Lady Elizabeth Basset

Lady Elizabeth Basset, DCVO (née Legge; 5 March 1908 – 30 November 2000) was an English author and courtier.

Elizabeth Basset

Born5 March 1908
Died30 November 2000 (age 92)
TitleWoman of the Bedchamber (1959-81)
Ronald Lambart Basset (m. 1931)
ChildrenBryan Ronald, Peter Francis


Basset was born at 8 Prince's Gate, Knightsbridge,[2] the second daughter of the 7th Earl of Dartmouth and Lady Ruperta Wynn-Carrington, daughter of the Marquess of Lincolnshire.[3] She was educated at home.[4]

On 31 October 1931, she married Ronald Lambert Basset (1898-1972), senior representative of the ancient Basset family of Tehidy in Cornwall. She had two children, industrialist Bryan Ronald Basset CBE (1932–2010) and Peter Francis Basset (1935–1954).[3] During the Second World War, she ran a small farm in North Devon.[4]

In 1959, Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, asked Basset to be a Woman of the Bedchamber.[5] She held that position until 1981. She was active as a Lady-in-Waiting from 1982–93. She retired at the age of 85.[4]

She was appointed a Commander of the Royal Victorian Order in 1976 and a dame of the same order in 1989.[3]

Lady Elizabeth authored a devotional book, Love Is My Meaning and four anthologies.[4]

Lady Elizabeth Basset died in London in 2000, aged 92.[6]


  • Love is My Meaning - An Anthology of Assurance (1973)
  • Each in His Prison (1978)
  • The Bridge is Love: an anthology of hope (1981)
  • Interpreted by Love: an anthology of praise (1994)
  • Beyond the Blue Mountains: Wisdom and Compassion on Living and Dying (1999)[5]


  1. ^ England & Wales, Civil Registration Birth Index, 1837-1915
  2. ^ 1911 England Census for Elizabeth Legge
  3. ^ a b c Mosley, Charles, ed. (2003). Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knighthood (107 ed.). Burke's Peerage & Gentry. p. 1039. ISBN 978-0-9711966-2-9.
  4. ^ a b c d "Lady Elizabeth Basset". Retrieved 4 July 2017.
  5. ^ a b "Bassett Family Association Newsletter April 2006". Retrieved 4 July 2017.
  6. ^ Obituary Archived 21 April 2006 at the Wayback Machine, The Independent via; accessed 16 October 2014.