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The Misplaced Concession to Philip Basset

Tuesday, February 7th, 2012

David Carpenter and William Stewart-Parker write:

Readers of Henry III’s blog may recall the question of the date of the concession to Philip Basset which freed him from 60s a year  owed the king for the manor of Dymock in Gloucestershire. The concession was embodied in a writ to the exchequer dated 7 November 1256 but, puzzlingly,  was enrolled amongst material on the fine rolls dating from late January 1257. (See no.380  in the Calendar and sixteen from the top in this link . The explanation may be as follows. The original concession of Dymock to Basset had indeed been made back on 7 November 1256 (Cal. Patent Rolls 1247-58, 529).  The king was now, in January, going further and feeing him from the annual rent, but to ensure this concession ran from the date of the original grant, this was the date put on the writ sent to the exchequer.

The concession of Dymock to Basset had been made at the instance of Richard of Cornwall.  The manor had been granted by the king to Ela, countess of Warwick, but only during her widowhood. When, therefore, she married Basset a fresh concession was necessary if he was to obtain the manor.  Both the marriage and the grant of Dymock are useful reminders that not all the patronage in this period was going to Henry’s foreign relatives. Basset was conspicuously loyal during the ensuing period of reform and rebellion as readers of Henry III’s blog for 1261 may remember.