|Basset of Beaupré|
Old Beaupré Castle, St. Hilary, Glamorganshire
|Beaupré Castle: phased ground plan. Image: RCAHMW/Crown Copyright. Some rights reserved.|
The irregularity suggests that construction may have taken place in several phases during the 14th century. The hall was relatively small (32x20 ft) and had a simple two-storey parlour block to its west. To the east stood a mural staircase, then a gatehouse (which was apparently closed in and repurposed in the 15th century) and finally the service accommodation. The large and well-preserved kitchen lies at the angle between the hall range and the service range at right-angles to it.
|Beaupré Castle: general view from the north-east. Image: RCAHMW/Crown Copyright Some rights reserved.|
|Beaupré Castle: the outer gatehouse, with crude classical decoration, perhaps of the 1580s. Image: RCAHMW/Crown Copyright. Some rights reserved.|
|Beaupré Castle: the inner porch tower is a more sophisticated classical production, dated 1600.|
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New Beaupré House, St. Hilary, Glamorganshire
|New Beaupré House: the modest building constructed for Daniel Jones in the 1820s and extended by the Basset family, photographed while in use as a hospital during the First World War, from an old postcard.|
Basset family of Beaupré
(1) Jane Basset;(2) James Basset (d. 1502) (q.v.);(3) William Basset (b. c.1477) (q.v.);(4) Thomas Basset of Llantrithyd; married, before 1513, and had issue;(5) Elinor Basset;(6) John Gwyn Basset;(7) Elizabeth Basset;(8) Henry Basset;(9) Richard Basset.
(1) Elinor Basset (d. by 1516) (q.v.).
(1) William Basset (c.1506-86) (q.v.);(2) Christopher Basset of St Athan (Glam); married and had issue.
(1) Richard Basset (c.1535-1614) (q.v.);(2) Arnold Basset (b. c.1542); educated at the Inner Temple (admitted 1560; called to the bar, 1571); barrister-at-law; married Mary Vaughan, and had issue three sons (from whom descended the Bassets of Tregaff) and six daughters;(3) John Basset, of Caerwent (Mon.); married, c.1579, Ann, daughter of Thomas Prichard of Caerwent, and had issue three sons and two daughters;(4) Elizabeth Basset; married Robert Thomas of Brigan, and had issue;(5) Ann Basset; married her cousin, William Basset of St. Athans;(6) Mary Basset; married, after 1586, Dr. Thomas Lyson or Leyshon MD of Neath (Glam.), author of a poem describing the gardens of St. Donat's Castle;(7) Friswith Basset; married Thomas ap William Hopkins of Cwrt-y-Bettws, Llandarcy (Glam.).
(1.1) Edward Basset (b. 1556) (q.v.);(1.2) Thomas Basset of Cogan; married 1st, Mary, daughter of John ap John of Cogan, and had issue two daughters; married 2nd, Elizabeth, daughter of David Evans, and widow of Christopher Van;(1.3) John Basset; possibly the man of this name admitted to Grays Inn in 1580;(1.4) William Basset;(1.5) Ann Basset; married 1st, John or Thomas Powell of Llandough and 2nd, Sir Richard Gamage, kt.;(1.6) Catherine Basset; married Richard Thomas of Brigan;(1.7) A daughter; married William Basset of St. Athans (Glam.).
(1) William Basset (1578-1644) (q.v.);(2) Rev. Richard Basset (c.1586-1645); educated at Christ Church and Lincoln College, Oxford (matriculated 1605; BCL 1625); vicar of Llantrisant, 1611-45 and rector of Llandough; prebendary of Llandaff Cathedral, 1612-44 and of Hereford Cathedral, 1622-45; married, 24 February 1611/2 at Mathern (Mon.), Margaret, daughter of Rt. Rev. Francis Godwin, bishop of Llandaff, 1601-17 and of Hereford, 1617-33, and had issue two sons (the elder of whom succeeded his father as vicar of Llantrisant and prebendary of Llandaff) and two daughters; died January 1644/5, and was buried at Llantrisant, where he was commemorated by a monument in the church porch;(3) Margaret Basset;(4) Ann Basset; married Richard Mason of Croston;(5) Mary Basset; married John Basset of Tregaff;(6) Catherine Basset; married, 3 June 1601, William Thomas of Brychton, barrister-at-law;(7) Elizabeth Basset; married Francis Wyndham, of Somerset.
(1) Sir Richard Basset (c.1602-65) (q.v.);(2) Busbie Basset;(3) Edward Basset;(4) Thomas Basset; married, after 1629, Catherine Powell, and had issue one son and three daughters;(5) John Basset; married Anne (who m2, Morgan Cradoc of Cheriton), daughter of William Prichard of Caerwent, and had issue three sons and one daughter;(6) Jenkin Basset (d. 1672?); said to have died in 1672;(7) William Basset;(8) Mary Basset (d. 1681); married 1st, Leyson Williams (d. 1663) of Aberpergwm (Glam.), gent. and 2nd, [forename unknown] John, and had issue by her first husband; will proved 13 December 1681;(9) Elinor Basset; married Richard Mathew of Llwynrhyddid (Glam.), gent.;(10) Cicil Basset; married Randal Harper (fl. 1642) of Machen (Mon.), gent..
(1.1) Catherine (k/a Kate) Basset (1624-77?), baptised at St Mary Church (Glam.), 14 December 1624; married Edward Mathew of Aberaman (Glam.), and had issue; possibly the woman of this name buried at St John, Cardiff, 4 January 1677;(1.2) Sir William Basset (1627-67) (q.v.);(1.3) Edmund Basset (b. 1629), baptised at St Mary Church (Glam.), 10 February 1629; died young;(1.4) Mary Basset (1632-93), baptised at St Mary Church, 4 December 1632; married 1st, William Games of Brecon, gent., and had issue one son; married 2nd, Rev. James Corry (d. 1688), rector of Leckwith, Llandough and Cogan, and vicar of Penarth and Lavernock, and had issue one son and one daughter; administration of goods granted 6 March 1692/3;(2.1) Jane Basset (b. 1636), baptised at St Mary Church, 28 December 1636; married Ven. Anthony Jones (d. 1678), vicar of Llantrisant, archdeacon of St. Davids, 1667-78 and prebendary of Llandaff, and had issue;(2.2) Elizabeth Basset (1637-86), baptised at St Mary Church, 9 January 1637/8; married William Andrews (d. 1684) of Cadoxton, gent., and had issue at least two sons and two daughters; administration of goods granted 22 January 1687;(2.3) Sir Richard Basset (1638?-91) (q.v.);(2.4) John Basset (d. 1697); married Anna, daughter of Edward Stradling of Roath (Glam.); buried at St Hilary, 28 March 1697;(2.5) Edward Basset (d. 1709); married, Jane [surname unknown] (d. 1695); buried at St Hilary, 28 April 1709.
(2.1) Philip Basset (fl. 1691-1717); an officer in the Scots Fusiliers (Lt., 1711); living in 1717 but died unmarried and without issue;(2.2) Jane Basset (d. 1715), eldest daughter; married, 3 December 1698 at St. Hilary, John Thomas (d. 1701) and had issue one son (who died in infancy); buried at St. Hilary, 31 December 1715;(2.3) Elizabeth Basset (fl. 1691-96), second daughter; married, 20 July 1696 at Lisworney (Glam.), Thomas Powell of Llandough and had issue two sons and one daughter;(2.4) Anne Basset (fl. 1691), third daughter; living in 1691; possibly married [forename unknown] Lewis of Lanishen;(2.5) Priscilla Basset (fl. 1691-98), youngest daughter; married, 29 December 1698 at St Hilary, Thomas Cross of Bristol;(2.6) Lt-Col. Richard Basset (1690-1746) (q.v.).
(2.1) Lt-Col. Henry Basset (c.1729-82) (q.v.).
(1) Capt. James Basset (1750-1825), said to have been baptised 23 January 1749/50; an officer in the 29th Foot (Lt., 1764; Capt., 1774; retired on half-pay); Deputy Inspector-General of Musters and Accounts by 1804; inherited his father's lands in North America and Ireland; lived latterly at The Hermitage, George St., Battle Bridge, St. Pancras (Middx); died unmarried and was buried at East Barnet (Herts), 14 March 1825; will proved in the PCC, 12 April 1825;(2) Brig-Gen. Sir Richard Basset (1751-1806), kt.; an officer in 10th Foot and later 6th West India Regiment (Ensign, 1764; Lt., 1775; Capt., 1778; Br. Maj., 1794; Lt-Col., 1795; Br.Col., 1800; Br. Brig-Gen, 1804); knighted by the Duke of Rutland, 31 October 1785; died unmarried at Brimstone Hill, St. Kitts, 19 May 1806;(3) Catherine Basset (1752-1815), baptised at St. Alkmund, Derby, 16 September 1752; married, 20 December 1781 at St Paul, Shadwell (Middx), William King, and had issue three sons; buried at East Barnet (Herts), 17 May 1815;(4) Barbara Basset (b. 1754), baptised at Dronfield (Derbys), 13 January 1754; probably died young and certainly before 1779;(5) Lt-Col. Thomas Basset (1757-1842) (q.v.);(6) Henry Basset (b. 1759), baptised at St. Alkmund, Derby, 11 July 1759; probably died young, and certainly before 1779.
(1) Catherine Basset (c.1793-1877), born in Canada, c.1793; married, 5 April 1821 at Clewer (Berks), Capt. James Brooks (d. by 1844) of Appledore (Devon), but had no issue; buried at Northam (Devon), 3 March 1877;(2) Richard Basset (1798-1849) (q.v.);(3) James Basset (b. 1800), born 18 January 1800 and baptised at St Pancras Old Church, 27 April 1804; probably died in infancy;(4) Hannah Augusta Basset (1804-91), born 12 March and baptised at St Pancras Old Church, 9 April 1804; living at Beaupré in 1844 and at Ryde (IoW) in 1881; died unmarried in London, 13 June 1891; administration of goods granted 23 July 1891 (effects £6,446);(5) John Basset (b. & d. 1807), baptised at St Pancras, 24 February 1807; died in infancy and was buried at East Barnet, 14 August 1807;(6) Isabella Basset (b. 1808; fl. 1881) (q.v.);(7) William Alexander Basset (b. 1810; fl. 1844), born 1 June and baptised at Bushey (Herts), 28 June 1810; living at Sydney (Australia) in 1844; evidently died without issue in Australia; a legal case led to an official search being made for him in 1893, which was apparently unsuccessful in establishing his date of death;(8) Georgiana Anne Monsell Basset (1813-71), born 13 May and baptised in St George's College Chapel, Windsor, 31 May 1813; lived with her sister at Ryde (IoW) but died unmarried in London, 22 November and was buried at St. Hilary, 30 November 1871; administration of her goods (with will annexed) was granted to her sister, 16 March 1872 (effects under £1,500).
(1) Maj. William West James Bruce (later Basset) (1830-71) (q.v.);(2) Isabella Elizabeth Basset Bruce (1832-94), baptised at St Mary, Dover (Kent), 24 October 1832; married, 28 April 1870 at St Peter, Eaton Sq., Francis Irving (c.1828-96) of the Foreign Office, and had issue two daughters; died 7 October 1894; will proved 29 October 1894 (effects, £3,370).
(1) William Richard Basset Bruce (later Basset) (1863-1912) (q.v.);(2) James Basset Bruce (later Basset) (1865-1919), born 23 July 1865 and baptised at Simla (India), 6 August 1865; died unmarried, Apr-Jun 1919;(3) Eliza Maude Isabella Bruce Basset (1866-1929), born 31 August and baptised at St. Hilary, 10 October 1866; died unmarried in London, 30 January 1929;(4) Philip Thurstane Bruce Basset (1868-1922) (q.v.);(5) Ela Jane Mansel Bruce Basset (b. & d. 1870), baptised 9 January 1870 at St. Hilary; died in infancy and was buried at St Hilary, 2 April 1870.
(1) Philip Thurstane Richard Ulick Basset (1903-59), born 1 April and baptised at St. Hilary, 19 May 1903; educated at Royal Military Academy, Woolwich; an officer in the Royal Regiment of Artillery (2nd Lt., 1923; Lt.; retired 1936; returned to service as Capt., 1939; cashiered following a court martial, 1944; he married 1st, 19 May 1929 at St Peter, Southwark (London), Kathleen Lilian Helen (1904-37), daughter of Anthony Oliphant Sergeaunt, company director, and had issue one daughter; married 2nd, Jul-Sept 1939, Lucy Norton (1904-42), daughter of Richard Eshott Carr, and had issue one son (who died in infancy), and 3rd, Apr-Jun 1944, Christine Warren-Bell (b. c.1908), actress, formerly wife of Charles Campbell, an American lawyer in Paris; died in London, Jan-Mar 1959;(2) Hilary Catherine Mansel Basset (1906-94), born 3 August 1906; lived in London and worked as a private secretary; died unmarried in a home for distressed gentlefolk, 27 February 1994; will proved 25 April 1994 (estate under £125,000);(3) Barbara Gwynedd Bruce Basset (1911-36), born 21 December 1911; died unmarried, Oct-Dec 1936.
Location of archives
Coat of arms
Can you help?
- Does anyone know what Sir William Basset (1627-67), kt., had done to merit burial in Westminster Abbey?
- Can anyone provide fuller genealogical information for the earlier generations of this family? In the absence of the parish registers for St. Hilary before 1690, my account is unusually incomplete.
- I should be most grateful if anyone can provide photographs or portraits of people whose names appear in bold above, and who are not already illustrated.
- Any additions or corrections to the account given above will be gratefully received and incorporated.