BASSETT, George (c.1524-c.80), of Tehidy, nr. Redruth, Cornw.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1558-1603, ed. P.W. Hasler, 1981
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Family and Education

b. c.1524 bef. 1529, 2nd s. of Sir John Bassett (d.1529) of Umberleigh, Devon, by his 2nd w. Honor or Honora, da. of Sir Thomas Grenville of Stowe. educ. ?St. Clement’s Hostel, Camb. 1544. m. Jacquetta (d.1588), da. of John Coffin of Portledge, Devon, 1s. 2da.

Offices Held

J.p.q. Cornw. from c.1569.


Bassett’s nephew Arthur conveyed property at Tehidy to him, and by an agreement of 1563 the manor and advowson were to descend to him and his wife after the death of Arthur’s mother, who had married Arthur Plantagenet, Viscount Lisle. George Bassett also owned the neighbouring manor of Trevalga alias Trevargy, and the advowson of Camborne, where he presented in 1572. He would have been returned for Newport through the influence of either the Grenvilles or the Arundells of Trerice, to both of which families he was related. John Arundell was bailiff in 1563. The 2nd Earl of Bedford was responsible for Bassett’s return for Bossiney. Bassett’s name has not been found in the records of any of his Parliaments, and he died before the conclusion of his last, in London in 1579 or 1580, leaving as heir his son James aged about 15. Neither his will nor inquisition post mortem has been found. The inquisition post mortem on his widow (whose second husband was Hugh or Humphrey Jones) does not show the day or month of Bassett’s decease, though spaces were left blank for these to be inserted.

Foxe, Acts and Mons. vi. 231; C142/48/72, 83; Vivian, Vis. Devon, 47; Vis. Cornw. (Harl. Soc. ix), 5; Wards 7/23/31; J. Maclean, Trigg Minor, iii. 281.

Ref Volumes: 1558-1603

Author: N. M. Fuidge


  • 1. Did not serve for the full duration of the Parliament.