|Gospatrick [I] of Northumberland Earl of Northumberland
(Between 1040/1048-Abt 1075)
Gospatrick [I] of Northumberland Earl of Northumberland
- Born: Between 1040 and 1048
- Marriage (1): Unknown
- Marriage (2): Unknown
- Died: Abt 1075
GOSPATRICK, son of MALDRED Lord of Allerdale & his wife Ealdgyth of Northumbria ([1040/48]-). Simeon of Durham names "Cospatric son of Maldred son of Crinan" when recording that he was appointed Earl of Northumberland. His parentage is given by Roger of Hoveden. He paid William I King of England a heavy fine so he could succeed as Earl of Northumberland in Dec 1067, although he did have a hereditary claim through his mother's family. He rebelled against King William and joined the invading Norwegians who sailed up the river Humber in Sep 1069 and captured York by storm. Gospatrick fled but was pardoned. In [Oct/Nov] 1072 old charges were brought against him and he was deprived of the earldom of Northumberland, fleeing to Scotland. Simeon of Durham records that he fled to Malcolm King of Scotland who granted him "Dunbar with the lands adjacent in Lothian".
m ---, sister of EDMUND, daughter of ---. Her family connection is confirmed by the charter dated Feb 1136 under which King Stephen confirmed the donation by "Gospatricio fr[atr]I Dolfini" of "terram Edmundi avunculi sui" and "terram Liolfi filii Uctredi".
Earl Gospatrick & his wife had four children: Gospatrick, Ethelreda, Gunhilda and Matilda.
Earl Gospatrick had two illegitimate children by an unknown mistress or mistresses: Dolfin and Waltheof.
Gospatrick next married.