Basset, Ralph (d.1265) (DNB00)

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BASSET, RALPH (d. 1265), baronial leader, was lord of Drayton in Staffordshire, and, joining the baronial party against Henry III, was appointed by them custos pacis for Shropshire and Staffordshire on 7 June 1264 (Rymer's Fœdera), and was summoned to Simon de Montfort's parliament on 4 Dec. 1264 as Ralph Basset ‘de Drayton’ (Claus. 49 Hen. III, m. 12 dors.). He fell at Evesham by De Montfort's side on 4 Aug. 1265 (Chron. of Edward I and II, i. 69), having refused, when urged by him, to seek safety in flight (Rishanger, 36–7).

Sir Rauf the gode Basset did ther his ending.
Robert Brune.

His lands were forfeited for rebellion, but restored to his widow Margaret, as the daughter of a royalist, Roger de Someri (Pat. 50 Hen. III, m. 46).

[Dugdale's Baronage, i. 379; First Report on the Dignity of a Peer, p. 145.]

J. H. R.