Hawise (prob. le DESPENSER)

     (The identity of Ralph Basset's wife Hawise is unknown, but recently Douglas Richardson and John P. Ravilious have advanced evidence for a le Despenser connection)

    External page: John P. Ravilious is one of the premier genealogists of medieval Britain. Click to browse some of his other recent research, with his supporting evidence.
    Note: The conclusion, by Mr. Ravilious, that Ralph Basset's wife was indeed a Despencer, is a marvelous example of medieval genealogical deduction.
    There is a famous brass commemorating the 1347 death of Hugh de Hastings (of Gressing Hall), q.v., showing King Edward III and 7 other weepers. These weepers include 2 nephews of the deceased, 3 1st cousins, one 1st cousin 1x removed, and Ralph Stafford (1301 - 1372), q.v., who had no previously known kinship relation to Hugh de Hastings. Hugh de Hastings would be the grandnephew of Hawise Despenser (if she existed), who was previously conjectured to be Ralph Stafford's grandmother.
    This would make the 7th weeper to be 2nd cousin of the deceased, hence promoting Hawise's Despencer connection from `possible' to `probable.'

Poss. HM George I's 28-Great Grandmother.       Poss. HRE Charles VI's 12-Great Grandmother.       U.S. President [W. HARRISON]'s 15-Great Aunt.       PM Churchill's 18-Great Aunt.       Lady Diana's 19-Great Aunt.       PM Cameron's 19-Great Aunt.       Gen. Pierpont Hamilton's 20-Great Aunt.       Poss. Agnes Harris's 15-Great Aunt.       `Osawatomie' Brown's 18-Great Aunt.

 Husband/Partner:       Ralph (V; Sir) BASSET
 Possible Children:       Margaret BASSET of DRAYTON   ;   John BASSET   ;   Ralph (VI; V) BASSETT
 Alternative Mothers of Possible Children:       poss. Helvesa (Joan) de GREY   ;   poss. Hawise de QUINCY (q.v., wife of Baldwin Wake)  ;   poss. Hawise de VERE
/-- Ansketil (of Burton) de BERGES   +====> [ 2]
/-- Geoffrey le DESPENSER
/  \-- Rohese
/-- Thomas (Baron) le DESPENSER
/   / OR: poss. Thomas le DESPENSER [alt ped]   +====> [ 7]
/ OR: Geoffrey DESPENSER   +====> [ 7]
\-- poss.  Margaret (de) RISLEY   +====> [ 1]
/ or: prob. Recuara
/ OR: prob. not Rohese (poss. of FOIX)   +==&=> [ 255 ,agC,tmY,&]
/   / or: prob. Recuara
/-- prob.  Hugh (II; Knight; le) DESPENCER
/-- Robert (Sir) de HARCOURT   +==&=> [ 255 ,hgC,r,&]
/-- Richard (Sire) de HARCOURT  (1180? - ?)
/  \-- Isabel (Millicent) de CAMVILLE   +==&=> [ 255 ,hGC,&]
\-- poss.  Emma de HARCOURT  (Worcests. 1206? - 1265+)
/   / or: prob. (Miss) de QUINCY, q.v.
- Hawise (prob. le DESPENSER)
/-- Alan (of High Wycombe) BASSET   +====> [ 255 ,wh,r,&]
/-- Philip (Sir; of Wycombe) BASSETT
/  \-- Aline de GAI   +==&=> [ 255 ,HG,&]
\-- prob.  Aliva (Aline Ellen) BASSETT
/-- Matthew (Sir; de) LOVAINE (LOUVAINE)   +==&=> [ 255 ,hGC,v,&]
/   / or: a brother Nathan
\-- Hawise de LOUVAINE  (Essex 1215? - ?)
\-- Muriel (Amy)  (? - 1275?)

  Her (poss.) Grandchildren:       Ralph de STAFFORD   ;   Catherine de STAFFORD   ;   Richard de STAFFORD   ;   Margaret de STAFFORD   ;   Margaret BASSET   ;   Ralph (VI; VII) BASSETT   ;   John BASSET   ;   Margaret BASSET

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