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Hugh le Despenser
(-Between 1238/1238)
Philip Basset
Hawise de Lovaine
Hugh le Despenser 1st Baron le Despenser
(Bef 1223-1265)
Aline Basset
(Between 1242/1250-Bef 1281)
Eleanor le Despenser


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1. Hugh de Courtenay

Eleanor le Despenser

  • Marriage (1): Hugh de Courtenay 1
  • Died: 30 Sep 1328 1
  • Buried: Cowick Priory, Exeter, Devon, EX4, GB 1

  General Notes:

ELEANOR le Despencer (-30 Sep 1328, bur Cowick near Exeter). The Fundationis et Fundatorum Historia of Ford Abbey records that "Hugonem de Courtnay primum" married "Elianoram filiam…domini Hugonis le Despencer primi, patris etiam domini Hugonis le Despencer…postea comitis Winton". The Fundationis et Fundatorum Historia of Ford Abbey records the death "1328 II Kal Oct" of "Hugonem de Courtnay primum…[vidua] domina Alianora" and her burial "prope maritum…apud Cowick".

m Sir HUGH de Courtenay of Okehampton, son of JOHN de Courtenay & his wife Isabel de Vere of the Earls of Oxford (-Colecombe 28 Feb 1292, bur Cowick near Exeter). 1

  Noted events in her life were:

• Inquisition: Writ of certiorari, 16 May 1292. 2 32. HUGH DE CURTENEY alias DE CURTENY, DE CORTENAY.

Writ to the escheator to extend the knight's fees and advowsons which were of the said Hugh, and cause her reasonable dower to be assigned to Eleanor late his wife, 16 May, 20 Edw. I.

Schedule of manors assigned to the abovesaid Eleanor on 22 May, 20 Edw. I.

BUCKINGHAM. Wottesdon.

Hildesdon. DORSET. Iwern. SOMERSET. Hemyngton. DEVON. Musebir[y].



Which manors &c. render 24s. 11 1/2d. in excess of her dower.

Writ of certiorari to enquire concerning the lands &c. which the said Hugh held beyond the 400 marks of land which the king lately committed in wardship to William de Fenes until the lawful age of the heir, and beyond the dower of his wife, 6 June, 20 Edw. I.

Writ to the sheriff of Devon to take into the king's hand a third part of four mills in Exeter, of which Hugh de Curtenay was seized, which by the neglect of the escheator has not yet been done, excepting the third part of the same which is assigned to the abovesaid Eleanor in dower, and to enquire the value, and who has received the issues from the death of the said Hugh, 17 Feb. 23 Edw. I.

[DEVON.] Inq. made at Exebrugg' on Thursday the octave of St. Matthias the Apostle, 23 Edw. I.

Couwykestrete. A third part of two water-mills, excepting a third part thereof, worth 50s. 4 1/2d. yearly. Henry de Ralegh, knight, has received the issues from the said Hugh's death until Sunday after the above feast.

DEVON. Extent. Monday before St. Gregory the Pope, 23 Edw. I.

Exeter. A third part of two water-mills and a fulling mill, excepting a third part thereof assigned to the said Eleanor in dower, worth 51s. 8 3/4d. yearly. Henry de Raleghe has received all the issues since the said Hugh's death and for a long time before because the said Hugh gave the same to him for life.

E. Inq. p.m. File I. No. 22.

Eleanor married Hugh de Courtenay, son of John de Courtenay and Isabel de Vere.1 (Hugh de Courtenay was born about 1250,3 died on 28 Feb 1292 in Colcombe Castle, Colyton, Devon, EX24, GB 1 and was buried in Cowick Priory, Exeter, Devon, EX4, GB 1.)


1 Charles Cawley, <i>Medieval Lands</i>.

2 J E E S Sharp and A E Stamp, <i>Calendar of Inquisitions Post Mortem </i> (London: n.p., n.d.), 3: 15-30.

3 J E E S Sharp and A E Stamp, <i>Calendar of Inquisitions Post Mortem </i> (London: n.p., n.d.), 2 Edward I: 50-58.

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