Courtenay, William (1428 - 1485)

Born / Died

Birth Date: ca. 1428
Death Date: by 1485-09 (died between Feb. 1484/5 and this date)

Marriages/Other Unions

  1. Type: marriage
    Union began: n.d.
    Union ended: n.d.


From Cheney, Cecily ( - )

Primary Title



  • Knight
    Assumed 1462-05-11 (knighted between this date and 15 Feb. 1463/4)
    Vacated By 1485-09

Details of Offices

Began Ended Notes
MP, Somerset 1455 n.d.
Commissioner of Array, Somerset 1461 n.d.
JP, Somerset 1461 1463
Commissioner of Oyer and Terminer, Wiltshire 1462 n.d.
Commissioner of Oyer and Terminer, Dorset 1462 n.d.
Commissioner of Oyer and Terminer, Somerset 1462 n.d.
JP, Devon 1463/4 1466
JP, Somerset 1465/6 n.d.
JP, Devon 1467/8 1472
JP, Somerset 1468 1469
Commissioner of Array, Devon 1471 1472
JP, Devon 1473/4 n.d.
JP, Devon 1479/80 1484
Sheriff, Devon 1482-11-5 1483-11-6
Commissioner of Array, Devon 1484 n.d.
Commissioner of Oyer and Terminer, Cornwall 1484 n.d.
Commissioner of Oyer and Terminer, Devon 1484 n.d.

General Lands Note

Entry into father's lands 19 Feb. 1481/2

Details of Properties



  • Devon: Ilton
  • Somerset

Events Naming Patron

Event Date Location Troupe
Performance 1478-1478 Guildhall (1), Barnstaple , Devon Sir William Courtenay's Performers

Patronized Troupes

Troupe Name Patron Troupe Type # of events
Sir William Courtenay's Performers Courtenay, William (1428 - 1485) Entertainers/Minstrels 1

Owned Venues

Venue Name County Venue Type
East Coker House Somerset Private Residence
Powderham Castle Exeter (city-county) in Devon Private Residence

Bibliographic Sources

Bindoff, S.T. The History of Parliament: The House of Commons, 1509–1558. 3 vols. London: Secker & Warburg, 1982.
Calendar of Patent Rolls, Edward IV – Henry VI [1467–77]. London: HMSO, 1900.
Calendar of Patent Rolls, Edward IV [1461–7]. London: HMSO, 1897.
Calendar of Patent Rolls, Edward IV, Edward V, Richard III [1476–85]. London: HMSO, 1901.
Calendar of Patent Rolls, Henry VI [1422–61]. 6 vols. London: HMSO, 1901–11.
List of Sheriffs for England and Wales from the Earliest Times to AD 1831. Public Record Office Lists and Indexes 9. London: HMSO, 1898.
Wedgwood, Josiah C., and Anne D. Holt. The History of Parliament: Biographies of the Members of the Commons House 1439–1509. London: HMSO, 1936.