Surname Index


The Family of Fortescue


R. Pearse Chope

The Devonian Year Book. London: The London Devonian Association, (1910) illus. pp. 36-38.

Index prepared by Michael Steer

The Rt Hon The Earl Fortescue, Lord Lieutenant of Devon, was President of the London Devonian Association for 1909-10. He and his family history are eulogised in the Association's Year Book by its Editor. An introduction to the President for members was part of a tradition evident in later editions of the Year Book. In the family's mythology, the House of Fortescue is said to date from the Battle of Hastings (1066), where Richard le Fort supposedly saved the life of William the Conqueror by the shelter of his shield, and was thereafter known by the Norman-French epithet Fort-Escu ("strong shield"). His descendants took for their Latin motto: Forte scutum salus ducum - "A strong shield is the safety of leaders". The family first appears in surviving records as holding the manor of Whympston in the parish of Modbury in South Devon, part of which Ralph Fortescue granted circa 1140 to nearby Modbury Priory. Devon's Sir William Pole (d.1635) states that the manor of Whympston was granted to the family in 1209 by King John. Further grants to Modbury Priory were made by the family in the 13th century. Reference to their origin at Whympston is made on the 17th-century mural monument at Weare Giffard, one of the family's later seats. This copy of the rare and much sought-after book was produced digitally from a copy held in the University of Toronto Library collection that can be downloaded from: Google Books with a search by either author or title, and also from the Internet Archive. Google has sponsored the digitisation of books from several libraries. These books, on which copyright has expired, are available for free educational and research use, both as individual books and as full collections to aid researchers

Clinton, Baron (also Earl) 38
Deynsell, Richard 38
Ebrington, Viscount 38
Elizabeth I 38
Fort Escu, Sir Adam 37
Fortescue, Sir Adrian 37
Fortescue, Baron 38
Fortescue, Col. The Hon Charles Granville, CMG, DSO 36
Fortescue, Earl 38
Fortescue, Sir Henry Kt 37
Fortescue, Lord Chief Justice Sir Henry 37
Fortescue, Baron Hugh 38
Fortescue, Earl Hugh, KG 38
Fortescue, Colonel Earl, ADC, TD, RN Devon Yeo 36, 38
Fortescue, Sir Hugh 38
Fortescue, The Hon John William, MVO 36
Fortescue, Sir John 37-8
Fortescue, Lord Chief Justice Sir John 37-8
Fortescue, Lady Margaret 38
Fortescue, Martin 38
Fortescue, Matthew 38
Fortescue, Capt. The Hon Seymour John, RN, CMG, CVO 36
Fortescue, Ralph 37
Henry V 37
Henry VI 37
Henry VII 37
Hollenshead, Mr 37
John, King 37
Le Fort, Richard (Fort-Escu) 36-7
Moore, Rev Thomas 36
Normandy, William Duke of 36
Rolle, Countess Margaret 38
Westcote 37