Extract from Feudal
The fief of Richard Basset is that of a
typical man, of one of those trusted officials who flourished under Henry the
First. We know not the fate of Robert de Buci, a Domesday baron in
Leicestershire and Northants; but as two, at least, of his Leicestershire
estates passed, we have seen to Mowbray, it was, we may infer, forfeiture or
escheat that brought his fief into the king's hands, and enabled him to divide
it among his own favourites. We learn from the evidence to which I am coming
that the eight carucates in Swinford and Walcote, and the two in Little Ashby
which Robert de Buci had held in io86, were in the hands of Geoffrey Ridel
ninety years later. We may then infer, though they are not included in the
sphere of our survey, that they had been obtained,
like the rest, by Basset temp. Hen. 1.56
The elaborate fine made at
As Robert de Buci was then in possession, it cannot have been, here at least, till later that Basset succeeded him.
Among the points to be observed in the descent of the above fiefs are Edward of Salisbury's succession to that of Raif fitz Hubert,64 the appearance of Henry de Albini, founder of the Cainho line, as successor to Nigel, and the portions of the great Belvoir fief', held in Domesday by Robert de Todeni, now owned by Robert de L'Isle and Wil11am de Albini "Brito." In the midst of great but vanished names, it is pleasant to meet with one, at least, still surviving in the male line: William de Gresley, holder of Linton (a Derbyshire hamlet close to Gresley), had succeeded, there and at "Widesers," Nigel, a tenant of Henry de Ferrers in 1086 (D. B., i. 233 b),65 In this " Nigel," therefore, it would seem, we have Nigel de Stafford, Lord of Drakelow
(D. B., i. 278).
I xviii close with the names of those who had succeeded the Domesday tenants-in-chief.
Count of Meulan.
56 See also supra, p. 155.
57 Infra, p. 514.
58 Sloane Cart., xxxi. 4.
59 Liber Rubezes, Ed. H all, p. 266.
60 Ib., p. 268.
62 Sloane, xxxi. 4, No. 10.
63 They are "Nigellus de Aubeni, Ran[ulfus] Comes Cestrie, Galtridus Cancellarius, Simon decanus Lincolnie, Willelmus fil' Reg', Thomas de Sancto Johanne, WiIlelmus de Aubeny Brito, Unfridus de Bohun et alii." The Dean's occurrence so late is worth noting.
64 Compare "The Barons of Criche" (Academy, June, 1885).
65 That William was his son is proved by the Ferrers Carla (1166), which enters "Willelmus filius Nigelli" as the tenant of four fees under Henry I., and as succeeded, in 1166,by his son Robert.
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