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William Courtenay (abt. 1477 - 1535)

Sir William Courtenay
Born about in Powderham, Devon, Englandmap
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Husband of — married 1502 in Powderham, Devon, Englandmap
Husband of — married about 1521 (to 24 Nov 1535) in Powderham, Devon, Englandmap
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Died at about age 58 in Powderham, Devon, Englandmap
Profile last modified | Created 22 Dec 2009
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He was the son of Cecily Cheyne and Sir William Courtenay.[1] He was born about 1477 in Powderham, Devon, England. He was married twice, firstly to Margaret Edgecumbe daughter of Sir Richard Edgecumbe and Joan Tremayne.[1]about 1502 in Powderham, Devon, England. He married, secondly, Mary Gainsford, daughter of Sir John Gainsford and Anne Haute.[1] about 1521 in Powderham, Devon, England. He died on the 24th of November 1535


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Mosley, Charles, 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 1123.
  • Surrey Archaeological Collections (London: Surrey Archaeological Society, 1858 -), 3:60
  • Cokayne, George Edward, The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain and the United Kingdom, Extant, Extinct, or Dormant (London: St. Catherine Press, 1910.), 3:197, 4:335
  • Brydges, Egerton, Collins's Peerage of England (London: T. Bensley, 1812.), 5:318, 8:179, 6:263-4.
  • Colby, Frederic Thomas, The Visitation of the County of Devon in the Year 1564 (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1997.), pp. 51, 73
  • Bindoff, Stanley Thomas, The History of Parliament: The House of Commons, 1509-1558 (London: Secker & Warburg, 1982.), 2:468
  • Bannerman, William Bruce, The Visitations of the County of Surrey Made and Taken in the Years 1530, ..1572, .. and 1623 (London: Publications of the Harleian Society, 1899.), p. 12
  • Vivian, John Lambrick, The Visitations of the County of Devon: Comprising the Herald's Visitations of 1531, 1564, & 1620 (Exeter: H.S. Eland, 1895.), p. 173

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Courtenay-1200 and Courtenay-2 appear to represent the same person because: Happy to propose this merge
posted by Alan McDade
Courtenay-1200 and Courtenay-2 do not represent the same person because: Born hundreds of years apart!
posted by James Allen
A genealogical history of the noble and illustrious family of Courtenay : In three parts. The first giveth an account, Of the Counts of Edessa, of that family. The second, Of that branch is in France. The third, Of that branch is in England Cleaveland, Ezra, Publication date: 1735. See page 290 Book III, Part III

posted by Clare Bromley III
I am not pre-1500 approved. Can someone please correct Cecily Chenye to Cheney, Margaret Edgecumbe to Edgecombe (and her father), and Mary Gainsford to Gaynsford in the Biography so they are consistent with their profile? Thank you, Carol Baldwin
posted by Carol Baldwin PhD RN
Sir William Courtenay III of Powderham Castle, born by 1485, died 24 November 1535. Married 1st by 1506, Margaret Edgcumbe (died by 1512), dau of Sir Richard Edgcumbe of Cotehele & Joan Tremayne
posted by Tracy Lawrence
Where does the 'G' come from? He is not called William G Courtenay in either of the sources.
posted by John Atkinson

Rejected matches › Thomas Courtenay (1703-1801)

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