence, on the 26th January following (1350), to assign the advowson of Dadington to the custodians and chaplains of the said college, and that, on the 4th May 1350, the Earl completed that donation, which was made in conformity to a custom observed by Knights of the Order soon after the foundation.

Memorials Of The Most Noble Order Of The Garter From Its Foundation To The Present Time, George Beltz, 1841

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