William Biset


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William Biset

  • Marriage: Hawise
  • Died: After 1136, Nottingham Castle, Nottinghamshire, England

bullet  General Notes:

K. S. B. Keats-Rohan, Domesday Descendants, Vol. II, William Biset, p. 177

bullet  Noted events in his life were:

• Background Information. 1006
William Carpentar, by the consent of Henry Biset, his Son, and of Manasser Biset, his own Brother, and of Ernulphus Biset, his Nephew, gave his Mill on Doverbek, called Clive-Milne, to the Priory of Thurgarton, for the Souls of William Biset his Father, and Howisa his Mother, and Susanna his Wife, and Henry Biset, and Ausoldus his Brothers, and Henry his Nephew, and all his Ancestors, so that the said Mill should be towards the building of the new Church; and when that should be finished, to be expended amongst the Friars, reserving to himself and his Heirs, the multure of the Corn of his Demesne, when he would grind there. With this he gave himself Living if he pleased; or if he died in England, there to be buried. [Reg. de Thurg. p. 56] .

~Thoroton's History of Nottinghamshire, Volume I, pp. 292-300

• Web Reference: Charles Cawley's Medieval Lands, William Bisset.
The 1130 Pipe Roll records "Willelmo Bisete" holding land in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire [Pipe Roll 31 Hen I (1129/30), Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire, p. 11]. "Domini eorum Willelmus Bisete et Ansoldus filius eius" confirmed the donation of land "in territorio de Briostel...et mansuram in terra Teoleti" (on which Lannoy abbey was built) made by "Lambertus de Bretesel et filii eius Renoldus et Rogerius" by charter dated 1136 [Deladreue, L. E. 'Histoire de l'abbaye de Lannoy', Mémoires de la Société Académique d' Archéologie, Sciences et Arts du département de l' Oise, Tome X (Beauvais, 1877) ("Lannoy"), I, p. 629].

William Bisset married Hawise, of unknown parents. This marriage is confirmed by an undated charter in which their son "Willielmus Carpentarius" donated "molendinum meum de Cliva" to Thurgarton Priory, for the souls of "patris mei Willielmi Bisset et matris meæ Hawisæ et uxoris meæ Susannæ et…fratris mei Henrici Bisset et Ausoldi fratris mei et Henrici nepotis mei" [Dugdale Monasticon, Vol. VI.1, Thurgarton Priory, Nottinghamshire, IX, p. 191].

• Information: Bisset/Zouche . 172
From: Reedpcgen<reedpcgen@aol.com >
Date: 1 Apr 1999 22:23:18 GMT

A kind soul has faxed me the pertinent pages of the Cirencester Cartulary. I therefore make this addendum to my initial post, leaving the full explanation for next week. The information it contains has only reinforced my previous conclusions. William Biset, first documented ancestor of this family in England, was a baron of Stephen, Count of Aumale and lord of Holderness, Yorkshire [EYC, etc.]. William Biset and his wife, Hawise were parents of at least six children (possibly seven):

1. William "Carpentarius" of East Bridgford, Nottingham, married Susanna ___ and had a son and heir named Henry (d. by 1212). It seems logical to conclude that it was this Henry--who had Nottingham/Yorkshire ties--who married Aubrey Fitz Eustace, sister of John the Constable, and that she survived him to marry William d'Aubigny of Belvoir.

2. Manasser Biset, steward to Henry II by 1153, d. 1177, had lands in Notts. [but this land he gave to his brother William, ending his interests there], Worcs., ,Wilts., and Hants. [but no evidence of Yorkshire lands], and Gloucs.

3. Henry Biset [liv. ca. 1156-61?]

4. Ausold/Ansold Biset [liv. ca. 1156-61?]

5. Bartholomew Biset [liv. a. 1166], apparently father of William Biset.

6. Felicia Biset, who married Ansfrid Thorel, alias de la Marche, and received interests in the Gloucestershire manor of Wigwold.

?7. Robert Biset, who witnessed one of the charters, and was therefore contemporaneous.

Also, there was a Henry Biset, living 1231, who married Sibyl, eldest of the three daughters and coheirs of Adam son of Burnell de Amenville/Dampnevill and his wife Petronille, who was then suing for his wife's interests in Yorkshire.


William married Hawise.


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