William Malet 1
WILLIAM Malet (-1169). According to Domesday Descendants, William was the son of Robert Malet. A close relationship is indicated by the Red Book of the Exchequer entry which indicates that William had succeeded Robert in landholdings, but they could have been brothers or father and son. Steward of Henry II King of England. The 1155 Pipe Roll records "Willo Malet" in Somerset, Dorset and Wiltshire. The 1156 Pipe Roll records "Willo Malet" in Kent. The 1157 Pipe Roll records "Will. Maled" in Buckinghamshire and Bedfordshire, and in Northamptonshire, both under "Nova Placita& Noue Conuentiones". The Red Book of the Exchequer refers to "Willelmo Malet viii l" in Somerset in [1161/62]. It is not certain that all these entries refer to the same person. Military fee certifications in the Red Book of the Exchequer, in 1166, record that "Robertus Malet" used to hold ten knights´ fees from the abbot of Glastonbury in Somerset "tempore Regis Henrici" (presumably indicating King Henry I) and that "Hubertus de Sancta Susanna" now held two of these and "Willelmus Malech" now held twelve, another section recording the knights´ fees held from "Willelmi Malech" in Somerset. "Roberto …Willelmo Malet dapifero…" subscribed the charter dated 1168 under which Henry II King of England confirmed the property "in manerio de Hinton" of "Roberto de Basoges" granted to him by "comes Conanus".
• Occupation: Baron of Curry Malet, High Sheriff of Somerset and Dorset. 2
William next married Eugenia Picot Heiress of Tong, daughter of Ralph Picot of Tong, Sheriff of Kent and Ethelreda de Port, before 1165. (Eugenia Picot Heiress of Tong was born about 1154-1155 and died after 1194.)
1 Frederick Lewis Weis, Jr. Walter Lee Sheppard, William Ryland Beall, Kaleen E. Beall, <i>Ancestral Roots Of Certain American Colonists Who Came To America Before 1700: Lineages from Alfred the Great, Charlemagne, Malcolm of Scotland, Robert the Strong, and Other Historical Individuals</i> (Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 2004 (Reprint)), 234A:26.
2 Paul B. McBride, Paul B. McBride's Genealogy.
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