Baldwin Malet (c.1122 - c.1193) MP

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Birthplace: Curry Mallet, Somersetshire, England
Death: Died in Somersetshire, England
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About Baldwin Malet

Baldwin Malet is undoubtedly the first of the Malets of Enmore, but there are two different theories as to how he came into the possession of that estate during the first half of the 12th century. Arthur Malet, writing in 1885 and using as his base a theory put forward earlier by Sir William Pole, suggests that Hugh Fichet was the biological father of Baldwin Malet. According to this theory, Hugh was born a Malet, but changed his name to Fichet when his father fell into disfavour with the King and was banished from England. The main argument for this comes from a deed of land in which Baldwin describes Hugh Fichet as his father and Basilea as his mother (written in Latin).

G.E.G. Malet, writing in 1938-9 in "The Genealogist" magazine, argues that the Latin terms used in the deed could equally be interpreted as meaning "Father-In-Law" and "Mother-In-Law", and therefore there is no reason to follow Sir William Pole's theory. He posits that it is much more likely that Baldwin was a younger son of Robert Malet, Baron of Curry Mallet, who married Emma, step-daughter of Hugh Fichet, and heiress to the Enmore Estates, held by her mother Basilea in her own right.

The latter theory has been followed here, but the former is presented for interest below.

Excerpt from "Notices of an English Branch of the Malet Family", by Arthur Malet, published 1885, pp 27-28, appendix D1-D2:

BALDWIN MALET OF ENMORE

Baldwin Malet was the son of Hugh Fichet and his wife Domina Basilea, and succeeded his father at Enmore. The first notice with a date that we have of him is in Lord William Malet's return of his fees in 1156, the second of the reign of Henry II, in which we find Baldwinus Malet 2 milites et 3m. partem.*

There are extant two deeds of Baldwin's,** in one of which he writes, "I Baldwin Malet son of Hugh Fichet of Enmore," and to which "Domina Basilea my mother," and "Constantia daughter of Basilea," are among the witnesses. To this deed is affixed a seal the device of which is "a man armed cap-a -pied with sword and shield on horseback, circumscribed 'sigillum Baldwin Malet.'" The other is a deed by which he confirms a grant of land which " Hugh Fichet my father gave," and with the "agreement and consent of Domina Emma my wife and of my heirs." To this deed is affixed the remarkable seal adverted to in the immediately preceding account of Hugh Fichet. I have transcribed both of these deeds from Sir A. Malet's copy of Sir Wm. Pole's collections. It seems to me that the first deed must have been executed shortly after his father's death; it is probable that his accession to the estate and the resumption of his family name required a reconciliation with the King, after which he adopted the seal which was affixed to the second deed, which must have been executed at a later period.

Baldwin had issue by his wife Domina Emma, daughter of Hugh de Neville, William his heir.

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Baldwin Malet's Timeline

1122
1122
Somersetshire, England
1148
1148
Age 26
Somersetshire, England
1171
1171
Age 49
England
1193
1193
Age 71
Somersetshire, England
1195
1195
Age 71
Enmore Sutten Malet, Somerset