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John de Courtenay, feudal Baron of Okehampton

Norwegian: Sir John, feudal Baron of Okehampton
Also Known As: "Baron John De Courtenay", "John Courtenay", "Knight"
Birthplace: Okehampton, Devon, England
Death: May 03, 1273 (44-52)
Okehampton, Devon, England
Place of Burial: Brightley, Devon, England
Immediate Family:

Son of Sir Robert de Courtenay, Baron of Okehampton and Mary de Vernon, Lady of Okehampton
Husband of Isabel de Vere, Lady of Oakhampton
Father of Sir Hugh de Courtenay, Lord of Oakhampton and William Courtenay
Brother of Hawise de Courtenay
Half brother of William de Preaux and Alix de Preaux

Occupation: Baron of Okehampton, Baron of Oakhampton; Constable of the Castle of Totnes, Sir Knight Templar, Constable of Totnes Castle, Earl of Oxford, Lord of Okehampton, Lord of Wadesdon
Managed by: James Fred Patin, Jr.
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About John de Courtenay, Lord of Okehampton

Name: John de Courtenay

Birth: Jul. 26, 1224 Okehampton, Devon, England

Death: 3 MAY 1274 Okehampton, Devon, England


Ford Abbey, Ford, Devon, England

Father: Robert de Courtenay b: 1170

Mother: Mary Reviers b: 1196

Marriage 1 Isabel de Vere b: ABT 1222


Hugh De Courtenay (1249 - 1292)*

Baron of Okehampton.

This Hugh is not recorded in BE1883 but is reported in BP1934 (Devon). It is not clear whether or not the William and Hawise shown here as his brother and sister were really his younger son and daughter. TCP (Vere) and TCP (Dinham) identifies Isabel's (first) husband as John de Courtenay.

John was a generous benefactor of the Abbey of Ford. He was also employed on important services by Henry III although there is no record of his ever having been called to Parliament.

Okehampton Castle From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Okehampton , Devon , England

Type Motte and bailey Site information Owner English Heritage Open to the public Yes Condition Ruined Site history Materials Stone Okehampton Castle is a medieval motte and bailey castle in Devon, England. It was built between 1068 and 1086 by Baldwin FitzGilbert following a revolt in Devon against Norman rule , and formed the centre of the Honour of Okehampton, guarding a crossing point across the West Okement River. It continued in use as a fortification until the late 13th century, when its owners, the de Courtenays, became the Earls of Devon. With their new wealth, they redeveloped the castle as a luxurious hunting lodge, building a new deer park that stretched out south from the castle, and constructing fashionable lodgings that exploited the views across the landscape. The de Courtenays prospered and the castle was further expanded to accommodate their growing household. The de Courtenays were heavily involved in the 15th century Wars of the Roses and Okehampton Castle was frequently confiscated. By the early 16th century the castle was still in good condition, but after Henry Courtenay was executed by Henry VIII the property was abandoned and left to decay, while the park was rented out by the Crown. Parts of the castle were reused as a bakery in the 17th century, but by the 19th century it was completely ruined and became popular with Picturesque painters, including J. M. W. Turner. Renovation work began properly in the 20th century, first under private ownership and then, more extensively, after the castle was acquired by the state. In the 21st century it is controlled by English Heritage and operated as a tourist attraction

Birth: Jul. 26, 1224 Okehampton West Devon Borough Devon, England Death: May 3, 1274 Okehampton West Devon Borough Devon, England

Knight of Okehampton, Chulmeleigh, Musbury, Devon, of Sutton Courtenay, Berkshire, of Iwerne Coutenay, Dorset, of Eaddeson, Buckinghamshire.

Son and heir to Sir Robert de Courtenay and Mary de Vernon, daughter of William, the Earl of Devon.

Husband of Isabel de Vere, daughter of Hugh de Vere, Earl of Oxford and Hawise de Quincy. They had one son, Sir Hugh.

Isabel's maritagium included the manors of Hillesdon and Waverdon, Buckinghamshire. Sir John serviced in Gascony in 1248 and in Wales in 1257 and 1258.

Family links:

 Isabel de Vere Courtenay (____ - 1299)*


 Hugh de Courtenay (1251 - 1292)*

Burial: Forde Abbey Thorncombe West Dorset District Dorset, England

Maintained by: Anne Shurtleff Stevens Originally Created by: Jerry Ferren Record added: Aug 05, 2010 Find A Grave Memorial# 55885402

DE COURTENAY  	Born: Abt 1218, Okehampton, Devon, England  	Married: Abt 1249, Hatfield, Essex, England   	Died: 3 May 1274, England 	Buried: 5 May 1274, Ford Abbey

Ancestral File Number: 8Q7M-50.

Events: 1. Occupation. Baron of Oakhampton, Constable Castle of Totnes, Devonshire

Marriage Information: John married Isabel DE VERE, daughter of Sir Hugh DE VERE Kt., 4th Earl of Oxford and Hawise (Hawyse) DE QUINCY, about 1249 in Hatfield, Essex, England. (Isabel DE VERE was born about 1222 in Colne, Essex, England, died after Feb 1298-1299 in England and was buried in Church Of Black Friars, Exeter.) .

“Royal Ancestry: A Study in Colonial & Medieval Families,” Douglas Richardson (2013):

 “JOHN DE COURTENAY, Knt., of Okehampton, Chulmeleigh, Kenn, Musbury,  and Sampford Courtenay, Devon, Sutton Courtenay, Berkshire, Hillesden and Waddesdon, Buckinghamshire, Iwerne Courtney, Dorset, Hemington, Somerset, etc., son and heir. 

He married (1st) EMMA ___.
In 1235 he gave all his lands at East Hirst [Hirst Courtney] and his right of common in the woods at West Hirst [Temple Hirst], Yorkshire to the Knights Templar for the health of his soul and the soul of Emma his wife.
He married (2nd) before 2 Jan. 1233/4 MAUD DE CANEVILLE (she died testate shortly before 6 October 1240), widow of Nele de Mowbray (died 1230), of Thirsk, Yorkshire, and niece of Hugh de Pateshull, Bishop of Coventry and Lichfield. He and his 2nd wife, Maud, were defendants in a lawsuit in Yorkshire in 1237.
He married (3rd) after 6 October 1240 ISABEL DE VERE, daughter of Hugh de Vere, Knt., Earl of Oxford, by Hawise, daughter of Saher de Quincy, 1st Earl of Winchester [see VERE 2 for her ancestry]. Her maritagium included the manors of Hillesdon and Wavendon, Buckinghamshire. They had one son, Hugh, Knt.
He served in Poitou, 1242, Wales, 1244, 1257, and 1258, and Gascony, 1248 and 1253. In 1254 he was granted a market and fair at Chawleigh and Newton Poppleford, Devon, and free warren in all his demesne lands in cos. Berks, Bucks, Devon, Dorset, and Somerset. He was granted a weekly market and a yearly fair at Iweme Courtney, Dorset in 1261. In 1263 he was granted a weekly market and yearly fair at Fauldand, Somerset. The same year he was pardoned 10 marks by the king for his good services. In 1264 he was commanded to come to the king with all speed.
SIR JOHN DE COURTENAY died testate 3 May 1274, and was buried at Ford Abbey, Dorset.

His widow, Isabel, married (2nd) before 24 Jan. 1276/7 (royal license 18 or 19 May 1280 for a fine of £100) OLIVER DE DINHAM (or DYNHAM), Knt., of Hartland, llsington, etc., Devon, Cotton Dinham and Sandford Orcas, Somerset, Constable of Exeter and Taunton Castles, Keeper of Lundy Isle, son and heir of Geoffrey de Dinham, Knt., of Hartland, Devon. He was born about 1234 (aged 24 in 1258). They had two sons, Josce, Knt., and Geoffrey.

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John de Courtenay, Lord of Okehampton's Timeline

July 26, 1224
Okehampton, Devon, England
March 25, 1251
Okehampton, Devon, England
Okehampton, Devon, England
May 3, 1273
Age 48
Okehampton, Devon, England
May 5, 1273
Age 48
Ford Abbey, Brightley, Devon, England
January 8, 1924
Age 48
January 8, 1924
Age 48
January 8, 1924
Age 48
January 8, 1924
Age 48