Name: Edward COURTENAY , KG, 8th Earl of Devon, Sir 1
ALIA: 17th\8th Earl of /Devon/, Edward Courtenay
Birth: ABT 1448 in Boconnoc, Liskeard, Cornwall, England
Death: 25 MAY 1509 1
EARLDOM OF DEVON (XVII, 8) 1485 to 1509
"EDWARD COURTENAY Knt.," son and heir of Sir Hugh de C., of Boconnock, Cornwall (died 5 May 1471 after the Battle of Tewkesbury), by Margaret, daughter and heir of Thomas CARMINOW, which Hugh was son and heir of another Sir Hugh de Courtenay, younger brother of Edward, Earl of Devon [1377-1419), being thus heir male, though not heir general, of his family. And having (like his father, who fought at Tewkesbury 1471, and other relatives) espoused the Lancastrian side, and been banished and attainted, in 1484, by Richard III, was knighted by the Earl of Richmond (afterwards Henry VII) 7 August 1485, being, 15 days later, present at Bosworth field. He was by patent, 26 October 1485 created EARL OF DEVON, or DEVONSHIRE with the usual remainder to heirs male of his body. -Shortly afterwards he was, by Act of Parliament 1485, "restored to the honours lost by his attainder in the Parliament of 1 Richard Ill." At the Coronation, 30 October 1485, he was bearer of the Second Sword; Constable of Restormel Castle, Cornwall, February 1486/7; K.G. before April 1494; was in the French expedition 1491; defended Exeter against Perkin Warbeck 1497.
He married Elizabeth, 1st daughter of Sir Philip COURTENAY, of Molland, Devon, by (----), daughter of Robert HINGESTON. She died before him, and was buried at Tiverton, Devon. He died 28 May 1509, when the Earldom became forfeited by reason of the attainder of his son and heir. [Complete Peerage IV:328-30, XIV:260, (transcribed by Dave Utzinger)]
Note: CP names his son William, b. c1487, as the next Earl, as well as William's son Edward. Then, even though the title was not recognized for over three hundred years, CP is forced to name a number of the Courtenay family Earls of Devon, based on a decision of the House of Lords in 1831, which stated that the title had never been extinct, but had descended from some distant cousin of the above mentioned Edward, son of William.
Father: Hugh de COURTENAY , of Boconnock, Sir b: ABT 1419 in Boconnoc, Liskeard, Cornwall, England
Mother: Margaret CARMINOW b: ABT 1425 in Ashwater, Holsworthy, Devon, England
Elizabeth COURTENAY b: ABT 1462 in Molland, South Molton, Devon, England
- William COURTENAY , KB, 9th Earl of Devon b: ABT 1475 in Powderham Castle, Devonshire, England
- Title: Complete Peerage of England Scotland Ireland Great Britain and the United Kingdom, by G. E Cokayne, Sutton Publishing Ltd, 2000