The assignment of Mary Basset, wife of William Beaumont of Cole Orton, to
the Blore Bassets is based on an extensive pedigree of most of the Basset
branches in Nichols' Leics, vol. 4. Nichols cites as sources an MS of Sir
William Dugdale as well as an MSS collection of Sampson Erdeswicke.
Although the pedigree is quite extensive, it likely is incomplete (for
example, it does not include the Fledburgh branch at all), and I would
consider the identification of Mary's parents to perhaps be tentative at
The pedigree in Farnham referenced by "The Beaumonts in History" is not a
full pedigree of the family but simply an outline of the descent of the Cole
Orton branch from the Maureward family. My copy of the pedigree in Farnham
doesn't show any sources for the pedigree, in particular the statement that
William Beaumont mar. Mary, dau. of Thomas Basset of Fledburgh, Notts. I
suspect, however, that this may have come from the visitations of Nottingham
(published as Harleian Society vol. 4) where an unnamed daughter of "Thomas
Bassett of Fledborough" and his wife Margaret Meering is said to have mar.
an unnamed Beaumont of Cole Orton. So, we have another example of one set
of information in Nichols and another, conflicting, set in a visitation
If anyone has better sources on the various Basset branches and their
connections to one another, they would be welcome....
----- Original Message -----
From: "Louise Staley" <***@bigpond.com>
Sent: Saturday, May 20, 2006 1:51 AM
Subject: Re: Brok line - Mary Countess of Buckingham --> William Basset
Post by Louise Staley
Post by John Higgins
If this is based on what's in Genealogics, it's almost certainly another
Paget error. Mary Basset the mother of Anthony Beaumont of Glenfield is
more likely the daughter of William Basset of Blore [not Fledburgh} (d. 1497
or 1498) and Joan Byron, not William Basset of Fledburgh (d. before 1442)
and Catherine Stanhope, as Paget has it.
I am very interested in this idea that Mary Basset is actually from the
Blore Bassets rather than the Fledburgh ones and was the daughter of
William of Blore. Could you provide a source for this statement?
Interestingly "The Beaumonts in History" p125 says she was the daughter
of Sir Thomas Basset of Blore and cites Farnham, Leic. Pedigrees for
this gem. While Beaumont is a very variable source, and has completely
confused the Devon and Cornish Beaumonts, it is much better on the
Leicestershire ones. Having not seen Farnham I don't know if this is an
accurate representation of what he says.
Post by John Higgins
Moral: Don't trust Paget without first checking other sources....
Post by Wfirstname.lastname@example.org
In the old DNB entry for "Villiers, Edward" it remarks that
Mary [Beaumont], the Countess of Buckingham died 19 Apr 1632 and buried
aged 63 in St Edmund's Chapel, Westminster Abbey
The Beaumont book cites her MI which says she was 62 years, 11 months
and 19 days old at death, so born 30 April 1569
Post by John Higgins Post by Wemail@example.com
Here we have an opposite problem to the last one I posed.
1) d aged 63
2) dau of Anthony Beaumont of Glenfield
3) son of Mary Basset who d 6 Jul 1539
4) dau of William Basset of Fledburgh who d "bef 1442" as Leo has it.
4 implies that Mary Basset was born by 1442.
Yet 1 implies her granddaughter was born 1568/9
That isn't possible in my opinion.
Either we have two Mary Basset's, one the dau of William d bef 1442
and one much younger, or the wife of William Beaumont of Cole-Orton
was not named Mary Basset