Edward COURTENAY, Sr
- Born: Abt 1453, Landrake, Ashton, Cornwall, England
- Married (2): Abt 1493, Landrake, Ashton, Cornwall, England
- Died: 1 Mar 1509
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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 Devonwas 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."
The Political History of England, 1377-1485, Vol IV, C Oman,1906, AMS Press, New York, p491:
" At last on August 1 Henry of Richmond set sail from Harfleur; the Regent Anne of France had lent him 60,000 francs, and collected for him 1,800 mercenaries and a small fleet. The adventurer was accompanied by his uncle, Jasper Tudor, the Earl of Oxford, Sir Edward Woodville, Sir John Welles, heir of the attainted barony of Welles, Sir Edward Courtenay, who claimed the earldom of Devon, his kinsman the Bishop of Exeter, Morton, Bishop of Ely, and some scores of exiled knights and squires, among whom Yorkists were almost as numerous as Lancastrians..."
The Oxford History of England The Fifteenth Century 1399-1485, E F Jacob, Oxford Univ Press, p631:
 "...A new attainer act passed against all those guilty of rebellion. These included `the leaders of the revolt at Brecon' and, most significant, groups of twenty-eight Kentish and Surrey men, fourteen who started in Berkshire; thirty-three in Wiltshire; and eighteen comprising Dorset, and two members of the Courtney family who revolted in Exeter. The bishops of Ely, Salisbury, and Exeter were forgiven the penalty of death, as they were clerks, but had to forfeit their temporalities..."
The CambridgeHistorical Encyclopedia of Great Britain and Ireland, Christopher Haigh, 1985, Cambridge Univ Press, p143:
"Wars of the Roses: the campaigns of 1460-61. Areas of COURTENAY family influence: Devon and Cornwall..."
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Edward married Joan DYMOCK.
Edward also married Alice WOTTON, daughter of John WOTTON and Mrs Wotton John, about 1493 in Landrake, Ashton, Cornwall, England. (Alice WOTTON was born about 1473 in Landrake, Ashton, Cornwall, England and died on 29 Sep 1533.)