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Robert Malet, Baron of Curry Mallet

Birthdate: (75)
Birthplace: Curry Mallet, Somerset, England
Death: 1155 (71-79)
Langport, Somerset, England
Immediate Family:

Son of Gilbert Malet, Baron of Eye and NN. de Corcelle
Husband of Unknown
Father of Baldwin Malet
Brother of Dionysia Malet and Gilbert Malet
Half brother of William Malet, I

Occupation: Baron of Curry Malet
Managed by: Pam Wilson
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About Robert Malet, Baron of Curry Mallet

ROBERT1 MALET was born between 999 and 1142, and died between 1059 and 1156[1]. [4, 10, 7]

Turton shows him as son of William Malet (son of Robert Malet and Elise Crispin).

Buck & Beard show him as son of Gilbert Malet (son of William Malet, follower of William the Conqueror, and Elisa Crispin).

Weis lists him as thought gr.s. William Malet, d. 1071, at Battle of Hastings 1066.


+ 2 i. WILLIAM2 I, d. in 1169.


Lord William Malet


Hesila Crispin


Gilbert Malet

(-After 1078)

Daughter Of Decorreole


Robert Malet Baron Of Curry Malet

(-After 1130)

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   * William Malet+

Robert Malet Baron Of Curry Malet

   * Born: Curry Malet, England
   * Marriage: Unknown
   * Died: After 1130, Curry Malet, England


1. Frederick Lewis Weis, "Ancestral Roots of Certain American Colonists", 7th ed. (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999).

2. Pedigrees of Some of the Emperor Charlemagne's Descendants, Compiled by J. Orton Buck, and Timothy Beard, 1978, published by the Order of the Crown of Charlemagne, page 292.

3. W. H. Turton, "Plantagenet Ancestry" (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1928), 134.

4. Ibid., 292.

At the time of Domesday, in 1086, the Malet family does not appear to have held any land in Somerset, but by the mid 12th century, they seem to have come into possession of at least some of the lands held at the time of Domesday by Roger de Courseulles (Corcelle?), most notably "Sepetone" and "Curi", towns known as "Shepton Mallet" and "Curry Mallet", today. How this came about is not really known, but one theory holds that Gilbert Malet, the second son of William married either a sister or daughter of Roger de Courseulles, and that Gilbert's son Robert inherited his mother's estates upon the death of de Courseulles c1100.

In any event, the first Malet at Curry Malet appears to have been Robert, who is mentioned in connection with Warminster, Wilts., in 1130. Whether there is any direct connection between this Malet family and William Malet of 1066 fame is open to question, because there is no direct evidence linking the two families, but it is generally accepted that they likely are connected. This family lent it's name to several towns in Somerset, including Curry Mallet, Shepton Mallet, and Sutton Mallet.

Robert was followed, some time before 1156, by William I Malet d. 1169. Gilbert Malet, who succeeded, d. 1194 leaving William II d. circa 1216. His heirs were his daughters Helewise, Mabel, and Bertha. William II, Sheriff of Somerset and Dorset, was one of the 25 Surety Barons, and signatory of the Magna Carta.

The Curry Mallet line ends with William II. His daughters Helewise and Mabel married Hugh Poyntz and Hugh de Vivonia respectively, and most of the Malet lands passed to these two families, with the exception of those lands held by the Malets residing at Enmore Castle.

  • Robert Malet

born abt 1080 Curry Malet, Somerset, England

died 1155


  • William Malet

born 1026 Grenville, St. Honorine, Normandy

died 1071

Curry Malet, Somersetshire


  • Hesila Crispin

born about 1030

died about 1060

married about 1045


  • Beatrice de Malet born about 1044 Alkborough, Lincolnshire, England


  • Miss De Corcelle

born Abt 1072 Of, Graville, Normandy, France

married Abt 1093 Of Graville, Normandy, France

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  • William I Malet

born abt 1110 Curry Malet, Somerset, England

died 1169

biographical and/or anecdotal:

notes or source:


He was feudal Baron of Curry Malet (before 1135). He is believed to have been a grandson of William Malet. He was mentioned in connection with Warminster, Wiltshire in 1130.

Arms of Malet, of Curry Malet: Azure three escallops Or.

2. Gilbert Malet, successor to his brother, Robert, left a son, Robert.

• 3. Robert Malet, who before 1130 acquired the barony of Curry Malet in co. Somerset. He died before 1155, leaving a son, William.

• 4. William Malet, baron of Curry Malet, had other estates as well, in Sussex, Surrey, Kent, and Suffolk. He was Steward to King Henry II. and died in 1169 or 1170. He had a son, Gilbert.

• 5. Gilbert Malet was also Steward to King Henry II. and baron of Curry Malet. He married Alice Picot, daughter of Ralph Picot, Sheriff of Kent. They had several sons, including William.

• 6. William II Malet, the Surety of the Magna Charta, was mentioned in 1194 as a minor, in connection with an expedition made that year into Normandy. His principal estate was Curry-Malet. From 1210 to 1214 he was Sheriff of the counties of Somerset and Dorset. When he joined with the barons against King John and became one of the twenty-five Sureties his lands in four counties were confiscated and given to his son-in-law, Hugh de Vivonia, and to his father-in-law, Thomas Basset, and Malet was excommunicated by the Pope in 1216. He was also fined 2,000 marks, but this remained unpaid until after his death, and at that time 1,000 marks were remitted, being found due him for military service to King John at Poitou. It is interesting to note that there were five contemporary relatives named William Malet, and they all held lands in England or in Jersey. He died about 1217, having married Mabel (Alice) (Alicia) Basset, daughter of Thomas Basset, of Headington. She survived him and married (2) John Biset. William and his wife had two sons who died in their father's lifetime and three daughters as follows:

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Robert Malet, Baron of Curry Mallet's Timeline

Curry Mallet, Somerset, England
Age 42
Somersetshire, England
Age 75
Langport, Somerset, England