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Ralph Basset

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  • Name Ralph Basset 
    Born of Montreuil-au-Houlme, Normandy, France Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Died 1127  Abingdon Abbey, Berkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Person ID I7280  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, and others | Ancestor of Barbara Hagan, Ancestor of DDB, Ancestor of JTS, Ancestor of Thomas Butler, Ancestor of TNH, Ancestor of TSW, Ancestor of TWK
    Last Modified 6 Jan 2018 

    Father (Unknown) Basset 
    Family ID F760  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Children 
    +1. Richard I Basset,   d. Between 16 Sep 1144 and 29 May 1147
    Last Modified 17 Oct 2015 
    Family ID F2087  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • A justice of England, but not, as sometimes asserted, the chief justiciar. Died as a monk.

      From the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography:

      "Basset, Ralph (d. 1127?), justice, was included by the chronicler Orderic Vitalis in his list of new men raised from the dust by Henry I, men allegedly of obscure birth who rose by their service to Henry and acquired great wealth in the process. He came from Montreuil-au-Houlme near Argentan in Normandy, not far from the abbey of St √Čvroul where Orderic was a monk and to which Ralph was a benefactor. In England either Ralph Basset the justice or an earlier namesake was in 1086 an under-tenant of Robert (I) d'Oilly at Marsworth in Buckinghamshire and Tiscot in Hertfordshire. He could also have been connected with Robert d'Oilly in Normandy, given that Robert may have come from Ouilly-le-Basset. [...]

      "Between 1110 and 1127 Basset was one of the most prominent of Henry I's justices, and was described by the chronicler Henry of Huntingdon as one of the 'justices of all England', a description which indicates the geographical scope of his authority, as opposed to those who acted for the king only in their own locality. As such he was an early example of a royal justice who conducted local visitations to investigate the administration of the king's rights, setting a precedent for the later general eyres. Two sessions where he presided have become well known. The first took place at Huntingdon, where a man named Bricstan was brought to trial for concealment of treasure, a case reported by Orderic Vitalis. At the second, according to the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, Basset was responsible for hanging forty-four thieves in 1124 at 'Hundehoge', probably Huncote in Leicestershire."

  • Sources 
    1. [S76] The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (2004-ongoing).

    2. [S76] The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (2004-ongoing)., With a question mark on the date.