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Notes for Sir William (II) Malet Lord of Curry Mallet
It is not certain that Gilbert was his father.  But that this William is descended from the earlier Malets of Curry Malet is reasonably certain.  So this link has been made until more information is found.  See the note for his purported grandfather William Malet who d. in 1169.  Sanders, in his English baronies, p. 38, traces the succession of the manor of Curry Malet through these people.

Wm. & Bertha had a third dau. Bertha who dsp before Easter 1221. (Sanders, p. 39)
Arms Generally notes for Sir William (II) Malet Lord of Curry Mallet
In his “Notices of an English branch of the Malet family”, printed by Harrison & Sons in 1885, p. 7, Arthur Malet writes that ‘It is not even known whether the congnizance of the three fermalets or buckles was borne by the family at the time of the invasion of England, or whether it was, as were so many other distinguishing coasts of arms adopted at the time of the crusades, from which time till the present it has been borne by the various French branches of the family; it was also borne by the the descendants of Durand Malet of Irby’.

This allows him to be the more believed when he asserts on pp. 77-78 that the arms of the Malets of Corry Malet were:

  Ermine a lion passant

and cites a document with the seal of Alice Basset containing the arms of Bassett with these arms, indubitably those of mallet.
Armorial Blazon notes for Sir William (II) Malet Lord of Curry Mallet
BOMC has:

  Gules a lion rampant Or surmounted by a bend Ermine.

NSMCD&B has nothing.
DNB Main notes for Sir William (II) Malet Lord of Curry Mallet
Malet or Mallet, William fl. 1195-1215

Name: Malet or Mallet, William
Dates: fl. 1195-1215
Active Date: 1205
Gender: Male

Field of Interest: Land Ownership
Occupation: Baron of Curry Mallet and Shepton Mallet, Somerset
Spouse: Alicia, the daughter of Thomas Basset
Likenesses: 1...
Sources: Stubbs's Select Charters, p. 306, and Constitutional History, i...
Contributor: C. E. M. [Charles Edward Mallet]

Malet or Mallet, William fl. 1195-1215, baron of Curry Mallet and Shepton Mallet, Somerset, was the descendant in the fourth generation of Gilbert, brother of Robert [q.v.], and the younger son of William Malet [q.v.] of Graville. He was in Normandy with King Richard in 1195; in the following year he paid a fine of 100l. for livery of his inheritance; in 1204 he paid to the king a hundred shillings for liberty to sue William de Evermue for the lordship of Swinton; in 1211 he was appointed sheriff of Dorset and Somerset; and in 1214 he served King John with ten knights and twenty soldiers in Poitou. In the following year Malet took a prominent part on the popular side in the struggle between the king and the barons. He joined the confederacy of the barons at Stamford in Easter week, 1215, and was one of the twenty-five barons subsequently elected to guarantee the observance of the Great Charter. For the part which he took in the events of that year he was personally excommunicated, together with thirty other barons, by the pope. He appears to have died shortly afterwards, for early in the reign of Henry III his estates are found in possession of his two sons-in-law, Hugh de Vivonia and Robert Mucegros, who are ordered to pay into the treasury a fine which Malet had incurred. Malet married Alicia, the daughter of Thomas Basset, and his possessions passed to his two daughters, Mabel and Helewise, who became respectively the ancestresses of the families of Beauchamp and Poyntz. Monuments of this branch of the family still exist in the churches of Curry Mallet and Shepton Mallet.

Stubbs's Select Charters, p. 306, and Constitutional History, i. 541-2; Rymer's Federa, i. 211-12, ed. 1704; Dugdale's Baronage, i. 111; A. Malet's Notices of the Malet Family, and in particular the private manuscripts in the possession of Sir Henry Malet.

Contributor: C. E. M.

published  1893
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