'Malet1'Index links to: Lead / Letter
Families covered: Malet of Curry Malet, Malet of Deandon, Malet of Enmore, Malet of Eye

Robert Malet (a Norman)
m. ?? (an English lady)
A few web sites suggest that the mother of the following William Malet was a daughter of Leofric, Earl of Mercia (who died in 1057). Whilst it is surely more likely that she was a generation or two before rather than after the Earl, because Leofric's wife was Lady Godiva, sister of Sheriff Thorold who is shown below as husband of 'the Countess Lucy' (William Malet's granddaughter), such a connection might help explain why Lucy is sometimes referred to as a daughter of Aelfgar, Leofric's son and successor.
1. William Malet, Sire de Graville, Sheriff of York (d c1071)§B
  m. Hesilia Crispin (dau of Gilbert Crispin de Bec)
BP1934 starts with this William but does not identify his wife other than to say that he was "connected by marriage with William the Conqueror and King Harold". The Mallet site names her Heselia Crispin without identifying her further. We initially followed the lead of various web sites in showing his wife as Hesilia, daughter of Gilbert, Count de Brionne, but later accepted that she was probably of the family of Gilbert Crispin de Bec. However, that understanding has led to nervousness that there is confusion on this page as the Crispin source suggests that her husband was Robert Malet, not William, and reports a source as saying that she was probably the mother of the William Malet who fought at Senlac, more commonly called the Battle of Hastings (1066). This would make Hesilia William's mother rather than his wife. Furthermore, as Hesilia and Elise appear to be variations of the same name, and noting the confusion between Gilbert de Bec and Gilbert de Brionne, we are concerned that Elisee de Brionne, shown as wife of the following Robert, may be being confused with Hesilia Crispin. This requires further investigation.
  A. Robert Malet of Eye (d Tinchebrai 1106, Lord Chamberlain)
  Robert is reported to have wanted Robert 'Curthose' to have succeeded William the Conqueror in England as well as Normandy and to have been banished by William 'Rufus' when he took the crown instead. He continued to support the Robert and died at Tinchebrai (Tinchebray) where the youngest brother Henry (Henry I of England) defeated Robert to keep England and Normandy under single control. Some sources say that his family fell into disgrace, losing the 'Honour' of Eye, which is why a son/grandson, Hugh, changed his name to Fitchet.
  m. Elisee de Brionne identified on various web sites including 'the Mallet site', see note about Hesilia Crispin above
  i. William Malet of Eye
  a. Ernest Malet, Sire de Graville ancestor of Malets in France
  b. Hugh Malet thought by some, including BP1934, to have been Hugh Fitchet - see note ## below
  B. Gilbert Malet 'of Curry Malet'
  i. Robert Malet of Curry Malet
  Some web sites show this Robert to be the Robert we show as his uncle. The following comes mainly from the Mallet site.
  a. William Malet of Curry Malet (d 1169)
  m. Maud Mortimer
(1) Gilbert Malet of Curry Malet (d 1194)
  m. Alice Picot (dau of Ralph Picot)
  (A) William Malet of Curry Malet (d 1217)
  m. (1204) Alice Basset (dau of Thomas Basset, lord of Headington)
  (i) Helewise or Hawise Malet (d 04.05.1287) H
  m1. (before 23.03.1216/7) Hugh Poyntz (d before 1220)
  m2. Sir Robert de Musegros of Brynham, Cherleton and Norton (b 1198, d 29.01.1253/4) H
(ii) Mabel Malet
  m1. Nicholas Avenal
  m2. (before 1223) Hugh de Vivonia (or Vyvon, in Poitou) of Chewton
  (a) John de Vyvon (dsp 1314)
  (b) William Fort de Vivonne (or Vyvon) of Chewton (d by 22.05.1259)
  This connection is supported by TCP (Derby).
  m. Maud Ferrers (d 12.03.1298/9, dau of William de Ferrers, 5th Earl of Derby)
  ((1)) Joan de Vyvon (b 1251, d 01.06.1314)
  m. Reynold FitzPiers, Sheriff of Hampshire (d 05.1286)
  ((2)) Sibyl de Vyvon (b 1253, a 07.1306)
  m. Guy de Rochechouart
  ((3)) Mabel de Vyvon (b 1255, a 02.1290/1)
  m. Fulk, Sn d'Archiac (a 1294)
((4)) Cicely de Vyvon (b 1257, d 10.01.1320/1)
  m. John de Beauchamp of Hatch (d 24.10.1283)
  (c) Hawise de Vyvon
  m. Walter de Wahull (d 1269)
  (iii)+ other issue - Hugh, William, Bertha
  (B) Sir Ralph Malet
  (i) Sir William Malet
  (a) daughter
  m1. Sir Simon de Hestercombe
  m2. Sir Thomas de Timworth
  (b) Amice Malet
  m. Sir Walter de Gayton
  (C)+ other issue - Robert, Gilbert
  b. Sir Baldwin Malet of Enmore
  BP1934 shows Sir Baldwin as son of Hugh Fitchet, younger son of William Malet of Eye (see ## above). The Mallet web site reports that this view is not unknown, being based on research published in 1885, but reports also research published in 1938-9 which suggested that this may have been based on a misinterpretation with the descent shown here being more likely. That site also reports the suggestion that reference to Fichet may have come through Sir Baldwin's wife, Emma, who may have been daughter or step-daughter of Hugh Fichet whose wife Basilea may have been the heiress of Enmore. BP1934 identifies Baldwin's wife as ...
  m. Emma de Neville (dau of Hugh de Neville)
  (1) Sir William Malet of Enmore this generation omitted by BP1934
  m. Maud de Kitemore (dau of Adam de Kitemore)
  (A) Sir William Malet of Enmore (d 1252)
  m. Sara de Sully (dau of Raymond de Sully)
  (i) Sir William Malet of Enmore (a 1264)
  m. Maria
  (a) Sir Baldwin Malet of Enmore (d 1279)
  m. (1272) Mabel de Deandon (dau of Sir Hamelyn de Deandon)
((1)) Sir John Malet of Enmore (d 1287)
  m. Sibylla de St Cleere (dau of Sir Robert de St Cleere)
  ((A)) Sir Baldwin Malet of Enmore and Deandon (b 1284, d 1343)
  m. Avicia (Anne or Hawise) Ralegh (dau of Sir Simon Ralegh)
  ((i)) Sir John Malet of Enmore and Deandon (d c1349)
  m. Elizabeth Kingston (dau of Sir John Kingston)
  ((a)) Sir Baldwin Malet of Enmore and Deandon (d 1416)
m1. Elizabeth Trivett (dau of Sir Thomas Trivett)
  m2. Amicia Lyffe (dau of Richard Lyffe of Corypole)
  ((b))+ other issue - John, Hawise, Constantine
  ((ii))+ other issue - Baldwin, Walter, Richard, Isabel, Maud, Johanna, Alice
  ((B)) Thomas Malet
  ((2)) Robert Malet
  ((A)) Milicent Malet
  m. Laurence de Broc
  (b) Raymund Malet
  m. Melicent
  ii. Dionysia Malet
  m. Roger de Argentein of Croxton
C. Beatrice Malet
  m(1). William of Arques = William d'Arches possiblyWilliam, Vicomte d'Arques or William d'Arques ?? HJY
Beatrice's second marriage shown below (which is not mentioned in the Mallet web site identified below) is based on the presumption that the following Lucy was the offspring of such a marriage. According to TCP, which dedicates a whole Appendix to 'the Countess Lucy' (Appendix J in Volume VII), her parentage "is one of the unsolved puzzles of genealogy". It reports an early chronicle as saying that "she was a daughter of Aelfgar, Earl of Mercia, and niece or grandniece of Thorold, sometime Sheriff of co. Lincoln". HOWEVER, TCP also says "All that is certainly known is that she was niece of Robert Malet of Eye and of Alan of Lincoln, and that Thorold the Sheriff was a kinsman." TCP then reports the view that she was daughter of Thorold, Sheriff of Lincolnshire. There appear to be arguments for both theories, both of which make reference to the inheritance of various lands. We show her here because at least some 'serious' modern genealogists seem to lean strongly towards the view that she was daughter of Sheriff Thorold (Turold of Bucknell) by a daughter of William de Malet. As it is suggested in various web sites that William de Malet had only one daughter, Beatrice, and as it appears to be certain that she was married to William of Arques, it is assumed that she married twice.
  m(2). Thorold or Turold of Bucknell or Bucknall, Sheriff of Lincolnshire (d by 1079)
  i. Lucy ('the Countess Lucy')§T§ GHJRSY
  Some web sites show two generations of Lucy, often with the second one (shown as wife of the Earl of Chester) being a daughter of Ivo Taillebois by the first one. TCP notes this view but reports "Charter evidence, however, proves that there was only one Lucy."
  m1. Ivo Taillebois, Sheriff of Lincoln, lord of Kendal (d c1094) HJY
  m2. Roger FitzGerold de Roumare  
  m3. (c1098) Ranulph de Meschines, 1st Earl of Chester (b c1070, d 01.1128-9) GHJRSY
2. Durand had issue
Reported by BEB1841 (Peyton of Iselham) was the following Walter, younger brother of William Mallet, Sheriff of Yorkshire. MGH (NS3 vol 5 (1904), 'Pedigree of Mallet and Peyton', p51) supports that albeit showing Walter with elder sons Rilbert & William of Cory Mallett and a younger brother Robert of York (dsp).
3. Walter, lord of Sibton
  A. Robert of Sibton & Horham, Suffolk mentioned by MGH
  m. ?? de Casineto (dau/heir of Raylfe de Casineto)
  B. Reginald (Reynolde) de Peyton of Peyton Hall

Main source(s): BP1934 (Malet), www.mallettfamilyhistory.org (referred to above as the "Mallet site") with support from various other web sites
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