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Thomas Courtenay (British politician)

Thomas Peregrine Courtenay PC (31 May 1782 – 8 July 1841) was a British politician and writer. He served as Vice-President of the Board of Trade under the Duke of Wellington between 1828 and 1830.

Thomas Courtenay

Vice-President of the Board of Trade
In office
30 May 1828 – 15 November 1830
MonarchGeorge IV
William IV
Prime MinisterThe Duke of Wellington
Preceded byThomas Frankland Lewis
Succeeded byCharles Poulett Thomson
Personal details
Born31 May 1782 (1782-05-31)
Died8 July 1841 (1841-07-09) (aged 59)
Spouse(s)Anne Wynell-Mayow
(d. 1860)



Courtenay was the second son of the Right Reverend Henry Reginald Courtenay (d.1803), Bishop of Exeter, and his wife Lady Elizabeth Howard, daughter of Thomas Howard, 2nd Earl of Effingham. His paternal grandmother Lady Catherine was the daughter of Allen Bathurst, 1st Earl Bathurst. His elder brother was William Courtenay, 10th Earl of Devon (1777–1859).[1]

Political careerEdit

Courtenay sat as Member of Parliament for Totnes from 1811 to 1832[2] and served under the Duke of Wellington as Vice-President of the Board of Trade from 1828 to 1830. In 1828 he was sworn of the Privy Council.


Courtenay was also a writer and published among other works Memoirs of the Life, Works and Correspondence of Sir William Temple, Bart (London, 1836) and Commentaries on the historical plays of Shakespeare.[3]


Courtenay married Anne, daughter of Mayow Wynell-Mayow, in 1805. They had eight sons and five daughters. Three of their sons gained particular distinction. Their second son the Rt.Rev. Reginald Courtenay (1813–1906) was Bishop of Kingston, Jamaica, between 1856 and 1879. Their sixth son Richard William Courtenay (1820–1904) was a Vice-Admiral in the Royal Navy. Their seventh son Henry Reginald Courtenay (1823–1911) was a Major-General in the Royal Artillery. Courtenay drowned while sea bathing at Torquay.[4] in July 1841, aged 59. His wife survived him by nineteen years and died in December 1860.[5]


  1. ^ Vivian, Lt.Col. J.L., (Ed.) The Visitations of the County of Devon: Comprising the Heralds' Visitations of 1531, 1564 & 1620, Exeter, 1895, pp.249-50, pedigree of Courtenay
  2. ^ House of Commons: Tipperary South to Tyrone West
  3. ^ Thomas Peregrine Courtenay
  4. ^ [1] History of Parliament Online article by Terry Jenkins.
  5. ^ Rt. Hon. Thomas Peregrine Courtenay
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
William Adams
Benjamin Hall
Member of Parliament for Totnes
With: Benjamin Hall 1811–1812
Ayshford Wise 1812–1818
William Holmes 1818–1820
John Bent 1820–1826
Viscount Barnard 1826–1830
Charles Barry Baldwin 1830–1832
Succeeded by
James Cornish
Jasper Parrott
Political offices
Preceded by
Thomas Frankland Lewis
Vice-President of the Board of Trade
Succeeded by
Charles Poulett Thomson