Hugh Courtenay, 18th Earl of Devon
Life and career
Lord Devon is the son of Charles Christopher Courtenay, 17th Earl of Devon (1916–1998), and Lady Devon (née Venetia Taylor). From his birth in 1942 up until he succeeded to the earldom in 1998, he was known by the courtesy title of Lord Courtenay.
The 18th Earl was educated at Winchester College and graduated with a B.A. degree from Magdalene College, Cambridge, in 1964. He obtained in 1972 the rank of Captain at the Royal Devon Yeomanry. He held the office of Deputy Lieutenant (D.L.) of Devon in 1991.
Lord Devon runs the family estate, Powderham Castle, and is an Associate of Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (A.R.I.C.S.). In 2008, the Earl of Devon had his licence to hold civil ceremonies at Powderham Castle revoked by Devon County Council, as he had refused permission to allow a civil partnership ceremony to take place there, an action the Council said was in contravention of the Equality Act 2006.
Marriage and children
On 9 September 1967, he married Dianna Frances Watherston, and they have four children:
- Lady Rebecca Eildon Courtenay (b. 1969), who is married to Jeremy Lloyd Wharton. They have 3 daughters: Alice Lucinda Wharton (b. 1998), Emilia Rose Wharton (b. 1999) and Tatiana Elizabeth Wharton (b. 2002).
- Lady Eleonora Venetia Courtenay (b. 1971), who is married to Edward Robert Hamilton Clarkson.
- Lady Camilla Mary Courtenay (b. 1974).
- Charles Peregrine Courtenay, Lord Courtenay (b. 1975), who is married to Allison Joy, Lady Courtenay, (A.J.) née Langer, with 2 children: a daughter, The Hon. Joscelyn Skye Courtenay (b. 31 January 2007), and a son, The Hon. Jack Haydon Courtenay. (b. 16 August 2009)
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