Saturday, August 22, 2015

18th Earl of Devon 1942-2015

 The 18th Earl of Devon, a descendant of the victors of Agincourt who fought to preserve his ancestral seat, Powderham Castle, died 18 August, 2015. He was 73.

Hugh Rupert Courtenay, the heir male of the ancient Frankish house of Courtenay, was born 5 May, 1942, son of the 17th Earl of Devon (1916-98), by his wife the former Sybil Venetia Taylor (former wife of the earl's cousin, the 6th Earl of Cottenham); married 9 September, 1967, Diana Frances Watherston, eldest daughter of Jack Watherston, by whom he had issue, a son and three daughters. He succeeded his father in the family honours, 19 Nov, 1998; he served as a deputy lieutenant for the county of Devon and was later Vice Lord Lieutenant. He is succeeded by his only son, Charles Peregrine Courtenay, styled Lord Courtenay (born 14 Aug 1975), who is married to the American actress, Allison Langer, by whom he has issue.


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