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Ralph Basset and Alice Audley

Ralph Basset. [Our Basset Ancestors].
Born about 1305 in Drayton Basset, Staffordshire, England; son of Ralph Basset and Joan de Grey. (S1,S3).

He married Alice de Audley on 30 May 1334 in Heleigh, Staffordshire, England. (S2,S3).

13 Dec 1334: "with remainder to Ralph Basset the younger, Alice his wife and the heirs of their bodies" (S3).

6 Aug 1335: "Mandate to archbishops, bishops, abbots, priors, earls, barons, knights, mayors, bailiffs, ministers, commonalties and all others in the counties of Gloucester, Worcester, Hereford, Salop, and Stafford, by the fealty, homage and love which they owe to the king, to treat diligently and carefully with Ralph Basset of Drayton, who is coming from the king to concert with them measures for the defence of the realm against hostile invasion, now credibly reported to be imminent, and to inform them of the result of the deliberation of the king's council at York in this behalf." This could be the father of this Ralph, still alive at the time. (S3).

He died about 1335 (S2,S3) in Drayton Basset, Staffordshire, England. (S3).

Inquisitions Post Mortem.
Richard de Amoundevile, knight.
"Writ, after the death of the said Richard, who held by knight’s service of the heir of Ralph son of Ralph son of Ralph Basset of Drayton, a minor in the king’s wardship, June, 24 Edward III." [1350] "Ralph Basset of Drayton, grandfather of the Ralph now a minor in the king’s wardship, who held the manor of the earl of Warwick, gave it to Richard de Amondeville, father of the deceased, and the heirs male of his body, to hold of the said Ralph and his heirs by service of 10l. yearly; and so the deceased held the manor as heir of the aforesaid Richard, of the heir of Ralph son of Ralph son of the aforesaid Ralph Basset of Drayton. The manor should revert to this heir because the deceased died without heir male of his body. The rent of 10l. was assigned in dower to Alesia, late the wife of Ralph Basset, father of the said heir, now married to Hugh de Menyl, and so the said manor is worth nothing to the guardian or heir during her life." (S2).

Alice de Audley. [Familytree].
Born about 1315 in Heleigh Castle, Madeley, Staffordshire, England; daughter of (Lord) Nicholas Audley and Joan Martin.

She married (1) Ralph Basset on 30 May 1334 in Heleigh, Staffordshire, England. They had 1 son (Sir Ralph, 3rd Lord Basset). (S2).

Alice de Audley married (2) (Sir) Hugh de Meinhill, son of Sir Hugh de Meinhill and Joan de la Warde, between 31 July 1337 and 1340; They had 3 sons (Thomas; John; & Robert) and 1 daughter (Isabel, wife of Sir Ralph de Shirley, of Sir John de Wodhull; & of Sir Gerard Braybrooke). (S2).

She died after 1358 in Drayton Basset, Staffordshire, England. (S2).

CHILDREN of Ralph Basset and Alice Audley
  1. Sir Ralph, 3rd Lord Basset, of Drayton. Born on 30 November 1334. (S2). (alternatively 4th Baron Basset). He was a medieval English soldier knight, one of the earliest appointed Knights of the Garter. He was the son of Ralph Basset and his wife Alice, the daughter of Nicholas, Baron Audley. His father predeceased his own father Ralph Basset, 2nd Baron Basset of Drayton in 1335 so Ralph junior thus succeeded his grandfather in 1343 to the title and estates at the age of 8. In 1355 he was summoned to join the army of the Black Prince in the French campaign and in 1356 was present in the English victory at Poitiers. On his return he was called to the House of Lords. In 1359 he was with Edward III in France on his campaign to claim the French throne which ended with Peace of Brétigny the following year. He was present at other French campaigns in 1365 and 1368, and in the latter year was admitted to the Order of the Garter to fill the empty place caused by the death of Lionel of Antwerp, 1st Duke of Clarence. In 1369 he was back in France fighting in a diversionary campaign under the Duke of Lancaster. On the accession of King Richard II in 1377 he was yet again ordered to France, serving firstly in an abortive campaign under Sir John Arundel and secondly under Thomas of Woodstock, 1st Duke of Gloucester. In 1385 he was in a disastrous campaign in Spain with John of Gaunt. He died without issue in 1390, leaving a widow Joan, and was interred in Lichfield cathedral. (S7). He died on 10 May 1390. (S2). His heirs were Thomas Stafford, 3rd Earl of Stafford and Alice, wife of Sir William Chaworth. (S7).

CHILDREN of Alice de Audley and Hugh de Meinhill:
  1. Isabella Meinhill. (S2,S5). [Familytree]. Born about 1339. She married (1) Thomas Shirley. She married (2) John de Wodhull. She married (3) (Sir) Gerard Braybrooke. (S2). She died 25 April 1393 at Horsenden Swanbourne, Buckinghamshire, England.
  2. Thomas de Meinhill.
  3. John de Meinhill.
  4. Robert de Meinhill.


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