~1254, Ralph born in England, s/o 243382628. Ralph Basset & 243382629. Margaret de Somery.
~1260, Helewise born in England.
8/4/1265, Ralph’s father killed at the battle of Evesham.
[––Ralph & Hawise––]
By 1279, Ralph married Helewise ?.
By 1/26/1271, Ralph was passed the lands held in dower by his mother when she remarried [Patyingham, Staffordshire; Whatton, Leicestershire; Exton, Rutlandshire].
11/2/1271, IPM of Roger de Quency, sometime earl of Winchester. Leicester: … Lokynton. ½ fee held by Roger Basset … (S) CIsPM.
8/19/1274 at Westminster abbey, Edward I crowned king of England.
1277, Ralph summoned to attend King Edward I at Worcester with horse and arms to march against Llewellyn ap Griffin, Prince of Wales.
1277, King Edward was in Chester where he cleared a road through a dense forest, and started construction on the castles of Flint and Rhuddlan. King Edward made forays into the Welsh lands of Llywelyn ap Gruffydd, prince of Wales, capturing Snowdonia and the isle of Anglesey.
6/1277, King Edward was in Chester where he cleared a road through a dense forest, and started construction on the castles of Flint and Rhuddlan. King Edward made forays into the Welsh lands of Llywelyn ap Gruffydd, prince of Wales, capturing Snowdonia and the isle of Anglesey.
11/11/1277, King Edward returned to London.
8/7/1278, Order to cause Roger de Mowbray, imprisoned in that castle [Windesore] for certain trespasses …, to be delivered to Maurice de Berkley, …, Ralph Basset, … and John de Sancto Johanne, who have mainperned to have him before the king. (S) CCRs.
1/1/1282, Order to cause Ralph Basset of Drayton to have 4 live hinds to stock his park at Draiton of the king’s gift. (S) CCRs.
1282, Ralph summoned to provide horse and arms against the Welsh. King Edward left for a Wales expedition and set up residence at Rhudlan castle, Flintshire, where he held court. [Ralph served with 19 men.] (S) English Aristocracy at War, Simpkin, 2008, P138.
12/11/1282, King Edward’s forces defeated Llewelyn ap Gruffydd at the Battle of Radnor in eastern Wales. King Edward received the head of Llywelyn at Rhuddlan castle. [Aka Battle of Orewin Bridge.]
6/28/1283, Ralph Basset de Drayton summoned to Shrewsbury by writ from Rhuddlan to the king to hold a colloquium to ordain what should be done with David, brother of Llewellyn, formerly prince of Wales. (S) The Titular Barony of Clavering, 1891, P16.
1283, Ralph Basset of Drayton had 6 bucks from the forest of Cannock. (S) Royal Forests, Cox, 1905, P147.
4/6/1284, Ralph of Drayton granted a market and fair at Colston Basset, Nottinghamshire, the same as his father’s but on Fridays instead of Wednesdays. (S) Gazetteer of Markets and Fairs in England and Wales to 1516.
7/16/1287, Protection for Ralph Basset of Drayton, going to Wales on the King’s service. (S) CPRs.
8/15/1287, Edmund, earl of Cornwall’s force of 4,000 joined up with an army of 6,700 at Rhys ap Maredudd’s castle of Dryslwyn, Wales, and began a siege. They built a trebuchet to attack the castle. [The castle fell Sept. 5th; but Rhys escaped.]
5/1289-5/1290, Ralph Basset, patron of Bp Sutton. (S) Heads of Religious Houses, Smith, 2001, P405.
6/13/1291, Protection … Ralph Basset of Drayton going to Scotland on the king’s service. (S) CPRs. [The king was in Scotland dealing with the succession of the crown after the death of the Maid of Norway.]
8/13/1291, Ralph, in a receipt to the King for 40 marks, “Warden of the castle of Edinburgh”. (S) The Scottish war of independence, Burns, 1874, P354.
10/10/1292, Ralph Basset acknowledges the receipt of £13 12s 6d for the custody of Edinburgh castle. (S) Doc.’s Illustrative of the History of Scotland, Stevenson, 1870, P352.
5/28/1293, Appointment of Ralph Basset of Drayton to the custody, during pleasure, of the forest of Canok. (S) CPRs.
1293, Ralph’s mother died.
3/22/1294, Petitions to the king; … people mentioned: Reginald de Grey, Justice; …; Ralph Basset, knight; …; Roger de Swynnerton, knight; … John de Gresley; William de Ayntre (Aintree); …; Llewelyn [ap Gruffudd], Prince of Wales. (S) UKNA.
1294, The Gascon War began between England and France, lasting 9 years.
1294, Ralph summoned to Portsmouth with horse and arms to proceed to Gascony. [King Edward was involved in a long war to protect lands in Gascony from Philip IV of France. Acutual departure stopped because of a Welsh uprising.]
1295, Ralph in the retinue of Roger le Bigod, earl of Norfolk, in the Welsh campaign. (S) History of Staffordshire, V8, 1887, P15.
3/5/1295, William, earl of Warwick, and his forces defeated a large Welsh force at Maes Moydog near Montgomery.
6/23/1295, Ralph, Lord Basset of Drayton, Staffordshire summoned to parliament by writ.
10/3/1295, Ralph ordered to be at Plimmuth with horses and arms to accompany Edmund, brother of the king, to Gascony. Walter de Bello Campo sent to appraise Ralph’s horses and pay him his wages. (S) CCRs.
3/30/1296, Ralph Basset in the service of King Edward at the capture of Berwick [and then the slaughter at Dunbar.]
6/14/1296, King Edward I captured Stirling castle. [This is when E.I. brought the ‘stone of Scone’ back to England.]
7/3/1297, IPM of Edmund the King’s brother. … Nottingham: … Edwolton. 1/3 knight’s fee held by Ralph Basset of Drayton, of the honour of Leicester, by homage and service of suit at the court of Leicester, and he does his share of the mill pond of Leicester when it is broken, which service is worth 3s. 4d. yearly. … Leicester: … Gloreston, Stocfaston and Cravenhou. 1 fee held by Ralph Basset of Drayton … (S) CIsPM.
8/23/1297, Ralph with King Edward as he left England with 500 ships to attack France and assert his rights. Because of the refusal of many barons, Edward only had a small contingent of knights. The army sailed for Flanders to seek additional support.
3/29/1298, King Edward arrived back in England.
7/22/1298, Ralph at the battle of Falkirk and the defeat of William Wallace. The initial attack by the English Marshall was stalled. When the Bishop of Durham, leading half of the English cavalry, was slow in attacking; Ralph, 2nd in command to the Bishop, was said to yell “To mass Bishop!” – a call to attack. Ralph then led a charge of the calvary. This attack routed the Scot’s calvary and started the path to victory. (S) Half Hours of English History, Knight, 1865, P361.
12/31/1299, Ralph, of Drayton, died; buried in the church at Drayton.
1/14/1300, Writ for IPM of Ralph Basset of Drayton. (S) CFRs.
(S) A Genealogical History of the Dormant, … Peerages of the British, Burke, 1866. (S) Transactions of the Leicestershire A&A Society, V4, 1878, P27.
Children of Ralph and Hawise:
i. Margaret Basset (60845657), born 1280 in England.
ii. Ralph Bassett (15210340) born ~1282 in England.
iii. Joan Bassett, born ? in England.
Joan married William de Heriz.