Courtenay (or Courtnay), William
Courtenay (or Courtnay), William an English prelate, was born in the parish of St. Martin's, a suburb of the city of Exeter, about 1342, and was educated in his father's house until he was sent to the University of Oxford. In 1367, after having completed his collegiate course, he was elected chancellor of the university. In 1369 his friends succeeded in obtaining for him the bishopric of Iereford, and his consecration appears to have taken place March 17. He was enthroned September 5, 1370, and translated to the see of Canterbury in 1375. He labored for the improvement of the church edifices, and gave liberal sums himself for that object. He died July 31, 1396. See Hook, Lives of the Archbishops of Canterbury, 4:316 sq.