Sir William Mallory's father Sir Anketil (or Anketin, or Anthony, or even Antoine, as he sometimes appears in the records of the time) was the born around 1340. He had at least one sister, Ala, from 1360 the first wife (and, perhaps only wife) of Sir Thomas Greene who, with his younger brother Sir Henry Greene, were, having the confidence of the king, at the center of things during a large portion of Richard II's reign. They were second cousins of Sir Anketil's father (also another Sir Anketil). The father (Sir Anketil I) and the Greene brothers benefitted by appearing (as well as I can reconstruct things) to all three be second cousins of the King's only siblings, his two half-brothers. This opened the door to a series of royal pensions and various positions at court and in their local government areas.
Interestingly, the grandfather of the Margaret Burley I mentioned earlier, though himself, undistinguished, had two brothers who were members of the Order of the Garter and childhood heroes of the king.
Anketil II's wife, Alice de Driby had been married two times before, once in the mid to late 1360s, to Sir Robert Tuchet, who basically only remains known to history because he was her first husband. Her second husband was a peer, Ralph Basset, the baron Basset of Sapcote. He was much older than Alice and had a daughter married to the head of a closely allied family to both the Bassets and the Mallorys, the Motons of Peckleton. It was probably Ralph Basset's son-in-law by his first wife who introduced Anketil II to his young widowed stepmother in the late 1370s.
Alice de Driby had a daughter Elizabeth by her second husband. Realizing he was soon to die and in order to keep his youngest daugher out of the dangers of a wardship by a stranger being assigned by the King on his death to manage his daughter's inheritance (and, more importantly, possess the legal right to determine who she could marry), Ralph Basset married his daughter to the heir of baron Grey of Codnor when the girl was officially only seven years old. As a married woman, she could not be assigned a ward. Seven years was the legal minimum a woman could be married, but women married so early were allowed to annul their marriages upon becoming capable of having sexual relations. In practice, he most likely lied. Elizabeth's inquisition post mortem would indicate she had only been four years old at the time of her father's death. She lived a long life, though, and apparently was more than satisfied with the husband her father had chosen for her, a man who turned out to be a war hero during the first decades of the 15th century.
As a widow's dower Alice received Castle Bytham and other properties from her second husbands estates. This, combined with her own sizable inheritance from her father and mother made her one of the wealthiest women in England. Castle Bytham, in fact, was chosen as a place for the mother's mother of the future Henry IV to raise him and his siblings after his mother died.
Sir Anketil I lost most of his family possessions in 1361 and he and his son were living off royal largess throughout the 1360s and 70s. They were extremely well-connected and Alice de Driby was rich. Anketil II was young, being roughly the same age as Alice, and, judging from her request in her will for prayers to be said for the souls of all three husbands but for her body to be buried as closely to Anketil's as possible, there must have been a true romance between them.
They rather quickly had four children. Their oldest son, Sir Thomas was not yet a teenager will Sir Anketil II died, so Alice raised her children on her own. As Thomas was due to inherit his mother's personal wealth (as opposed to her widow's dower which return to his half-sister and her much older half-sister), before his death, though, Sir Anketil II arranged for his grandmother's first cousin, the elderly Sir William Papworth to entail Papworth St. Agnes on his second son, rather than Sir William Papworth's heir under law which would have been the first son of Sir Anketil. As all of his property had been his only by right of his wife, all he left in his will were his personal effects, two suits of armour to be divided between his two sons, and his body which he asked his wife to bury at a designated location in a church they apparently had both decided on.
I will stop now, but in the next continuation, I will be approaching, but may not reach, the point where it seems likely the Studley Royal Mallorys appear to have branched off from the main line, which the Papworth St. Agnes Mallorys represented.