Basset, Thomas (DNB00)

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BASSET, THOMAS (d. 1182?), judge, was son of Gilbert Basset (presumed to be a younger son of Ralph Basset, the justiciar (d. 1127?) [q. v.] He received a grant of the lordship of Hedendon, Oxfordshire, for services in war, and served sheriff of Oxfordshire, 1163–4. In 1167–8 he was an itinerant justice for Essex and Hertfordshire, and in 1169 appears at the Exchequer. In 1175 he was again an itinerant justice (Rog. Hov. ii. 90) and in close attendance on the court, as he continued to be till 1181, and was specially named as a justice itinerant on one of the new circuits, 10 April 1179 (Rog. Hov.) He is last mentioned in August 1181, and at the close of 1182 he had been succeeded by his son Gilbert.

[Dugdale's Baronage, i. 383; Foss's Judges of England, 1848, i. 188; Eyton's Court and Itinerary of Henry II.]

J. H. R.