Biography of Edward Courtenay 1st Earl Devon 1527-1556

Timeline

After Jun 1515 Henry Courtenay 1st Marquess Exeter 1496-1539 (19) and Elizabeth Grey Countess Devon 1505-1519 (10) were married. Elizabeth Grey Countess Devon 1505-1519 (10) by marriage as Countess Devon (4C 1511).

On 25 Oct 1519 Henry Courtenay 1st Marquess Exeter 1496-1539 (23) and Gertrude Blount Marchioness Exeter 1503-1558 (15) were married. Gertrude Blount Marchioness Exeter 1503-1558 (15) by marriage as Countess Devon (4C 1511).

Around 1527 Edward Courtenay 1st Earl Devon 1527-1556 was born to Henry Courtenay 1st Marquess Exeter 1496-1539 (31) and Gertrude Blount Marchioness Exeter 1503-1558 (23)

On 03 Aug 1533 Mary Tudor I Queen England and Ireland 1516-1558 (17) made her formal entrance into London.
The Diary of Henry Machyn, Citizen and Merchant-Taylor of London, 1550-1563, describes the event:
The third day of August, the Queen came riding to London and so to the Tower. She made her entrance at Aldgate, which was hanged with a great number of streamers hanging about the said gate; and all the streets into Leadenhall and unto the Tower were laid with gravel, and all the crafts of London stood in a row, with their banners and streamers hanging over their heads. Her Grace came, preceded by the Mayor of London carrying the mace and the Earl of Arundel (57) carrying the sword, and all the trumpets blowing. After the Queen came the Lady Elizabeth (-1), and after her the Duchess of Norfolk (36), and after her the Gertrude Blount Countess Devon 1503-1558{Marchioness of Exeter} and other ladies. And after them the aldermen, and then the guard with bows and javelins, and all the rest who departed from Aldgate in green and white, and red and white, and blue and green, to the number of three thousand horses and spears and javelins.
Strype’s Complete History of England describes Mary's entrance to the Tower:
There met her as humble supplicants the Duke of Norfolk (59), who had been a prisoner ever since his son the Earl of Surrey (59) was put to death by King Henry the (42); Edward Courtenay (6), son of the Marquis of Exeter (37) who was executed in the year 1538; Gardiner (50), deprived of his Bishopric of Winchester about two years before; and the Anne Stanhope Duchess Somerset 1497-1587. They presented themselves on their knees, and Gardiner in the name of them all, made a congratulatory speech to the Queen, who kindly raised them one after another, saluted them, saying they were her own proper prisoners and ordered their immediate discharge. The next day she restored Courtenay (6) to the honor of his family. Gardiner (50) not only obtained his bishopric again but on the 23rd of August following was made Lord Chancellor, even though he had formerly subscribed to the Sentence of Divorce against the Queen’s mother and had written in defense of King Henry’s proceedings.

In Nov 1538 Margaret Pole Countess Salsbury (65), her son Henry Pole 1st Baron Montagu 1492-1539, his son Henry Pole 1520-1542, and other Pole family members, and Henry Courtenay 1st Marquess Exeter 1496-1539 (42), his wife Gertrude Blount Marchioness Exeter 1503-1558 (34), their son Edward Courtenay 1st Earl Devon 1527-1556 (11) and Edward Neville 1471-1538 wre arrested and imprisoned on charges of treason. Cromwell had previously written that they had "little offended save that he [Reginald Pole] is of their kin". They were committed to the Tower of London, Tower Hill, City of London.

Exeter Conspiracy

On 09 Jan 1539 Henry Pole 1st Baron Montagu 1492-1539 and Henry Courtenay 1st Marquess Exeter 1496-1539 (43) were beheaded at Tower Hill, City of London.

On 03 Aug 1553 Edward Courtenay 1st Earl Devon 1527-1556 (26) was finally released from imprisonment after fifteen years by Mary Tudor I Queen England and Ireland 1516-1558 (37) who was a close friend of his mother Gertrude Blount Marchioness Exeter 1503-1558 (49).

On 03 Sep 1553 Edward Courtenay 1st Earl Devon 1527-1556 (26) was created 1st Earl Devon (5C 1553)

On 29 Sep 1553 Edward Courtenay 1st Earl Devon 1527-1556 (26) was appointed as Knight of the Bath

On 01 Oct 1553 Mary Tudor I Queen England and Ireland 1516-1558 (37) was crowned I King England and Ireland: Tudor[Queen of England and Ireland] at Westminster Abbey.
Edward Courtenay 1st Earl Devon 1527-1556 (26) carried the Sword of State.
John Gage Lord Chamberlain 1479-1556 bore the queen's train. Edward Dymoke 1508-1566 attended as the Queen's Champion. James Blount 6th Baron Mountjoy 1533-1582 and Henry Parker 12th Baron Marshal, 11th Baron Morley 1533-1577 were created Knight of the Bath. Thomas Hastings 1515- and John Leigh 1502-1564 (51) were knighted. Thomas Howard 3rd Duke Norfolk 1473-1554 (79) and Henry Neville 5th Earl Westmoreland 1525-1563 (28) attended.

On May 1554 Edward Courtenay 1st Earl Devon 1527-1556 (27) was imprisoned at Fotheringay Castle, Fotheringhay, Northamptonshire

On Nov 1555 Edward Courtenay 1st Earl Devon 1527-1556 (28) wrote a letter pleading for permission to return to England to pay his respects to Queen Mary and to his mother at Brussels

On 18 Sep 1556 Edward Courtenay 1st Earl Devon 1527-1556 (29) died. His son William Courtenay 2nd Earl Devon 1529-1557 (27) de jure 2nd Earl Devon (5C 1553). Elizabeth Paulett Countess Devon by marriage as Countess Devon (5C 1553).

On 25 Sep 1558 Gertrude Blount Marchioness Exeter 1503-1558 (54) died

Family Trees

Paternal Family Tree: Courtenay

Descendants Family Trees:

Edward IV King England 1442-1483

Descent

Kings Wessex: Great x 20 Grand Son of Aethelwulf King Wessex -858

Kings Gwynedd: Great x 12 Grand Son of Owain "Great" King Gwynedd 1100-1170

Kings Seisyllwg: Great x 18 Grand Son of Hywel "Dda aka Good" King Seisyllwg, King Deheubarth 880-950

Kings Powys: Great x 13 Grand Son of Maredudd ap Bleddyn King Powys 1047-1132

Kings England: Great Grand Son of Edward IV King England 1442-1483

Kings Scotland: Great x 11 Grand Son of William "Lion" I King Scotland 1143-1214

Kings Franks: Great x 11 Grand Son of Louis VII King Franks 1120-1180

Kings France: Great x 7 Grand Son of Philip "Fair" IV King France 1268-1314

Ancestry

Father: Henry Courtenay 1st Marquess Exeter 1496-1539 Grandson Edward IV King England 1442-1483

GrandFather: William Courtenay 1st Earl Devon 1475-1511 Great x 5 Grandson Edward "Longshanks" I King England 1239-1307

Great GrandFather: Edward Courtenay 1st Earl Devon -1509 Great x 4 Grandson Edward "Longshanks" I King England 1239-1307

Great x 2 GrandFather: Hugh Courtenay 1427-1471 Great x 3 Grandson Edward "Longshanks" I King England 1239-1307

Great x 3 GrandFather: Hugh Courtenay 1359-1425 Great x 2 Grandson Edward "Longshanks" I King England 1239-1307

Great x 2 GrandMother: Margaret Carminow

GrandMother: Catherine York 1479-1527 Daughter Edward IV King England 1442-1483

Great GrandFather: Edward IV King England 1442-1483 Great x 2 Grandson Edward III King England 1312-1377

Great x 2 GrandFather: Richard 3rd Duke York 1411-1460 Great Grandson Edward III King England 1312-1377

Great x 3 GrandFather: Richard York 1st Earl Cambridge 1385-1415 Grandson Edward III King England 1312-1377

Great x 3 GrandMother: Anne Mortimer Countess Cambridge 1390-1411 Great x 2 Granddaughter Edward III King England 1312-1377

Great x 2 GrandMother: Cecily "Rose of Raby" Neville Duchess York 1415-1495 Great Granddaughter Edward III King England 1312-1377

Great x 3 GrandFather: Ralph Neville 1st Earl Westmoreland 1364-1425 Great x 5 Grandson Henry "Curtmantle" II King England 1133-1189

Great x 3 GrandMother: Joan Beaufort Countess Westmoreland 1379-1440 Granddaughter Edward III King England 1312-1377

Great GrandMother: Elizabeth Woodville Queen Consort England 1437-1492 Great x 6 Granddaughter Henry III King England 1207-1272

Great x 2 GrandFather: Richard Woodville 1st Earl Rivers 1405-1469

Great x 3 GrandFather: Richard Woodville 1385-1441

Great x 3 GrandMother: Joan Bittelsgate 1390-1448

Great x 2 GrandMother: Jacquetta Luxembourg Duchess Bedford 1415-1472 Great x 5 Granddaughter Henry III King England 1207-1272

Great x 3 GrandFather: Peter Luxembourg I Count Saint-Pol 1390-1433 Great x 4 Grandson Henry III King England 1207-1272

Great x 3 GrandMother: Margherita Baux 1394-1469 Great x 5 Granddaughter John "Lackland" I King England 1166-1216

Mother: Gertrude Blount Marchioness Exeter 1503-1558 Great x 9 Granddaughter John "Lackland" I King England 1166-1216

GrandFather: William Blount 4th Baron Mountjoy 1478-1534 Great x 8 Grandson John "Lackland" I King England 1166-1216

Great GrandFather: John Blount 3rd Baron Mountjoy 1450-1485 Great x 11 Grandson Henry "Beauclearc" I King England 1068-1135

Great x 2 GrandFather: Walter Blount 1st Baron Mountjoy 1416-1474 Great x 10 Grandson Henry "Beauclearc" I King England 1068-1135

Great x 3 GrandFather: Thomas Blount 1390-1456 Great x 9 Grandson Henry "Beauclearc" I King England 1068-1135

Great x 3 GrandMother: Margaret Gresley 1393-1456

Great x 2 GrandMother: Helena Byron Baroness Mountjoy

Great x 3 GrandFather: John Byron 1371-1465

Great GrandMother: Lora Berkeley Countess Ormonde Great x 7 Granddaughter John "Lackland" I King England 1166-1216

Great x 2 GrandFather: Edward Berkeley 1434-1506 Great x 6 Grandson John "Lackland" I King England 1166-1216

Great x 3 GrandFather: Maurice Berkeley 1397-1460 Great x 5 Grandson John "Lackland" I King England 1166-1216

Great x 3 GrandMother: Lora Fitzhugh Great x 6 Granddaughter Henry "Curtmantle" II King England 1133-1189

GrandMother: Elizabeth Saye Baroness Mountjoy Great x 9 Granddaughter John "Lackland" I King England 1166-1216

Great GrandFather: William Saye 1452-1529 Great x 8 Grandson John "Lackland" I King England 1166-1216

Great x 2 GrandFather: John Saye 1430-1478 Great x 8 Grandson John "Lackland" I King England 1166-1216

Great x 3 GrandFather: John Saye 1380-1468 Great x 7 Grandson John "Lackland" I King England 1166-1216

Great x 2 GrandMother: Elizabeth Cheney 1422-1473 Great x 7 Granddaughter John "Lackland" I King England 1166-1216

Great x 3 GrandFather: Lawrence Cheney 1396-1461

Great x 3 GrandMother: Elizabeth Cockayne 1394-1422 Great x 6 Granddaughter John "Lackland" I King England 1166-1216