Earl Edward Courtenay DEVON, III
- Born: Abt 1533, Landrake, Ashton, Cornwall, England
- Died: Aft 1555
Another name for Edward was DEVON 1st Earl.
Ancestral File Number: 8VKZ-10.
1st Earl of DEVON 1553-1556. Created First (and Last) Earl of DEVON in 1553 TD.
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 1981, Micropaedia, Vol III, p197, Courtenay: "Name of an old English family, Earls of Devon, whose first known ancestor, Athon, was Lord of Courtenay in Gatinais, France, Abt 1010. A branch flourished in England from the mid-12th century, and its claim to the Earldom of Devon, recognized in 1335, stemmed from the marriage of Robert de Courtenay (Died 1242) with Mary de Redvers, daughter of William, Earl of Devon. The main line was extinguished in the Wars of the Roses, but a member of a subsidiary branch, supporting the Tudors, was granted the Earldom in 1485..."
The Dukes, Brian Masters, Frederick Muller, 1975 p30:
"There is one very special case which is worth mentioning, although it impinges upon a dukedom only by implication. The earldom of Devon was created for Edward Courtenay in 1553, with limitation to `heir male', but not `of the body'. The title was extinct three years later, but in 1831 it was successfully claimed by a man whose descent was from an ancestor living 200 years before the creation of 1553, and who was, quite correctly, a male heir but not a descendant of the 1st Earl. The 17th Earl of Devon is alive today, and benefits from this unique entail."
Ancestral File Ver 4.10 8VKZ-10.