William’s parents, lady and lord Courtenay, had 13 daughters:

  • Amelia 1777-1789
  • Anne 1774-1835. Known as lady Valentia from 1793, and as lady Mountnorris from 1816.
  • Caroline 1775-1851
  • Charlotte 1764-1844
  • Eleanor 1772-1789
  • Elizabeth 1766-1815
  • Frances 1763-18. See: Isabella Courtenay and her niece.
  • Harriet 1771-1836. Known as lady Carteret from 1826.
  • Isabella 1765-1783. See: Isabella Courtenay and her niece.
  • Louisa 1781-1823
  • Lucy 1770-1821. Known as lady Lisburne from 1820.
  • Matilda 1778-1848
  • Sophia 1780-1845


  • 1763 Frances
  • 1764 Charlotte
  • 1765 Isabella
  • 1766 Elizabeth
    • 1768 William
  • 1770 Lucy
  • 1771 Harriet
  • 1772 Eleanor
  • 1774 Anne
  • 1775 Caroline
  • 1777 Amelia
  • 1778 Matilda
  • 1780 Sophia
  • 1781 Louisa


Four of the sisters became and remained widows: Caroline, Charlotte, Matilda and Sophia. Frances was also widowed but married for a second time. Three of the sisters did not marry: Amelia, Eleanor and Isabella.

CHILDREN (William’s nieces and nephews)

Nine of the ten married sisters had children – more than 50 between them. If Harriet had any children, they died before her husband’s death in 1838.

William was probably a godfather to some of these children, among them perhaps: Charles Courtenay Locke; William Courtenay Morland; Anne’s sons William Annesley and Francis John Courtenay; Elizabeth’s children Georgiana Somerset and Villiers Henry Plantagenet Somerset.

For Frances Elizabeth Honywood who married Aubone Surtees, see: Isabella Courtenay and her niece.


Their father’s will provided a maintenance allowance for each daughter until her eighteenth birthday or the day of her marriage, whichever came first. On that day she was to receive her ‘portion’: £6,000 for each daughter.

None of the sisters gained from William’s wills and only Sophia is mentioned: his English will provided for the continued payment of an annuity which she had been receiving since her husband died in 1817.

DEATHS (and wills)

Their mother lady Courtenay died in 1781, and their father lord Courtenay in 1788. Frances seems to have been alive at the time of William’s death but so far I have found no record of the date or place of her death.

  • 1783 Isabella at Grosvenor Square, London in England
  • 1789 Amelia
  • 1789 Eleanor
  • 1815 Elizabeth at Cape Town in South Africa
  • 1821 Lucy at château de l’Épine, Picardie in France
  • 1823 Louisa at Over Norton, Oxfordshire in England
  • 1835 Anne at Southampton, Hampshire in England
    • 1835 William at Place Vendôme, Paris in France
  • 1836 Harriet
  • 1844 Charlotte at Chillington, Staffordshire in England. For her will, see Charlotte Giffard.
  • 1845 Sophia at Chillington, Staffordshire in England
  • 1848 Matilda at Saint-Germain-en-Laye, Île-de-France in France
  • 1851 Caroline at Hayes, Middlesex in England
  • 18?? Frances


John Preston Neale: Ford House, 1818.,_Devonshire.jpg

John Swete recorded in his journal for 1793: “of late years it hath been alternatively inhabited, by Sir John Honeywood and Lord Charles Somerset, who married Sisters of the present Lord Courtenay.”

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