Basset was lord of Drayton in Staffordshire, and, joining the baronial party against Henry III, was appointed by them custos pacis (keeper of the peace) for Shropshire and Staffordshire on 7 June 1264 (Rymer's Fœdera), and was summoned to Simon de Montfort's parliament on 4 Dec. 1264 as Ralph Basset ‘de Drayton’. He fell at Evesham by De Montfort's side on 4 August 1265, having refused, when urged by him, to seek safety in flight.
His lands were forfeited for rebellion, but restored to his widow Margaret, as the daughter of a royalist, Roger de Someri.
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