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William Reginald Courtenay

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Statue in Northernhay Gardens, Exeter. Image taken 2021.
Statue in Northernhay Gardens, Exeter. Detail. Image taken 2021.
Statue in Northernhay Gardens, Exeter. Detail. Image taken 2021.

William Reginald Courtenay (1807-1888) 11th Earl of Devon, styled Lord Courtenay between 1835 and 1859, was a British politician who served as Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster from 1866 to 1867 and as President of the Poor Law Board from 1867 to 1868.

In 1841 Devon was elected to Parliament for South Devon as a Tory. However, when the Tories split over the Corn Laws in 1846, he joined the Peelites. In 1849 Devon was appointed poor-law inspector and retired from the House of Commons. He then served as secretary to the Poor Law Board from 1850 to 1859.

His statue stands in Northernhay Gardens and was previously in Bedford Circus, Exeter

He lived at Powderham Castle

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