Thomas Basset Sheriff of Oxford
- Born: 1125, Wellingford, Oxfordshire, England
- Marriage: Adeliza de Dunstainville
- Died: Bef 1183, Wellingford, Oxfordshire, England
~A Synopsis of peerage of England, Vol. I, p. 43, Baron by Tenure, Henry II, Thomas Basset, son and heir, living, 1178 849
K. S. B. Keats-Rohan, Domesday Descendants, Vol. II, Thomas Basset, p. 167
Noted events in his life were:
• Background Information. 852
Thomas Basset was the son and heir of Gilbert son of Ralph Basset the Judiciary. He was rewarded for his military serices to the King Henry II in divers wars with the lordship of Hedendon in Oxfordshire, together with the hundred of Botendon. He was Sheriff of Oxfordshire in 10 henry II, and in 14 Henry II, he was on of the justices itinerant for the counties of Essex and Hertfor. [Madox. i. 587]
Thomas Basset's name frequently appears among the barons acting judicially in the Curia Regis starting in 1175. He served as a justice itinerant for six years in no less than fifteen other counties.
Thomas married Alice, the daughter of _____ Dunstsanville, and died before 1183, the year which his eldest son, Gilbert succeeded him, as well as when he founded the priory of Bicester, in Oxfordshire. Besides Gilbert, Thomas and Alice had two other sons, Thomas and Alan, who, like many in his family, also became a judge.
[Sources cited: Dugdale's Baron. i. 383; Madox, i. 94; Pipe Rolls, Henry II.]
~Biographia Juridica, p. 58
• Background Information. 855
Thomas Basset married Alice, daughter of Robert de Dunstanville, lord of Islip and other neighbouring manors. He was High Sheriff of Oxon and Berks in 1163, and appointed as on of the 18 Itinerant Justices with Oxon and the adjoining counites. He served King Henry II in various wars during Henry's reign, and was rewarded by a grant of the lordship of Hedendon, the Hudred of Boledon, and the Hundred without the North Gate of Oxford in fee farm at a yearly rent of £20. He died the same year he recieved the mark of royal favor, leaving one daughter and three sons, Gilbert, Thomas, and Alan.
~Deanery of Bicester, Part II, History of Bicester, its town and Priory, p. 4
Thomas married Adeliza de Dunstainville, daughter of Alan de Dunstainville Lord of Burpham and Emma de Langetot. (Adeliza de Dunstainville was born about 1118 in Castle Combe, Wiltshire, England and died after 1186.)