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Gilbert Basset (abt. 1190 - 1241)

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Gilbert Basset
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Biography

Birth and Parentage

Gilbert was the son of Alan Basset and Aline de Gai.[1] His birth date is uncertain, but may have been before 1190.[2]

Life

Like other members of his family, Gilbert entered royal service.[1] In 1215 King John granted him the manor of Sutton, Surrey.[1] He was made Constable of Devizes Castle in 1229. The following year he took part in an English military expedition to Brittany[1] and Poitou.[3] In 1231 he was entrusted with the custody of St Briavels Castle and the Forest of Dean, and he received various other grants.[1] In 1232, following his father's death, he inherited Basset family properties, adding to properties which had been held by his brother Basset-238, who had died in 1230.[1]

In 1232 Peter des Roches came into a position of power in the royal government, and Gilbert suffered a series of setbacks. He was deprived of offices he held, a claim to one manor he held was arbitrarily decided by Henry III against him, and in 1233 his remaining estates were confiscated and an order was issued for his arrest.[1] Gilbert was by now in open rebellion, along with his brothers Philip and Warin, a cousin, and Richard Marshal, Earl of Pembroke who was his overlord. In 1234, after the Earl of Pembroke's death, he was back in royal favour; estates were restored, he received a series of royal gifts, and he was a witness to a number of royal charters.[1] In 1237 he was supportive of Henry III when the king requested a grant of revenues from a tax of a thirtieth on moveable property.[4] The extent to which he stood in royal favour can be seen by a personal gift by Henry III in 1241, shortly before Gilbert died, of 25 deer for Gilbert's park at Wootton Bassett, Wiltshire.[5]

In 1236 he participated in a major tournament, which degenerated into real fighting.[6]

Marriage

Gilbert married Isabel de Ferrers, a relative of the Marshal family with which he and other members of his family were closely linked.[1] They had a son who died, still an infant, within weeks of his father, on 22 August 1241.[1]

Death

Gilbert died in a hunting accident in 1241.[1] The chronicler Matthew Paris states that his horse fell over a tree trunk, and that Gilbert "broke his bones and so shocked his nerves" that he died of his injuries a few days later.[7] He was buried at Bicester, Oxfordshire, in an Augustinian Priory of which the Bassets were major benefactors.[1]

Sources

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 Oxford Dictionary of National Biography - entry for 'Basset, Gilbert (d. 1241), 2004, revised online 2010, available online through some libraries
  2. William John Stewart-Parker. The Bassets of High Wycombe. Politics, Lordship, Locality and Culture in the Thirteenth Century, 2013 thesis made available on King's College, London Research Portal, p. 23, accessed 7 August 2019
  3. William John Stewart-Parker, The Bassets of High Wycombe. Politics, Lordship, Locality and Culture in the Thirteenth Century, p. 26
  4. William John Stewart-Parker, The Bassets of High Wycombe. Politics, Lordship, Locality and Culture in the Thirteenth Century, p. 54
  5. William John Stewart-Parker, The Bassets of High Wycombe. Politics, Lordship, Locality and Culture in the Thirteenth Century, p. 56
  6. Dictionary of National Biography, 1995-1900 - entry for 'Basset, Gilbert', Wikisource
  7. William John Stewart-Parker, The Bassets of High Wycombe. Politics, Lordship, Locality and Culture in the Thirteenth Century, p. 57
  • Oxford Dictionary of National Biography - entry for 'Basset, Gilbert (d. 1241), 2004, revised online 2010, available online through some libraries
  • Dictionary of National Biography, 1995-1900 - entry for 'Basset, Gilbert', Wikisource
  • Stewart-Parker, William John. The Bassets of High Wycombe. Politics, Lordship, Locality and Culture in the Thirteenth Century, 2013 thesis made available on King's College, London Research Portal, accessed 7 August 2019
  • Wikipedia: Gilbert Basset

Acknowledgements

  • WikiTree profile Basset-224 created through the import of Lent_Vise_2011-05-11aa.ged on May 26, 2011 by Bryan Sypniewski


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On 8 Aug 2019 at 14:01 GMT Michael Cayley wrote:

I have now substantially expanded the bio, drawing mainly on the ODNB and a thesis on the Basset family recently made available on the web. If you spot any typos, please correct them!

On 1 Aug 2019 at 13:46 GMT Michael Cayley wrote:

I have added Isabel Ferrers as his wife. I will be working on this profile before long, and will add sourcing for the marriage then.

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