The Baskervilles

The Baskervilles of Winterbourne Bassett

The Wiltshire  Baskervilles are a branch of the very ancient family from Hereford, where the line goes back to the 10th century to a Nicholas De Bacqueville. Bacqueville-en-Caux is a commune in the Seine-Maritime department in the Normandy region in northern France. Nicholas was the son of Baldric The Teuton.

The family resided at Eardisley Castle in Hereford for many generations, and one Simon Baskerville married Elizabeth Brand  and resided at The Manor House in Winterbourne Bassett.  Several generations later, their descendant, Thomas Baskerville married Mary Jones on 17th December 1662 in Gloucester., and this is where it gets very interesting. The couple had Thirteen sons! They were obviously very wealthy as can be seen by visiting St Katherine and St Peter Church in the village, where there are many plaques and memorials dedicated to this Baskerville family.

St Katherine & St Peters Church

I believe they were involved in plantations in America as there were several run by Baskervilles in the Roanoke River, North Carolina area, which would account for the wealth of this line.

Mary (Jones) Baskerville was quite the character as can be seen from her will. It’s a most interesting and detailed document, mentioning how she wanted her funeral directed and possessions distributed. You can read it here.

Here are some of the plaques on the walls and gravestones actually laid into the floor of the church.