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The Norman Thurston "The Norman" Bassett

Also Known As: "/"Thurston the Norman"/", "The Norman", ""the /Norman"/Basset"
Birthplace: Ouilly Basset, Normandy, France
Death: Died in Drayton, Staffordshire, England
Immediate Family:

Son of Robert de Banastre, II and N.N.
Husband of unknown wife Thurston Bassett
Father of Maude de Comyn; Richard Basset and Ralph Bassett, Justiciar of England
Half brother of Richard de Banastre; Thurstan de Banastre, of Normandy and Warin de Banastre

Occupation: Knight
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About Thurston "The Norman" Bassett

spouse unknown -

other websites show Nance Thurstine Bassett or Isabel ???.

Primary line is connected through unknown, other siblings have been left as connected by their managers.

Documentation requested.

The name of Basset is well known in British annals, and is prominent in the history of the Landed Gentry of England. According to Burke, the family of Basset, eminent amongst the baronial houses of England, derives its descent from Thurston Basset, a Norman, to whom the Conqueror gave the manor of Drayton in Staffordshire. (from History of the Town of Hamden, Connecticut: With an Account of the Centennial Celebration, June 15th, 1886 By William P Blake Published by Printed and published by Price, Lee & Co., 1888 Original from Harvard University Digitized Apr 16, 2007)

Thurston, whom we find on the Roll of Battle Abbey, came over with the Conqueror. (from Cornish worthies By Walter Hawken Tregellas)

Thurston, a Norman Baron, was the founder of the family in England. He held five hides of land at Drayton. (The Beauties of England and Wales: Or, Delineations, Topographical, Historical, and Descriptive, of Each County By John Britton, James Norris Brewer, Edward Wedlake Brayley, Frederic Shoberl, Joseph Nightingale, John Hodgson, Francis Charles Laird, John Bigland, John Evans, Thomas Rees Published by Verner & Hood, 1813 Item notes: v.19 Original from the University of Michigan Digitized Sep 12, 2007)


Thurstan was NOT of Staffordshire. In Domesday book the last four entries for Oxfordshire were wrongly placed in the Staffordshire section and this included the entry for a Thurstan (NO basset). Subsequently because the Bassetts held Drayton (Bassett) in Staffordshire, it has been wrongly assumed that Thurstan was of the Bassetts of Drayton (Bassett).

This was first reported by Rev Eyton in the late 1800s and has in recent years been confirmed by Hull University who published their DVD - Domesday Explorer - after ten years of research.

David Swinscoe

Thurstan (Thurston) de Banastre formerly Banastre

Born c. 1057 in Normandy ,Francemap Son of Robert (Banastre) de Banastre and [mother unknown] [sibling(s) unknown] [spouse(s) unknown] Father of Maud (Banastre) Comyn Died [date unknown] [location unknown]

Ouilly-Basset, Normandy, France; s/o Fouque (Fulco) de Aulney m.abt.1075 of Drayton Basset, Staffordshire, England; ukn

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Thurston "The Norman" Bassett's Timeline

October 20, 1050
Ouilly Basset, Normandy, France
Age 9
Age 25
Staffordshire, England
Age 37
Basset, Leicestershire, England
Age 77
Drayton, Staffordshire, England
September 4, 1935
Age 78