Ma25 William Malet II, Baron Curry Malet was the son of Gilbert Malet (Ma26), Baron Curry Malet and Alice Picot
|Born: 1166, Curry Malet, Somerset, England
Married: Alice Bassett
Died: 1217, Curry Malet, Somerset, England at age 51
| William Malet and Alich Bassett had issue:
(Ma241) Bertha Malet
(Ma24-2) Willaim Malet, d before 1217
(Ma24-3) Hugh Malet, d before 1217
(Ma24) Mabel Malet
(Ma24-5) Hawise Malet
|Magna Charta Surety, 1215, descendant of William Malet, Lord Malet,
general and companion of William the Conqueror, Baron of Curry, and High
Sheriff of Somerset and Dorset.
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.