Sir Alan Basset, Lord Basset of Wycombe

Male 1158 - 1233  (~ 75 years)


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  • Name Alan Basset 
    Title Sir 
    Suffix Lord Basset of Wycombe 
    Born ~1158  Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Died ~1233  Headington, Oxfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • Alan Basset was one of 16 Illustrious Men, counselors to King John, who were listed in the preamble to Magna Carta.
    Person ID I51164  The Hennessee Family
    Last Modified 25 Aug 2018 

    Family Aline Gai,   b. ~1164, Wooton Basset, Wiltshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1233, Holland, Lancastershire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 68 years) 
    Married 1181  (England) Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Children 
     1. Aliva Basset,   b. ~1180, Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bromyard, Herefordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Philip Basset, Knight, Justiciar of England,   b. ~1184, Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Oct 1271, Stanley, Wiltshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 87 years)
    Last Modified 18 Sep 2018 
    Family ID F19063  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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  • Notes 
    • Biography
      Alan was one of the three sons (probably the youngest) of Thomas Basset (d. c.1182). He founded the Bassets of Wycombe, and was a noted servant of Richard I, John, and Henry III.
      "Basset and his brothers each held only enough knights' fees in chief to constitute a very small barony. Richard I granted Alan the manor of Woking in Surrey and the vill of Mapledurwell in Hampshire as one half fee each, while John granted him part of the manor of Wycombe, on highly favourable terms, to hold in chief as one fee of the honour of Wallingford. He held five fees of that honour, two being in Wootton Bassett and Broad Town (both in Wiltshire) which he held of the inheritance of his wife, Alina de Gai, together with the manor of Compton Bassett, also in Wiltshire. John also granted him the manors of Berwick Bassett in Wiltshire and Greywell in Hampshire.
      "Basset and Aline had a daughter, Aline, and another daughter, whose name is unknown. With his likely first wife, Alice de Gray (the similarity of their names is such that the possibility that Alan had only one wife cannot be excluded), he had seven children:
      Thomas, Gilbert, Alice, Fulk, David, Warin, and Philip." (Ref: ODNB)
      Alan Bassett, son of Thomas Bassett of Headington, Oxfordshire and his wife Alice de Dunstanville, died about 1231. [1]
      The Honor Roll, dated 1186/87 states that 'Gilberto Basset (and) Alano Basset held land in the honor of Walingford. [2]
      Military fee certifications in the Red Book of the Exchequer records that Alanus Basset held one knight fee in Woking and one knight fee in Wycombe. [3]
      A genealogical table of Medieval origin show that Alan Bassett married Aline de Gai, and they had the following children:[4]
      Thomas
      Gilbert
      Warin
      Philip: his children were: Aline and Margery
      Fulk
      22 November 1200: Alan Bassett accompanied King John to Northampton when King William of Scotland swore fealty to King John for his English fiefs. [5]
      June 1210: Alan Bassett accompanied King John to Ireland. Alan was with King John when he landed near Waterford with a great fleet and great host of soldiers. John brought his rebellious English lords under control, secured the city of Limerick, and reformed the government of Dublin and the eastern counties. [6]
      15 June 1215: Alan Basset, a favorite of King John's, accompanied the king to the meeting with the barons of Magna Carta. Alan Basset's name appears in Magna Carta Preamble among those of the king's counselors. [7]
      11 November 1216: At the accession of Henry III to the crown, Alan Basset was among the witnesses to the reissue of Magna Carta. [8]
      1217 to 1229: Alan was Sheriff of Rutland. [9]
      1219 to 1220: Alan Bassett was sent on a political mission to France when he was about sixty-four years old. [10]
      Occupation
      Occupation: Sheriff of Rutland; of Woking, Mapledurham, Wycombe, & Berewick
      Sources
      ? Medieval Lands
      ? Medieval Lands
      ? Medieval Lands
      ? Medieval Lands
      ? Dictionary of National Biography Vol. III, page 376
      ? Dictionary of National Biography Vol III, page 376
      ? Dictionary of National Biography Vol III, page 376
      ? Dictionary of National Biography Vol III, page 376
      ? Dictionary of National Biography Vol III, page 376
      ? Dictionary of National Biography Vol III, page 376
      Ancestral Roots, F.L. Weis 8th ed. 2004 Line 215-27
      Medieval Lands, database online, author Charles Cawley, (Foundation for Medieval Genealogy, 2006-2013), Untitled England Nobility A - C; Chapter 10 C, BASSET of HEADINGTON and WALLINGFORD, OXFORDSHIRE, Alan Bassett
      Dictionary of National Biography, database online, Edited by Leslie Stephen, (New York, New York, MacMillan, Smith, elder & Co., 1885), Volume III, Baker to Beadon, page 376
      The Reigns Of John, and Henry III. 1199-1272, Volume 2, p 216

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  • Sources 
    1. [S13096] "Joan (Despenser) de Furnival (abt. 1264 - bef. 1322)", Pedigree, Issue & Biography, https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Despe.