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Thomas Basset

Male - Bef 1220


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  • Name Thomas Basset 
    Born of Headington, Oxfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Male 
    Died Bef 1 May 1220  [3, 4, 5, 6
    Person ID I6368  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, and others | Ancestor of JTS, Ancestor of TNH, Ancestor of TSW, Ancestor of TWK
    Last Modified 2 Aug 2019 

    Father Thomas Basset,   b. of Headington, Oxfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1182 
    Mother Alice de Dunstanville,   b. of Shiplake, Oxfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1181 
    Family ID F227  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Philippe Malbank 
    Children 
    +1. Alice Basset,   d. Abt 1263
    Last Modified 1 Sep 2015 
    Family ID F3636  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Named in Magna Carta as an advisor to King John.

      From the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography:

      "First recorded before c. 1180, the younger Thomas Basset had by 1190 been granted custody of land in Oxfordshire through the favour of Richard I, and over the next few years he was maintained in royal service, briefly holding land in Hereford and Shropshire. As a counsellor of the king's brother John, count of Mortain, in 1191 he was excommunicated by the chancellor, William de Longchamp (d. 1197), John's rival for the government of England during the absence of King Richard on crusade. In 1192 Basset served briefly as John's deputy keeper for the Berkshire manors of Cookham and Bray. However, he seems to have held aloof from John's rebellion against King Richard, and therefore retained his place at court. [...]

      "Under King John, before 1202 Basset served as constable of Dover, and between 1202 and 1214 as sheriff and constable of Oxford, an office previously held by his father and his elder brother, Gilbert Basset. [...] He served on the king's expedition to Ireland in 1210, and during the civil war of 1215–17 remained loyal to the king, taking custody of Warwick Castle and of the estates of several rebel knights. Roger of Wendover names him as one of John's evil counsellors, and his prominence as a royal familiaris is underlined by his having been one of the men on whose advice Magna Carta was said to have been granted. In May 1217 he fought on the royalist side at the battle of Lincoln."

  • Sources 
    1. [S145] Ancestral Roots of Certain American Colonists Who Came to America Before 1700, by Frederick Lewis Weis and Walter Lee Sheppard, Jr. 8th edition, William R. Beall & Kaleen E. Beall, eds. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 2004, 2006, 2008.

    2. [S3292] William John Stewart-Parker, The Bassets of High Wycombe: Politics, Lordship, Locality and Culture in the Thirteenth Century. Ph.D. thesis, King's College, London, 2013.

    3. [S76] The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (2004-ongoing).

    4. [S550] John P. Ravilious, 22 Dec 2003, post to soc.genealogy.medieval., year only.

    5. [S145] Ancestral Roots of Certain American Colonists Who Came to America Before 1700, by Frederick Lewis Weis and Walter Lee Sheppard, Jr. 8th edition, William R. Beall & Kaleen E. Beall, eds. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 2004, 2006, 2008., year only.

    6. [S3292] William John Stewart-Parker, The Bassets of High Wycombe: Politics, Lordship, Locality and Culture in the Thirteenth Century. Ph.D. thesis, King's College, London, 2013., year only.