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Lady Aline Bassett, Countess of Norfolk, Baroness of Wycombe

Also Known As: "Ava", "Aliva", "Ellen", "Basset"
Birthplace: Royal Wootton Bassett, Wiltshire, England (United Kingdom)
Death: April 11, 1281 (48-57)
Loughborough, Leicestershire, England (United Kingdom)
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Phillip Bassett, Knight, Justiciar of England and Hawise de Louvain
Wife of Sir Hugh le Despenser of Ryhall and Roger Bigod, 5th Earl of Norfolk
Mother of Isabella le Despencer; Anne le Despenser; Philip le Despencer; Eleanor le Despencer, Lady of Oakhampton; Sir Hugh le Despenser, 1st & Last Earl of Winchester and 1 other
Sister of Margery FitzJohn

Occupation: Countess of Norfolk, Baroness of Wycombe
Managed by: James Fred Patin, Jr.
Last Updated:

About Aliva Bassett, Countess of Norfolk



Sir HUGH (1223 or before-killed in battle Evesham 4 Aug 1265, bur Evesham Abbey). m (1260 or before) as her first husband, ALINE Basset, daughter and heiress of Sir PHILIP Basset of Wycombe, Buckinghamshire & his first wife Hawise de Lovaine of Little Easton, Essex (-before 11 Apr 1281). She married secondly (before 29 Oct 1271) as his first wife, Roger Bigod Earl of Norfolk.

The Peerage

Aliva Basset #26428

Aliva Basset was the daughter of Philip Basset. She married, firstly, Sir Hugh le Despenser, 1st Lord Despenser, son of Sir Hugh le Despenser.1 She married, secondly, Roger le Bigod, 5th Earl of Norfolk, son of Sir Hugh le Bigod and Joan de Stuteville.

Aliva Basset was also known as Aline Basset.

Children of Aliva Basset and Sir Hugh le Despenser, 1st Lord Despenser

  • Eleanor le Despencer+ d. 30 Sep 1328
  • Joan le Despenser+2 d. Aug 1354
  • Hugh le Despenser, 1st and last Earl of Winchester+1 b. 1 Mar 1260/61, d. 27 Oct 1326


[S37] Charles Mosley, editor, Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knightage, 107th edition, 3 volumes (Wilmington, Delaware, U.S.A.: Burke's Peerage (Genealogical Books) Ltd, 2003), volume 1, page 1384. Hereinafter cited as Burke's Peerage and Baronetage, 107th edition.

[S37] Charles Mosley, Burke's Peerage and Baronetage, 107th edition, volume 1, page 1385.


Sir Hugh le Despenser [c], Knight, b bef 1223, Loughborough, Leicestershire, England, d 4 Aug 1265, Battle of Evesham, Worcestershire, England. He md Aline Basset [d] abt 1250, daughter of Sir Philip Basset and Hawise de Louvaine.

Children of Sir Hugh le Despenser and Aline Basset were:

Eleanor le Despenser b abt 1252, Ryhall, Rutlandshire, England, d 30 Sep 1328, London, Middlesex, England. She md Sir Hugh de Courtenay, Knight, abt 1265, son of John de Courtenay and Isabel de Vere.

Anne le Despenser [e] b abt 1255, of Leicestershire, England, d 30 Sep 1328. She md Sir William de Ferrers abt 1268, son of Sir William de Ferrers and Margaret de Quincy.

Hugh le Despenser b 1 Mar 1259/60.

Joan le Despenser b abt 1264, d abt 1322. She md Sir Thomas de Furnival, Lord Furnival, bef Jan 1291/92, son of Sir Thomas de Furnival, Lord Furnival.

Aline (Avelina) BASSET, Countess of Norfolk

Born: 1241, Wooten Basset, Wiltshire, England Married: Died: By 11 Apr 1281, Spain

General Notes: Relationship to Compiler: 21/22 x great grandmother

Research Notes: Inquisition Post Mortem 389. Aline La Despensere, daughter and heir of Philip Basset, alias Aveline Countess of Norfolk, alias Aline Countess Marescall. Writ. (missing) [Essex.] Extent, Friday after St. Barnabas, 9 Edw. I [13 Jun 1281] Legehere in the parishes of Adburehethon and Peltingdon. A capitual messuage, 140 acres arable, and 4 acres of meadow, worth 58s. 6d., whereof is rendered yearly to James de Aburthon 10s., to William son of Ranulph 14s., and for the guard of the castle of Sterdeford 18d. [Essex.] Extent, Tuesday before St. Margaret, 9 Edw. I [22 Jul 1281] North Welde. The manor, whence are rendered yearly 13s. 4d. to the chapel in the court: the manor was sometime held of the castle of Benington by service of 5 knight's fees, whereof the brethren of the Knights of the Temple of Cressingge hold 2 fees in Sutton in the hundred of Rocheford, William de Monte Canisio of Edwardeston 1 fee in Leyre, Sewal de Springgefeld 1 fee in Springgefeld, and the heirs of Isabel de Bernigham 1 fee in Bernigham and Hyhington. Essex. Extent, Wednesday before the Nativity of St. John the Baptist, 9 Edw. I. [18 Jun 1281] Lammers. The manor held of Sir Robert de Brus the elder, by service of 3 knight's fees and two parts of ½ fee. Essex. Extent, Saturday after St. Barnabas, 9 Edw. I [14 Jun 1281] Wykes. The manor, whence are paid of yearly rent, for the guard of the castle of Colcestre pertaining to the farm of the hundred of Tendring 12s., to Sir Matthew de Lovaine 10s., and to John Carbonel 14s. Northampton. Extent, Wednesday the morrow of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist, 9 Edw. I Bernewelle. The manor, whence are paid to the king by the hands of the bailiff of the hundred of Hokeslowe, 3s. 8d. yearly. Sir Philip Bassett gave the manor in free marriage to Hugh le Despenser, with Aline his daughter, and it is held of the fee of the earl [of] Ferrar', service unknown. Hugh, son of Hugh le Despenser, age unknown, is next heir. [Buckingham.] Extent, Monday the feast of Translation of St. Thomas the Martyr, 9 Edw. I. [7 Jul 1281] Wycumbe. A capital messuage, 255 and a third acres arable, 7 acres meadow, 28 acres pasture, 60 acres wood, rent of assize of the borough of Wycumbe 30l. 13s.... two water-mills with a virgate of land demised to farm to Thomas de la Lude for life for 65s. 8d., three other water-mills worth 10l. yearly, and pleas of court &c. worth 20s., from which are due yearly at the king's exchequer for the said borough 20l., and to the Knights of the Temple for the land of Okrugge, which is held of them in socage, 16s. And she held a foreign messuage with a carucate of land of the king by service of 1 knight's fee; 45 acres arable of John de Assewell for one-sixteenth knight's fee; and 48 acres land with 10 acres wood in socage of the Knights of the Temple by the aforesaid service of 16s. Hugh le Despenser, aged 20 in the first week of March last, is her next heir. [Cambridge.] Extent, Friday before the Nativity of St. John the Baptist, 9 Edw. I. [20 Jun 1281] Saham. The manor including 26s. 4d., farm of lands and sheepfolds in Fordham, held of the king in chief by service of ¼ knight's fee. Philip Bassett sometime purchased of the abovesaid tenement, from Cecily de la Mare lands &c. rendering yearly at the king's hall at Saham 20s. 2d., to William de Saham 8s., to Richard de la More 12d., and to Robert le Noreis of Fordeham, 1d. Wilts. Extent, the day of the Commemoration of St. Paul, 9 Edw. I. [30 Jun 1281] Berewyk. The manor held of the king in chief rendering a sparrowhawk yearly at the feast of St. Michael. Wilts. Extent, the day of Commemoration of St. Paul. Wynterburn Basset. The manor, including ¼ knight's fee which William de Budeston holds of the said manor, from which are due at the castle of Marleborgh 20s. yearly. [Wilts.] Extent, Tuesday after SS. Peter and Paul, 9 Edw. I [1 Jul 1281] La Fasterne. The manor, including Old Court, Wotton and Swyndon, members of the same manor, 10s. rent of Lytlecote, tolls of fairs and markets, a custom of boonwork ploughing called 'graserth,' and the advowson of Wotton Church, held of the earl of Cornwall for 2 knights' fees, and 10s. are due for the guard of the castle of Devizes. [Surrey.] Extent and appraisement (undated and defaced) Wock[ing]. The manor, including 9 acres of moor at La Hok', a foreign wood called Brocwod, 1 hide land of the fee of Perefricht of the honour of the earl of Gloucester of Clare, which Fulk Basset purchased, rendering 16s. yearly; and to the said manor is annexed a serjeanty in Mayford held of the king, which the said Fulk purchased, producing 54s. yearly, and rendering at the king's exchequer 20s. yearly, tenure unspecified. Sutton. The manor, including pasture in Cottehershe, a pair of gloves of buckskin furred with miniver, being rent of assize of land which was of Philip de Toneworth, which the lord of Sutton ought to render at the king's exchequer for the said manor, and 4s. poundage called 'garsanese' from the villeins. Berks. Extent (undated) Spene. The manor, including 25s. 8¾d., rent of assize from the freemen of Spenhamlond, tenure unspecified. C. Edw. I. File 27. (8.)

Marriage Information: Iline married Hugh le DESPENSER Sir Kt., son of Hugh le DESPENSER. (Hugh le DESPENSER was born in 1224 in Loughborough, Leicestershire, England, died on 4 Aug 1265 at the Battle of Evesham, Worcestershire, England and was buried in Evesham Abbey, Evesham, Worcestersire, England.)

Sources: G.E. Cockayne, Complete Peerage; Frederick Lewis Weis, Magna Charta Sureties, 1215, (4th ed, Genealogical Publishing, Baltimore), line 4 p 3; Calendar of Inquisitions Post Mortem, and other analogous documents, preserved in the Public Record Office, Edward I, Vol. II, pp. 227-229

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Aliva Bassett, Countess of Norfolk's Timeline

Royal Wootton Bassett, Wiltshire, England (United Kingdom)
Loughborough, Leicestershire, England
Gloucester, Essex, England
Ryhall, Rutland, England
March 1, 1261
Caer-wynt, Wales (United Kingdom)
Ryhall, Rutland, England
April 11, 1281
Age 53
Loughborough, Leicestershire, England (United Kingdom)

Died before said date.