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Predecessor of Peyton

Death of Harold at Hastings (Bayeix tapestry
Death of Harold II at Hastings
Part of the Bayeux Tapestry
The PEYTONS have had a common progenitor with the Uffords, who became Earls of Suffolk, the founder of both being William Malet*, a Norman baron, who was sheriff of Yorkshire in the 3rd (year) of WILLIAM I (The Conqueror), and obtained grants of sundry lordships and manors from the crown, amongst which were Sibton and Peyton Hall, which he possessed at the time of the Domesday Book survey. Domesday Book
The Domesday Book
was initiated by William I

Malet crest from stained glass windowThe Malets Malet crest from stained glass window

Robert Malet1, 2 married unknown; children: Walter Lord of Sibton and William Malet Sire of Graville, Normandy

Walter Lord of Sibton married unknown; child: Reginald FitzWalter de Peyton

Reginald FitzWalter de Peyton
married unknown and had two sons, William de Peyton and John de Peyton. Peyton Hall belonged at the time of the Norman Survey to William Malet and passed to his younger brother Walter Lord of Sibton. He was succeeded by Reginald Fitz Walter his 2nd son, who was living in 1135 and appears to have assumed the name of Peyton. See: Peyton

William Malet Sire of Graville3  in Normandy, married Hesilia Crispin; son: Gilbert Malet,  William was Sheriff of York. and lived at Peyton Hall in Boxford, Suffolk
Lord Malet4  (Mallet) is noted in English history as "one of the most imposing figures at the conquest of England in 1066 in Hastings." He was almost killed at Hastings but thanks to Sire de Montford and William de Vieuxpont, he was rescued and given the duty of guarding the defeated King Harold's body since he was the first cousin of Alditha, wife of King Harold. He and Gilbert deGand received large grants in Yorkshire for their duties. He was descended from Gerard, a Scandinavian Prince. His companion Rollo the Dane, 1st Duke of Normandy, gave his name Gerardville or Graville to their fief near Havre. He supposedly died while in the King's service in Gidestan, County Suffolk. Called the "Grandson of Godiva", he is maternally descended from Leofric, Earl of Mercia and his wife Godiva who was famous for her ride through Coventry in the nude on a white horse. She rode through the streets nude to get her husband to drop his oppressive taxes of the townspeople. She had forewarned the townspeople to close their shutters and avert their eyes during her ride. She was a descendant of King Alfred.

Malet's activities during the first few years of the Norman conquest of England are not known. But after York  was captured in 1068, he was appointed the first high sheriff of Yorkshire and was one of the commanders of the garrisons in the new castles built in the city of York. His efforts at defending the shire from Danish raids were, in the end, a terrible failure, for the next year the city was burned and the garrison slaughtered. Malet, his wife, and two of their children were held as hostages, and finally released when the Danes were driven off.

Malet was relieved of his duties in the north, but seems not have lost the king's favour, for he soon was appointed sheriff of Suffolk, and given the great honour of Eye, with lands in Suffolk and several other shires. It was in fact the largest lordship in East Anglia. He built a motte and bailey castle at Eye, and started a market there.

He died around 1071, probably during the rebellion of Hereward the Wake, and was succeeded by his son Robert.
Durand Malet, who held land in Lincolnshire[2] and possibly some neighboring shires. This may be William Malet's brother, but this is not certain.

Gilbert Malet married unknown and had a son, Robert Malet.

Robert Malet married unknown, resided at Curry Mallet, Somerset and had a son, William Malet

William Malet married Maud Mortimer and had a son, Gilbert Malet. They resided at Curry Mallet, Somerset.
. William Malet died in 1169. William Malet fought at the Battle of Hastings, a fact recorded in the Bayeux Tapestry. He had substantial property in Normandy, chiefly in the Pays de Caux, with a castle at Graville-Ste-Honorine, at the mouth of the Seine near Harfleur, now a suburb of Le Havre.

Gilbert Malet married Alice Picot, daughter of Ralph Picot and unknown. They had a son, William Malet.. Gilbert Malet died 1194.

William Malet  married Alice Basset in 1204. Alice Basset, was a daughter of Thomas Basset Lord of Headington and Philippa Malbank. William and Alice Basset Malet had a daughter, Hawise Malet.

Hawise Malet married first, Hugh de Poyntz, son of Nicholas FitzPons and Juliana Bardolf. They had a son. Sir Nicholas de Poyntz. Hugh de Poyntz died before 1223. Hawise married second,  Sir Robert de Muscegros, (1198-1254). They had a son, Sir John de Muscegros. Hawise died: 4 May 1287.

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*Domesday Book
1A Genealogical  and Heraldic History of the Extinct and Dormant Baronetcies By John Burke and Sir Barnard Burk
 2 Patronymica Britannica  A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom  By Mark Antony Lower, London 1860. "Mallet, Malet. It's origin is obviously Teutonic, for we find it arrived in England from two sources, and is, strange to say, both Saxon and Norman. Of the former, the descendants are possibly extinct long ere this; but their name appears in the Saxon Chronicle. And whilst the family tree has flourished with hardy vigor in its native Norway, from time immemorial to the present day, its Norman branch, constituting the great and distinguished house of  Malet-de-Graville3, which also occupies so prominent a place in the history of England, during the XL, XIL and XIIL centuries and retaining the principle of un-decayed vitality, has added luster to the annals of France by the greatness and honors to which it attained and by the benefits which its services conferred upon that country, from the early days of Rollo to the end of the XVI century; and of this a branch also installed itself in the island of Jersey in the latter part of the reign of the Conqueror and the name is still borne by one of the most ancient families in the “isle of long lineages,” where it held a seigneurie, or lordship in capite. of the Dukes of Normandy bearing that name."

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