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"An English Family"
In any event, the first Malet at Curry Malet appears to have been Robert, who is mentioned in connection with Warminster, Wilts., in 1130. Whether there is any direct connection between this Malet family and William Malet of 1066 fame is open to question, because there is no direct evidence linking the two families, but it is generally accepted that they likely are connected. This family lent it's name to several towns in Somerset, including Curry Mallet, Shepton Mallet, and Sutton Mallet.
Robert was followed, some time before 1156, by William I Malet d. 1169. Gilbert Malet, who succeeded, d. 1194 leaving William II d. circa 1216. His heirs were his daughters Helewise, Mabel, and Bertha. William II, Sheriff of Somerset and Dorset, was one of the 25 Surety Barons, and signatory of the Magna Carta.
The Curry Mallet line ends with William II. His daughters Helewise and Mabel married Hugh Poyntz and Hugh de Vivonia respectively, and most of the Malet lands passed to these two families, with the exception of those lands held by the Malets residing at