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Aline (Gai) Basset (abt. 1164 - abt. 1229)

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Aline Basset formerly Gai aka de Gai, de Grey
Born about in Wootton Bassett, Wiltshire, Englandmap
Ancestors ancestors
[sibling(s) unknown]
Wife of — married 1181 [location unknown]
Descendants descendants
Died about in Holland, Lancastershire, Englandmap
Profile last modified 7 Aug 2019 | Created 19 Jan 2012
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Aline de Gai was the daughter of Philip de Gai and Cecily Berkeley.[1]

She married Alan Basset.[2] The marriage must have been before 21 April 1191, when he is recorded as having an interest in the advowson of Wootton Bassett: Wooton Basset was a manor he acquired through his marriage to Aline.[3] Likely birth dates for his children point to the probability of a marriage date some years before that. Through his wife Aline, Alan Basset held the manors of Wootton Bassett and Broad Town, Wiltshire.[2]

Aline died between April 1229 and April 1230.[4]

Research Notes

It has often been believed that Alan Basset may have had two wives, Alice de Gray and Aline de Gai, though their names are so similar that it has been suspected that they may be the same person. See, for instance, his entry in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.[2]

There have been a number of threads in soc.genealogy.medieval in which this has been discussed. Douglas Richardson appears to have concluded that Alice de Gray and Aline de Gai are inked the same person. He has shown that Aline de Gai was also called Alice in Curia Regis Rolls, and has found entries in other records, including on Gai and Basset family ownership of the manor of Wootton Bassett, which lends support to his view. The key threads are probably "Marriage Date of Sir Alan Basset and Aline de Gay" (post by Douglas Richardson 27 April 2005) and "Philip de Gai Lord Wootten Bassett?" (post by Douglas Richardson 18 December 2002), but there are others.

There may remain a possibility, though, that Alan Basset had two wives.


  1. See discussions in soc.genealogy.medieval referred to in the Research Notes
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, entry for 'Basset, Alan', print and online 2004, revised online 2008, available online through some libraries
  3. "Marriage Date of Sir Alan Basset and Aline de Gay", thread in soc.genealogy.medieval, post by Douglas Richardson, 27 April 2005
  4. William John Stewart-Parker. The Bassets of High Wycombe. Politics, Lordship, Locality and Culture in the Thirteenth Century, 2013 thesis, King's College, London Research Portal, accessed 5 August 2019, p. 20, citing Calendar of the Close Rolls of Henry III, 1227-1232, p. 336
  • Weis, Frederick Lewis. Ancestral Roots of Certain American Colonists Who Came to America before 1700, 8th ed., Genealogical Publishing Company, 2004, p.194, line 215-27

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On 3 Aug 2019 at 15:51 GMT Michael Cayley wrote:

I have filled out the bio a bit and added research notes on whether her husband had two wives, or whether Alice de Gray and Aline de Gai were the same person.

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