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Sir Philip II de Courtenay of Powderham

Sir Philip II de Courtenay of Powderham[1, 2]

Male 1404 - 1463  (59 years)

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  • Name Philip II de Courtenay of Powderham 
    Arms of Courtenay and Boulogne
    Arms of Courtenay and Boulogne
    Title Sir 
    Born 18 Jan 1404 
    Gender Male 
    Political Lancastrian  [3
    Possessions Powderham, Devon Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Powderham Castle
    Powderham Castle
    Died 16 Dec 1463 
    Person ID I11030  Dickinson
    Last Modified 25 Sep 2017 

    Father John de Courtenay of Powderham,   d. Bef 1415 
    Relationship Birth 
    Mother Joan Champernoun,   d. 1419 
    Relationship Birth 
    Family ID F3092  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Elizabeth Hungerford 
     1. William I Courtenay,   b. Abt 1428,   d. Sep 1485  (Age ~ 57 years)  [Birth]
    +2. Philip I Courtenay of Molland,   d. 7 Dec 1489  [Birth]
     3. Peter Courtenay,   b. Abt 1432,   d. 23 Sep 1492  (Age ~ 60 years)  [Birth]
     4. Edmund Courtenay  [Birth]
     5. John Courtenay  [Birth]
     6. Anne Courtenay  [Birth]
    +7. Elizabeth Courtenay,   d. 1 Sep 1493  [Birth]
     8. Phillippe Courtenay  [Birth]
    +9. Katherine Courtenay,   d. 12 Jan 1515
    Last Modified 24 Mar 2014 
    Family ID F3089  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
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  • Photos
    Arms of Courtenay of Powderham
    Arms of Courtenay of Powderham

    Arms of Courtenay
    Arms of Courtenay

  • Sources 
    1. [S336469] The Visitations of Cornwall, John Lambrick Vivain, ed. , ( Exeter: William Pollard & Co., 1887), p. 108.

    2. [S336470] Wikipedia, (Online:, "Sir Philip II Courtenay",
      "Sir Philip II Courtenay (18 January 1404 - 16 December 1463) of Powderham,[a] Devon, was the senior member of a junior branch of the powerful Courtenay family, Earls of Devon."

    3. [S336470] Wikipedia, (Online:, "Sir Philip II Courtenay",
      "[Philip of Powderham] had been badly treated by his distant cousin Thomas de Courtenay, 5th Earl of Devon (1414-1458), whose seat was at Tiverton Castle, and during the turbulent and lawless era of the Wars of the Roses, he supported the challenge against the earl, for local supremacy in Devon, put up by the Lancastrian courtier, Sir William Bonville (1392?1461), of Shute. Sir Philip's eldest son and heir Sir William Courtenay (d.1485) had married Bonville's daughter Margaret, cementing the alliance between the two men. On 3 November 1455 Thomas de Courtenay, 5th Earl of Devon (1414?1458) at the head of a private army of 1,000 men seized control of Exeter and its royal castle, the stewardship of which was sought by Bonville, and laid siege to nearby Powderham for two months. Lord Bonville attempted to raise the siege and approached from the east, crossing the River Exe, but was unsuccessful and was driven back by the Earl's forces. Sir Philip otherwise played a limited role in the Bonville-Courtenay feud. On 15 December 1455 the Earl of Devon and Lord Bonville met decisively at the Battle of Clyst Heath, where Bonville was defeated and after which the Earl sacked and pillaged Shute. Sir Philip swore fealty to King Edward IV (1461-1483) as an MP at Parliament."