Durand MALET

Male Est 1022 -

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  • Name Durand MALET 
    Born Est 1022 
    Gender Male 
    Reference 7020 
    • Excerpt from "Notices of an English Branch of the Malet Family", by Arthur Malet, published 1885, pp 84-85:


      Durand Malet has, I believe, been accepted by many genealogists as the brother of William Malet who fought at Hastings, but I am not aware that actual proof of the fact has been hitherto brought forward. He was a tenant in capite, and concerning him Mr. A. S. Ellis writes:* "It is most probable that it [Malet] was already a family name, as Durand Malet of the survey was no doubt his [Wm. Malet's] brother. He adds in a note, "Durand Malet was tenant in capite in Lincolnshire, holding several manors; among them Irby (on Humber), Rothewelle, and Willingore. His descendants continued in Irby for many generations. In 1156 Hugh, son of Yvo Malet, with the consent of his mother Margaret, and of Ralph, his son and heir, gave two oxgangs in Rothewelle to Whitby Abbey."** We thus find that Hugh is the direct descendant of Durand through Yvo Malet and Margaret his wife. The time does not require more descents, so that Hugh's father Yvo Malet must have been the son of Durand Malet.

      Mr. Freeman*** recites from the thirty-fifth report of the Deputy Keeper of the Public Records, p. 8, a summary of a "grant by William de Roumara to Robert de Roumara, nephew or grandson (nepoti) to the Countess, of the land of Ivo and Colsuenus, uncles of the said Robert, held of the said William's mother" (the Countess Lucy). Mr. Freeman adds, "It is not easy to see how Ivo Taillebois could be the uncle or great uncle of his daughter's nephew" [or grandson]. The substitution of Yvo the son of Durand Malet instead of Yvo Taillebois solves the difficulty, for what ever the term avunculus may mean, Yvo Malet and Colsuenus, who are by William de Roumara coupled together in precisely similar relationship to Robert de Roumara the grandson of the Countess Lucy, must have had a common ancestor. This ancestor, was also necessarily the ancestor of Alan of Lincoln, the brother of Colsuenus and of Robert Malet, and of the countess Lucy; and a reference to the pedigree at p. 4. will show how alone with regard to our materials this can be accounted for, and that Durand was the brother of William Malet. Thus we dispose not only of the impossibility of Yvo Taillebois being avunculus to his own daughter's grandson, but also of the improbability (might it not be more strongly worded?) of his holding land under his own daughter; for the land granted by William de Roumara to Robert, Lucy's grandson, had been held by Colsuenus and Yvo under the Countess Lucy. The cumulative evidence proving conclusively that Durand was the brother of William Malet.

      * Yorkshire Archaeological and Topographical Journal, 1875- 6, vol. iv, p 144. "Biographical Notes of the Yorkshire Tenants named in Domesday Book."

      ** Burton's Mon. Ebor., 75.

      *** Norman Conquest, vol. iii, p. 776. [1]
    Person ID I7020  Southwest
    Last Modified 24 Jan 2010 

    Father MALET,   b. Est 0995 
    Family ID F1717  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S1780] Family History, Malet, Arthur Malet, (Harrison & Sons, St. Martin's Lane, London, England, MDCCCLXXXV (1885)), M8W994S136., pp 84-85.