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    Co21 Hugh de Courtenay

    Hugh de Courtenay 1st/9th Earl of Devon was the son of Sir Hugh de Courtenay Co22, Lord of Okehampton d 28.02.1291 and Alianora Despencer De22 d 11.10.1328, dau of Hugh Despencer (De23)
     
    Born:  in Okehampton
    Married:  1292 Agnes St. John (St21) dau of Sir John de St. John of Basing
    Died: 23 Dec. 1340 (?2 May 1377) in Okehampton

    Hugh de Courtenay's Coat of Arms, Herald's Roll 7
    Or three torteaux a label azure 
    Hugh de Courtenay and Agnes St. John had issue:

    (Co20-1) John Courtenay, Abbot of Tavistock 
    (Co20) Hugh de Courtenay, 2nd/10th Earl of Devon (b 12.07.1303, d 02.05.1377) 
     m. (11.08.1325) Margaret de Bohun (d 16.12.1391, dau of Humphrey de Bohun, 4th Earl of Hereford, Earl of Essex) 
      (Co20-3) Robert Courtenay of Moreton (d young) 
      (Co20-4) Thomas Courtenay of Southpole, Woodheish, etc (d c1363) 
    (Co20-5) Eleanor Courtenay 
      m. Henry de Grey, 1st Lord of Codnor (d 1308) 
      (Co20-6) Elizabeth Courtenay 
      m. Lord Lisle 
     

     

    Earls of Devon, 1st grant (1141) 
    Baldwin de Redvers (Reviers), 1. Earl of Devon (um 1095-1155) 
    Richard de Redvers, 2nd Earl of Devon († 1162) 
    Baldwin de Redvers, 3rd Earl of Devon († 1188) 
    Richard de Redvers, 4th Earl of Devon († um 1193), Brother 
    William de Redvers, 5th Earl of Devon († 1217), uncle 
    Baldwin de Redvers, 6th Earl of Devon (1217-1245), grandson 
    Baldwin de Redvers, 7th Earl of Devon (1236-1262) 
    Isabel de Redvers, 8th Countess of Devon (1237-1293), Sister 
    Hugh de Courtenay, 9. Earl of Devon (1276-1340) (cousin; declared Earl in 1335) 
    Hugh de Courtenay, 10. Earl of Devon (1303-1377)
    (Hugh Courtenay (1303 – 1377) was the 10th Earl of Devon in England. Hugh married Margaret, daughter of Humphrey de Bohun, Earl of Hereford and of Essex, and maternal grandaughter of King Edward I of England. They had a large family which included:
    Sir Hugh, Thomas, 
    Edward of Godlington, 
    William the Archbishop of Canterbury, 
    John, Sir Philip of Powderham Castle, 
    Humphrey and 
    Sir Peter. Second son Edward married Emeline Downey who bore Sir Hugh Courtenay who was killed at Tewkesbury in the Wars of the Roses.) 
    Edward de Courtenay, 11. Earl of Devon (1357-1419), grandson 
    Hugh de Courtenay, 12. Earl of Devon (1389-1422) 
    Thomas de Courtenay, 13. Earl of Devon (1414-1458) 
    Thomas Courtenay, 14. Earl of Devon (1432-1461) (attainted 1461) 
    John Courtenay, 15. Earl of Devon (1435-1471) (restored 1470; extinct 1471), Brother 
    Earl of Devon, 2nd grant (1469) Humphrey Stafford, 1st Earl of Devon (1439-1469) (granted May 1469; extinct August 1469) 
    Earl of Devon, 3rd grant (1485) Edward Courtenay, 1st Earl of Devon († 1509) (extinct with his death by his son's beheading; restored 1512 for his grandson) 
    male heir of John Courtenay; attainted 1484; restored, lost again in 1485.
    Earls of Devon, 4th grant (1511)
    William Courtenay, 1st Earl of Devon (1475-1511) (attainted 1504; restored 1511; neue Verleihung zwei Tage später; die the folowing month without investiture, but was buried as Earl.) Son of Edward. 
    Henry Courtenay, 1. Marquess of Exeter, 2. Earl of Devon (1498-1539) (heir of the 3rd and 4th grant after 1512; attainted 1538/9) Son of William. 

    Earls of Devon, 5th grant (1553) 
    Edward Courtenay, 1st Earl of Devon (1527-1556) (1553 restored; in abeyance since 1556) Son of Henry. 

    Earls de jure William Courtenay, 2nd Earl of Devon (1529-1557), remote relative of Edward, 
    William Courtenay, 3rd Earl of Devon (1553-1630) 
    Francis Courtenay, 4th Earl of Devon (1576-1638) 
    Sir William Courtenay, 5th Earl of Devon, 1st Baronet (1628-1702) (granted 1644) 
    Sir William Courtenay, 6th Earl of Devon, 2nd Baronet (1675-1735) his grandson 
    William Courtenay, 7th Earl of Devon, 1st Viscount Courtenay (11th February 1709/1710 - 16th Mai 1762) (1762 Viscount Courtenay ernannt) 
    William Courtenay, 8th Earl of Devon, 2nd Viscount Courtenay (30th October 1742- 14th October, 1788) 
    William Courtenay, 9th Earl of Devon, 3rd Viscount Courtenay (1768-1835) (1831 retroactive grant) 
     

    restored (1831) William Courtenay, 9th Earl of Devon (1768-1835) 
    William Courtenay, 10th Earl of Devon (1777-1859), 
    William Reginald Courtenay, 11th Earl of Devon (1807-1888) 
    Edward Baldwin Courtenay, 12th Earl of Devon (1836-1891) 
    Henry Hugh Courtenay, 13th Earl of Devon (1811-1904), uncle 
    Charles Pepys Courtenay, 14th Earl of Devon (1870-1927), grandson 
    Henry Hugh Courtenay, 15th Earl of Devon (1872-1935), Brother 
    Frederick Leslie Courtenay, 16th Earl of Devon (1875-1935), Brother 
    Charles Christopher Courtenay, 17. Earl of Devon (1916-1998) 
    Hugh Rupert Courtenay, 18. Earl of Devon (* 1942) 
     

    Charles Peregrine Courtenay, Lord Courtenay (* 1975) 
     

    Earl of Devonshire While the title was considered in abeyance there were two grants to the Family Blount and Cavendish, see Charles Blount, 1st Earl of Devonshire (1603-1606) and Duke of Devonshire.

    Source: http://thepeerage.com/pd45.htm#i3943
    other data same source: Rober de courtnay b.b. 1198 in Okehampton
     

    'Courtenay2'Index links to: Lead / Letter
    Families covered: Courtenay of Devon, Courtenay of Powderham Castle



    Pedigree shown at http://www.stirnet.com/HTML/genie/british/cc4aq/courtenay2.htm#linklo
    Dta from http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Earl_of_Devon#Earls_of_Devon.2C_1._Verleihung_.281141.29
    as follows

      Die alte Grafschaft Der erste Earl of Devon war Baldwin de Reviers (Redvers, Revieres), Sohn von Richard de Reviers, Gründer von Twynham Abbey. Die Chronik der Abtei nennen seinen Vater ebenfalls Earl, ohne dass es dazu einen zeitgenössischen Beleg gibt, auch nicht in der Charta der Abtei, die erhalten geblieben ist. Baldwin de Redvers war ein mächtiger Adliger in Devon und auf der Isle of Wight, und unter den ersten, die sich gegen König Stephan erhoben. Er bemächtigte sich Exeters, trat von Carisbrooke aus als Pirat auf, und wurde aus England nach Anjou vertrieben, wo er sich der Kaiserin Mathilde anschloss. Sie machte ihn zum Earl of Devon, nachdem sie selbst in England an die Macht gekommen war, also vermutlich zu Beginn des Jahres 1141. Mit William de Reviers, dem 5. Earl (und Sohn des 1. Earl), begannen die Schwierigkeiten mit der Nachfolge. Sein Sohn Baldwin starb 16-jährig am 1. September 1216, war aber bereits verheiratet, sein Frau war mit dem 6. Earl schwanger. König Johann Ohneland zwang sie, Falkes de Breauté zu heiraten. 1224, nach dem Fall von Bedford Castle, wurde sie geschieden, so als habe die Ehe niemals wirklich bestanden; in wird verschiedenen Berichten wird sie fälschlicherweise als Countess of Devon geführt. Mary, die jüngste Tochter des 5. Earl, heiratete Peter de Preaux und dann Robert de Courtney. Der 7. Earl starb 1262 ohne Nachkommen; seine Schwester war die Witwe von William de Forz, 4. Earl of Albemarle und wurde nun Countess of Devon aus eigenem Recht. Ihre Kinder starben vor ihr, Enkel hatte sie nicht. Ihr Besitz gingen an Hugh de Courtney, Urenkel von Mary und Robert de Courtney. Er wurde vom Parlament zum Lord Courtney ernannt und 1335 zum 9. Earl. Drei der acht Söhne des 10. Earl hatten Nachkommen, ein weiterer, William Courtenay, war Erzbischof von Canterbury und Lordkanzler. Sir Hugh de Courtenay (1327-1349) war eines der Gründungsmitglieder des Hosenbandordens (Order of the Garter), er und sein einziger Sohn starben vor dem Earl. Sir Edward de Courtenay, der dritte Sohn, starb ebenfalls früh, hinterließ aber zwei Söhne, Edward, den 11. Earl, und Hugh. Ein weiterer Sohn war Philip de Courtenay, der von seinem Vater Powderham vererbt bekam, und ebenfalls Nachkommen hatte. Der 14. Earl kämpfte in der Schlacht von Towton auf der Seite des Hauses Lancaster, bei den Verlierern. Er wurde gefangen genommen, verurteilt und geköpft. Die Sieger machten nun Humphrey Stafford, einen entfernten Verwandten des Earl of Stafford, zu ihrem Vertreter im West Country. Am 17. Mai 1469 wurde er zum Earl of Devon ernannt – für drei Monate. Er wurde in den Kampf gegen Robin of Redesdale geschickt, einen von Warwicks Kommandeuren, und ebenfalls gefangen genommen und in Bridgewater am 17. August 1469 hingerichtet. Er hatte keine Kinder, der Titel erlosch. Nach Warwicks Sieg wurde der Titel an John Courtenay gegeben, einen Bruder des 14. Earl. Als Eduard IV. im Jahr darauf wieder die Oberhand gewann, wurde diese Verleihung rückgängig gemacht. Der 15. Earl starb auf der Seite der Verlierer der Schlacht von Tewkesbury einige Wochen später.

      Tudor era Earls: Sir Edward Courtenay, Großneffe des 11. Earls stand in der Schlacht von Bosworth auf der Seite der Sieger, und wurde im gleichen Jahr noch zum Earl of Devon ernannt, dann vom Parlament Richards III. angeklagt, 1485 aber wieder in die vorherigen Ehren eingesetzt – wobei nicht klar ist, welche diese Ehren waren, jedoch anzunehmen ist, dass der Titel des Earl of Devon darunter war. Er starb 1509. William Courtenay, sein einziger Sohn, heiratete um 1495 Catherine von York, die jüngere Tochter Eduards IV., was ihm das Misstrauen König Heinrichs VII. einbrachte, der ihn 1503 einsperrte und 1504 (ohne Beweis) wegen Komplizenschaft mit Edmund de la Pole, 3. Herzog von Suffolk verurteilte. Er bekam somit nicht den Titel seines Vaters, wurde aber unter König Heinrich VIII. teilweise begnadigt. Die Rückgabe von Titel und Besitz war noch nicht vollzogen, als er im Juni 1511 plötzlich verstarb. Henry Courtenay, sein einziger überlebender Sohn, erbte die Grafschaft seines Vaters. 1512 wurde die Verurteilung seines Vaters rückgängig gemacht, so dass er der Erbe seines Großvaters wurde. 1525 wurde er Marquess of Exeter. 1538 wurde er wegen Verschwörung mit den Poles und den Nevilles gegen Thomas Cromwell verurteilt hingerichtet, womit auch alle Titel verfielen. Edward Courtenay, sein einziger überlebender Sohn, saß 15 Jahre im Tower of London, von der Verhaftung seines Vaters bis zum Regierungsantritt der Königin Maria I. 1553: nun wurde er freigelassen und zum Earl of Devon ernannt (mit dem Erbrecht für seine männlichen Verwandten, siehe oben). Er wurde als Katholik der Königin zum Ehemann vorgeschlagen, von ihr aber abgelehnt (sie heiratete dann den spanischen Prinzen Philipp). Edward wurde in den Aufstand des Thomas Wyatt verwickelt und daher erneut in den Tower gesperrt. 1555 durfte er nach Italien ausreisen, er starb im Jahr (1556) darauf in Padua. Mit seinem Tod, unverheiratet und ohne Nachkommen, war die männliche Linie von Sir Edward de Courtenay erloschen und damit der Grafentitel – so wurde angenommen.

      Interregnum Da es keinen Earl of Devon mehr gab, ernannte König Jakob I. 1603 Charles Blount, 8. Baron Mountjoy, dessen Tante die Mutter des letzten Earls war, zum neuen Earl of Devon. Auch er starb drei Jahre später ohne legitime Erben, woraufhin der König den Titel an William Cavendish, 1. Baron Cavendish verlieh, oder genauer: verkaufte. In der Zwischenzeit hatten die Erben von Sir Philip de Courtenay of Powderham unauffällig als Landadlige unter den Tudors gelebt. Sie wurden 1645, während des Englischen Bürgerkriegs zu Baronets ernannt, und erhielten 1762 den Titel eines Viscount Courtenay of Powderham, zehn Tage vor dem Tod des ersten Viscount. 1831 lebte William Courtenay, der 3. Viscount, auf der Flucht von einer Anklage in Paris. Sollte er ohne legitime Nachkommen sterben, wäre der Titel Viscount erloschen, die Baronie an einen anderen William Courtenay gegangen, der Hilfsschreiber beim Parlament war. Dieser Parlamentsangestellte konnte jedoch das House of Lords davon überzeugen, dass bei der letzten Verleihung der Begriff "heir male" als "heir male collateral" auszulegen sei, der in Paris lebende Viscount somit der 9. Earl of Devon und dessen Ahnen de jure Earls of Devon bis zurück auf 1556 seien. William Courtenay, der Schreiber, folgte dann 1835 seinem Verwandten als 10. Earl, von ihm stammen die späteren Earls von Devon ab. (John Nichols Thom beanspruchte 1832 "Sir William Courtenay" zu sein und damit Rechte auf die Grafschaft zu haben; er organisierte 1838 einen Bauernaufstand außerhalb Canterburys, bei dessen Unterdrückung er erschossen wurde). Die Unzulänglichkeit, seit 1831 zwei Earls zum gleichen County zu haben, wurde dadurch geregelt, dass die Cavendish-Earls, die 1694 zu Herzögen erhoben worden waren, sich Herzog von Devonshire nannten, was nun rückwirkend auch auf die früheren Earls der Linie angewandt wurde: es ist üblich geworden, Charles Blount, den Earl von 1603-1606, ebenfalls als Earl of Devonshire zu bezeichnen.



    Powderham Castle
    Medieval History 1066 – 1485

    The Manor of Powderham was mentioned in the Domesday Book. It came into the Courtenay family in the dowry of Margaret de Bohun on her marriage to Hugh de Courtenay, son of the first Courtenay Earl of Devon in 1325. The Courtenays had come from France in the reign of Henry II and had acquired considerable lands and power in the South West by judicious marriages to wealthy heiresses. They had castles at Okehampton, Plympton and Colcolme near Colyton. Margaret bore her lord eight sons and nine daughters, and from this marriage descends all the subsequent Courtenay Earls of Devon. She outlived him for a number of years, and left Powderham to her sixth son, Philip, in her Will. Sir Philip began building the Castle as we see it today in 1392. The building had the typical medieval long hall layout with six tall towers, only one of which remains today. His elder son Richard, who became Bishop of Norwich, and was Henry V’s ambassador to France on his claiming the French throne, succeeded Sir Philip. He died at the siege of Harfleur 1415, and was succeeded by his nephew, another Sir Philip, who added the ‘Grange’ accommodation for important visitors, the site of the current chapel.

    During the early 15th Century the senior branch of the Courtenay family were at feud with the family of Bonville for control of the West Country, but it appears that Sir Philip Courtenay of Powderham was friendly with Sir William Bonville of Shute (since his son William married Margaret Bonville) and this brought upon him the wrath of Thomas Courtenay, 5th Earl, who laid siege to Powderham Castle for seven weeks in 1455 but failed to gain possession.

    During the Wars of the Roses the senior branches of the Courtenay family adhered to the House of Lancaster – probably because the Bonvilles were on the other side - but there is evidence that Sir Philip Courtenay of Powderham was also on the side of the House of York. Thomas Courtenay, 6th Earl of Devon, was captured, attainted (i.e. his titles forfeited) and beheaded after the battle of Towton near York in 1461. His younger brother, Sir Henry of Topsham, regained some of the estates, but was debarred from inheriting the title due to the attainder, and was himself beheaded for treason in 1467; and the youngest brother, John, who was restored to the Earldom in 1470, was killed at the battle of Tewkesbury in 1471. This was the end of the senior line.

    Tudor times 1485 – 1603

    The third Earl had had a younger brother, Sir Hugh of Haccombe, who by his third wife had a son Sir Hugh of Boconnock, who also died of wounds following the Battle of Tewkesbury. His son, Edward, together with his son, William, fought on the side of Henry Tudor at the Battle of Bosworth in 1485, and upon Henry’s being crowned King Henry VII he recreated the Earldom of Devon (or Devonshire) in favour of Sir Edward Courtenay. King Henry married Elizabeth of York, the eldest daughter of Edward IV, and William Courtenay married her younger sister Katherine. This marriage brought upon him the jealousy of the King, and he was attainted in 1504 and imprisoned in the Tower of London. Upon the accession of Henry VIII in 1509 he was released, but his father dying that year, he was debarred from inheriting the Earldom due to his own attainder, which had not been reversed. King Henry VIII created him Earl of Devon in 1511, but he died before his investiture could be completed; nevertheless he was buried “with the honours of an Earl”. Princess Katherine outlived him by a number of years, living at Tiverton Castle. They had a son, Henry, who succeeded as Earl of Devon and by his second wife had a son, Edward. King Henry named Henry Courtenay as his successor when he went to the Field of the Cloth of Gold, having as yet no heirs of his body, and created him Marquess of Exeter. Later they quarrelled and Henry Courtenay was accused of treasonable correspondence with his cousin Cardinal Pole, imprisoned in the Tower of London with his son, and attainted and beheaded in 1538. His son Edward, only 12 years old at the time, remained in the Tower until the accession of Queen Mary in 1553. He carried the Sword of State at her coronation in July, and was created by her Earl of Devon in September of that year, but appears to have been used as a pawn by the various factions of that time, and was again accused of treasonable correspondence, imprisoned again and finally exiled; he died in Padua, Italy in 1556 aged 30.

    Meanwhile at Powderham the succession had passed peacefully through several generations, and upon the death of Edward was held by Sir William Courtenay, the great-great-great-grandson of the second Sir Philip. Because of the wide remainder of the letters patent granting the Earldom to Edward Courtenay in 1553, the Courtenays of Powderham were entitled to inherit the title, but either this was not realised at the time, or else they decided it would be more prudent to lie low. Sir William was killed at the siege of St. Quintin in 1557, leaving a son aged only 4 years old.

    The English Civil War: the siege of Powderham 1645 - 1646

    In the 1640’s Exeter was the South of England’s second city after Bristol, and therefore of strategic importance. Exeter, and Powderham Castle, suffered terrible losses and damage in the Civil War (1642-6) between Charles I and Parliament. Within the City loyalties were divided (although Queen Henrietta Maria gave birth to her youngest daughter, Henrietta, there before retreating to France), but Powderham Castle remained a Royalist outpost faithful to King Charles.

    The Roundhead (pro-Parliament) faction triumphed at first in Exeter, but the Royalists held on at Powderham Castle. The Roundheads repaired the City walls; gun batteries were set up and ditches deepened. Nevertheless the Royalist armies eventually recaptured the city in 1643 and held it until early in 1646.

    In 1645 there was a major Parliamentarian assault on Powderham from across the River Exe. This was unsuccessful; but the Roundheads withdrew, gathered reinforcements and made a successful assault in January 1646.

    A triumphant Parliamentary force led by Sir Thomas Fairfax finally recaptured Exeter in 1646 as the Royalists holding the City had lost public support, illness was rife and morale low, forcing them to surrender. For Exeter, and for Powderham, the three years of bitter conflict was over.

    There were no family members at the Castle during the siege, but a Royalist garrison. The head of the family, Sir William Courtenay, was fighting on the Royalist side at the Battle of Bridgewater in Somerset, where he received bullet wounds to both legs. Powderham had been fairly badly damaged during the two sieges, and although it was not completely abandoned the family did not live there again during Sir William’s lifetime. He had married Margaret Waller, heiress of Forde House in Newton Abbot. Margaret was the daughter of Sir William Waller, a Parliamentary general, and his wife Jane Reynell. Margaret had been brought up by her grandmother, Lucy, Lady Reynell since her mother died very shortly after she was born. It is said that William and Margaret were married so young that “they could not make thirty between them at the birth of their first child”. They had a large number of children! It appears that the family lived at Forde House until Sir William’s death in 1702 when his grandson, another William, inherited Powderham and his other properties.

    Georgian Period 1702 – 1837

    Sir William Courtenay and his wife, Lady Anne Bertie, decided to restore Powderham Castle. They were probably responsible for transforming the long Great Hall into different areas, the Staircase Hall and the Marble Hall with two floors above it. Their son, Sir William, later the 1st Viscount Courtenay, inherited in 1735 and continued the improvements at Powderham. He was responsible for the wonderful rococo plasterwork on the hall and staircase walls, and it is his coat of arms over the doorway into the Marble Hall. He was one of the founding members of the Devon and Exeter Hospital in 1740. He was created Viscount Courtenay of Powderham in 1762 only ten days before his death. His son, the second Viscount continued with the improvements and additions at Powderham. He married Frances Clack in 1762 and had 14 children – 13 daughters and one son. He converted the chapel into a library and built another chapel near the northwest tower. He designed the Belvedere Tower in 1771. It was built using locally made bricks but timber from the New World.

    In 1788 his only son, another William, became the third Viscount Courtenay. He was responsible for the addition of the Music Room, designed by the famous architect James Wyatt, a design that included a carpet made in the newly formed Axminster Carpet Company. It was the biggest carpet they ever made, until the Prince Regent found out about it and insisted upon having a bigger one!

    The Third Viscount led a rather flamboyant lifestyle. He was a homosexual, and was forced to live abroad in consequence, first of all in the United States where he owned a property on the Hudson River in New York State, and later in Paris where he died in 1835. In 1831 he successfully applied to have the title of Earl of Devon, created in 1553, restored to the Courtenay family and became the 9th Earl. Despite having lived abroad for so long, he was dearly loved by his tenants who insisted that he be buried in stately fashion back at Powderham.

    Victorian Times – The Age of Reform 1830’s – 1900
    The Gothic Revival – Charles Fowler

    In 1835 William Courtenay, son of the Bishop of Exeter who was himself the son of the younger brother of the First Viscount, inherited the title as the 10th Earl of Devon from his cousin the third Viscount Courtenay/9th Earl.of Devon. He lost no time in engaging the architect Charles Fowler to make Powderham “of a character consistent with an ancient castle”. This he did very successfully, adding the State Dining Room, and at the same time changing the main entrance from the eastern side to the western, creating the viaduct and courtyard with the medieval style gatehouse.

    A raised garden was constructed on the eastern side facing the River Exe.  The 10th Earl died in 1859 and the renovations which he had begun were completed by his son, William Reginald, 11th Earl, who put the linenfold panelling into the State Dining Room with the heraldic shields showing the descent of the French and English branches of the Courtenay family, and the families into which they married.  During these renovations the chapel built by the 2nd Viscount was demolished, and in 1861 the medieval Grange was converted into a family chapel.

    The 11th Earl was a widower for more than twenty years before his death in 1888, when he was succeeded by his only surviving son, Baldwin, who, although he never married, is believed to have had several children.  He died in 1891, and was succeeded by his uncle, Henry Hugh, who was Rector of Powderham, as the 13th Earl.  The 13th Earl was eighty years old when he succeeded his nephew, and decided to continue to live in the Rectory (which he had built) and let the Castle to a family called Bradshaw.  It was at this time that further alterations were made to the kitchens.

    Isambard Kingdom Brunel and Powderham Castle

    In 1844 The South Devon Atmospheric Board Gauge Railway was constructed through Powderham Park on its way from Exeter to Dawlish. Isambard Kingdom Brunel, the famous Victorian designer, was the Chief Engineer and a business colleague of Lord Courtenay.

    Lord Courtenay, a member of the Atmospheric Railway Board, together with Isambard Kingdom Brunel had the foresight to select the flat estuary route through Devon for the railway, rather than the traditional route over the hills of Dartmoor. Brunel was also responsible for designing the road, which still runs from Powderham village to Starcross on the eastern side of Powderham deer park. The very first passengers were taken from Exeter to Dawlish on the Whit weekend of May 1846. In 1876 The South Devon Railway became part of The Great Western Railway and in 1892 the board gauge line was changed to the standard gauge used today.
     

    The Twentieth Century 1901-1999

    Henry Hugh, 13th Earl, lived to be 92 and outlived his elder son by some six years. His eldest grandson, Charles Pepys Courtenay, 14th Earl, succeeded him in 1904. Powderham for the next thirty years was a bachelor household, as neither the 14th Earl, nor his younger brother Henry Hugh, who succeeded him as 15th Earl in 1927, ever married. The 15th Earl (who had been curate to his grandfather at Powderham and was Rector there until he succeeded to the Earldom) died in February 1935. His brother, the youngest of the three grandsons of the 13th Earl, succeeded to the Earldom, but only outlived his brother by four months, dying in June 1935 when he was succeeded by his only surviving son, Christopher, the 17th Earl, who was then aged 18.

    In July 1939 the 17th Earl, shortly after his 23rd birthday, married Venetia, Countess of Cottenham, the former wife of his second cousin. He also acquired two stepdaughters, Ladies Rose and Paulina Pepys. He was called up in September at the outbreak of the Second World War and served throughout in the Coldstream Guards, leaving his wife to run the Castle and the estate, which, however, had been much diminished by reason of the deaths of four Earls and the consequent death duties that had to be paid. His daughter Katherine was born in 1940 and his son, Hugh, the present Earl of Devon, in 1942.

    Between the two world wars agriculture, which provided the income for the estate, was in the doldrums and after the war several attempts were made to make Powderham and the estate pay. The Countess of Devon opened a domestic science school in the Castle, and a large house in Kenton called Court Hall was run for a while as a hotel. Neither of these ventures was successful in the long term. The 17th Earl took charge of the Home Farm (where the Country Store now is) and built up a herd of South Devon cattle. This was more successful, in that the cattle won many prizes, but ultimately it did not pay and the herd was dispersed.

    The 17th Earl died in 1998, aged 82 and having been Earl of Devon for sixty-three years. He was succeeded by his only son, the present Earl, who had been managing the estate for some years and whose wife, Diana, had borne him three daughters, Rebecca, Eleonora (Nell) and Camilla, and a son Charles.

    All four are now married and there are seven grandchildren.
     
     

    Powderham, externally, is very much as it was when Fowler’s renovations were completed in the 19th Century, save that the 17th Earl and his wife made a new entrance on the North side in 1959 when the Castle was first opened to the public and they constructed a private flat for themselves on the first floor. There have also been some alterations in one corner of the courtyard, where the private entrance now is. Internally, the present Earl and Countess have made several alterations to their private quarters, which have made the house much more manageable, and is in a long tradition of alterations made to the house to suit the way of life of those who were living there.