Name: Robert de Basset
Birth: in Rushton, Northamptonshire
Change Date: 17 MAR 2006
Ivo de Harcourt granted his lands in Wolvey and Withybrook, co.Warwick to Robert Basset [of the Basset line of Rushton, Northamptonshire per Dugdale] upon the marriage of Robert to Ivo's sister Beatrice.
Their son Reynold Basset confirmed his father's grant in 1201 of land in Wolvey along with pasture for 500 sheep to the Abbot of Combe Abbey.
In 1206 he purchased an addition 6 virgates of land in Wolvey from Walter Spirgunel an his wife Celestrine.
He was dead in 1227 when his lands were divided between his nephews Robert de Leycestre
and Ivo de Dene. His widow Maud exchanged her dower in the two halves of the manor of Wolvey with Robert de Leycesre and Ivo de Dene for lands in Scakethorpe, Yorkshire and rents in Wolvey.
Robert de Leycestre married Petronilla de Flamville of Aston Flamville, co. Leicester, daughter of William de Flamville. In 1317 [De Banco Roll 219, Trinity, 10 Edward II, membrane 185d] Henry de Erdington and his wife Joan [de Wolvey]and John de Cave and his wife Matilda [de Wolvey] sued Alice [de Wolvey] wife of Sir Giles de Astley for two parts of a messuage an carucate of land in Sixtenby, co. Leicester, which William de Flamville gave to Robert de Leycestre and Petronilla his wife, and their issue, and which after their deaths and the death of their son and heir Thomas was to be inherited by his heirs who were his three daughters, Alice de Astley, Joan de Erdington
and Matilda de Cave. Robert de Leycere was alive in 1256 when he was exempted from knight's service due to old age and infirmity.
Thomas de Leycestre de Wolvey inherited his father's lands in Withybrook and Wolvey, co. Warwick, Lilleburn and Sixtenby, co. Leicester and Scakesthorpe and Hothum, co. York. He married Alice de Clinton of Badlesley, co. Warwick who was the daughter of James de Clinton of Badlesley, co. Warwick. Her father was the heir of his mother's [ Mazera de Bisege] lands in Badlesley which in 1250 belonged to Ralph de Bisege. The tombs of Thomas de Wolvey and Alice de Clinton
are described in Dugdale and one of the stained glass windows of the Church of St. John the Baptist shows Alice de Wolvey [wife of Sir Giles de Astley] holding the arms of Clinton of Badlesley and de
There were three daughters and heirs of Thomas de Leycestre de Wolvey.
Alice who married Sir Giles de Astley, Joan who married Henry de
Erdington and Matilda who married John de Cave. In the Warwickshire
Fleet of Fines 1284-1345, #1205 Giles de Astley, son of Andrew de
Astley, and Alice his wife sued Thomas de Wulfheye and Alice his wife
for 37 Messuages, 3 carucates, 10 and 1/2 virgates of land in
Withybroke and Wolvey, co. Warwick; 3 messuages, 1 carucate, 6s.6d
rent in Sixtenby and Oleby, co. Leicester, 13 messuages and 13 bovates
of land in Scakethorpe and Hothum, co. York. Thomas de Wolvey and
Alice recognised the right of Alice to the lands and they thereafter
held them for one rose yearly at the Nativity of St. John the Baptist
[June 24], and this was endorsed by Henry de Erdington and his wife
Joan, and John de Cave and his wife Matilda. The tomb of Thomas de
Wolvey and his wife clearly show the arms of the three mariages of
their daughters on the front which were Astley, Erdington and Cave.
Alice de Wolvey married Sir Giles de Astley, son of Andrew de Astley and his wife Sybil, and their eldest son Sir Thomas de Astley married Elizabeth Beauchamp, daughter of Guy de Beauchamp, earl of Warwick and Alice de Toeni.
Sources: VCH Warwick,Vol. 6, 1965,edited by R.B.Pugh, Knigtlow Hundred, Wolvey, pages 281-287;
George F. Farnham, Leicestershire Medieval Village Notes,Vol. I,1926, Aston Flamville pages 83-85, Broughton Astley pages 201-204;
Warwickshire Fleet [Feet?] of Fines, Vol. II, 1939, pages 46-47;
Sir William Dugdale, Antiquities of Warwickshire, 1657, Wolvey pages 44-47, Withybroke pages 139-141.
Beatrice de Harcourt
- de Basset
- Text: MichaelAnne Guido
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