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Margaret DE BOHUN, 2nd Countess of Devon

Female 1311 - 1391  (80 years)


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  • Name Margaret DE BOHUN 
    Suffix 2nd Countess of Devon 
    Born 3 Apr 1311  Caldecote, Northamptonshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died 16 Dec 1391 
    Buried Cathedral Church, St. Peter, Exeter, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • From Wikipedia:
      “Margaret de Bohun, 2nd Countess of Devon (3 April 1311-16 December 1391) was an English noblewoman of the fourteenth century who lived most of her life in the county of Devonshire.
      Margaret was the third eldest daughter, and sixth child of Humphrey de Bohun, 4th Earl of Hereford, Lord Constable of England and Elizabeth of Rhuddlan. Her paternal grandparents were Humphrey de Bohun, 3rd Earl of Hereford and Maud de Fiennes aand on her mother's side, her grandparents were King Edward I of England and Eleanor of Castile. She was born on 3 April 1311 at Caldecote, Northampton. Margaret was left an orphan shortly before her tenth birthday. On 16 March 1321 at The Battle of Boroughbridge, her father was brutally murdered in an ambush by the Welsh. Her mother had died five years previously in childbirth. She, along with her siblings, received a classical education under a Sicilian Greek, Master Diogenes. As a result, Margaret became a life-long scholar, and avid book collector. At the age of fourteen, on 11 August 1325 she married Hugh Courtenay, 2nd Earl of Devon (12 July 1303- 2 May 1377). She had been betrothed to him since 27 September 1314. He was the son of Hugh Courtenay, 1st Earl of Devon and Agnes St.John. Part of her dowry was the manor of Powderham, near Exeter. Margaret acceded to the title of 2nd Countess of Devon on 23 December 1340. Her eldest brother John de Bohun (23 November 1306-20 January 1336) succeeded as 5th Earl of Hereford in 1326,having married Alice Fitzalan of Arundel in 1325. Her elder sister Lady Eleanor de Bohun (17 October 1304-7 October 1363 married in1327 her first husband, James Butler, 1st Earl of Ormonde. They were the ancestors of Anne Boleyn. Hugh and Margaret had a total of eighteen children. More than half reached adulthood. Their notable descendants include Charles, Prince of Wales, and British Prime Minister, Sir Winston Churchill.
      List of Children:
      --Sir Hugh Courtenay KG (22 March 1327 Tiverton Castle, Devon -2 September 1349). Married 1341 Lady Elizabeth Brian. (Died 23 September 1375. Daughter of Guy Brian, Lord of Tor-Brian. Had one son, Hugh.(Born 1343).
      --Sir Edward Courtenay of Godlington.( Born 1329.Died 1372). Married 1356 Emmeline Dauney.
      --Margaret Courtenay.(1328- 2 August 1385). Married John Cobham, 3rd Lord Cobham.
      --Sir Thomas Courtenay (1331- before 1374).
      --Sir Phillip Courtenay of Powderham, Lord Deputy of Ireland. (1340- 29 July 1406). Married Anne Wake. Their son was Richard Courtenay, Bishop of Norwich.
      --Elizabeth Courtenay. (Born c.1333- 7 August 1395). Married as her first husband, John de Vere 1335-1350, and as her second husband in 1359, Sir Andrew Luttrell.
      --Catherine Courtenay.(1335-31 December 1399. Married three times: William Mohun, Thomas Engain, and Lord William Harrington
      --Joan Courtenay. (Born1337). Married John Chiverton.
      --Matilda Courtenay (Born 1339)
      --Eleanor Courtenay.
      --Guinora Courtenay (Born 1348).
      --Isabel Courtenay. (Born 1353).
      --Philippa Courtenay. (Born 1357).
      --William Courtenay, Archbishop of Canterbury (1381-1396).( Born 1342, St. Martin's, Exeter.Died 31 July 1396).
      --John Courtenay. (Born 1346)
      --Sir Peter Courtenay, Constable of Windsor.(1349-2 February 1404). Married Margaret Clyveden.
      --Sir Humphrey Courtenay.(Born c.1355)
      --Anne Courtenay (Born 1351).Died unmarried.
      Margaret died on 16 December 1391 at the age of eighty. She is buried in Exeter Cathedral.”
    Person ID I11616  Lowell&Block
    Last Modified 3 Oct 2015 

    Father Humphrey DE BOHUN, 4th Earl of Hereford and 3rd Earl of Essex,   b. Abt 1276,   d. 16 Mar 1321/2, Boroughbridge, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 46 years) 
    Mother Elizabeth, of Rhuddlan,   b. 7 Aug 1282, Rhuddlan Castle, Denbighshire, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 May 1316, Quendon, Essex, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 33 years) 
    Married 14 Nov 1302  Westminster Palace, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F4034  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Hugh DE COURTENAY, 10th Earl of Devon,   b. 12 Jul 1303, Okehampton, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 May 1377  (Age 73 years) 
    Married 11 Aug 1325 
    Children 
     1. Hugh COURTENAY, Knight,   b. 22 Mar 1327,   d. 2 Sep 1349  (Age 22 years)
     2. Margaret COURTENAY,   b. 1328,   d. 2 Aug 1385  (Age 57 years)
     3. Edward COURTENAY, Knight of Godlington,   b. 1329,   d. 1372  (Age 43 years)
     4. Thomas COURTENAY,   b. 1331,   d. Bef 1374  (Age < 42 years)
    +5. Elizabeth COURTENAY,   b. Abt 1333,   d. 7 Aug 1395, Bermondsey, Southwark, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 62 years)
     6. Katherine DE COURTENAY,   b. 1335,   d. 31 Dec 1399  (Age 64 years)
    +7. Sir Philip COURTENAY, of Powderham, Lord Deputy of Ireland,   b. 1340,   d. 29 Jul 1406  (Age 66 years)
     8. William COURTENAY, Archbishop of Canterbury,   b. 1342,   d. 31 Jul 1396  (Age 54 years)
     9. John COURTENAY,   b. 1346
     10. Guinevere or Guenora or Guinora DE COURTENAY,   b. 1348
     11. Sir Piers DE COURTENAY,   b. 1349,   d. 2 Feb 1404  (Age 55 years)
     12. Isabel DE COURTENAY,   b. 1353
     13. Humphrey DE COURTENAY,   b. Abt 1355
     14. Eleanor COURTENAY
     15. John COURTENAY
    Last Modified 15 Jan 2020 
    Family ID F4033  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 3 Apr 1311 - Caldecote, Northamptonshire, England Link to Google Earth
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