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Gospatric of Dunbar

Male - 1166

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  • Name Gospatric of Dunbar 
    Gender Male 
    Died 1166  [1, 2, 3
    Person ID I8437  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, and others | Ancestor of AP, Ancestor of JTS, Ancestor of TNH, Ancestor of TSW, Ancestor of TWK
    Last Modified 6 Jan 2018 

    Father Gospatric of Dunbar,   d. 22 Aug 1138, Cowton Moor, Northallerton, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F3168  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Derdere 
    +1. Waldeve of Dunbar,   d. 1182
    +2. (Unknown wife of Gillebride, Earl of Angus) of Dunbar
    Last Modified 10 Dec 2015 
    Family ID F1920  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Succeeded his father in the Scottish territories and the serjeanty of Beanley, Northumberland. Held to have been earl of Dunbar and Lothian. On his seal he styled himself earl of Lothian.

      "In his role as a benefactor of the church, Gospatric also contrasts with his father. Not only was he a patron of the abbeys of Melrose and Kelso and the priory of Coldingham, but he also jointly founded, along with his wife, a Cistercian nunnery at Coldstream, probably in the later years of his life. He may also have founded the nunnery at Eccles, although the evidence for his involvement is uncertain. The chronicler Reginald of Durham relates an anecdote which reflects favourably upon the character of Gospatric. He records how one of Gospatric's tenants at Dunbar was a poor man afflicted with an incurable and agonizing disease. Reginald then describes how, out of his own goodwill and respect for the good works of this man, Gospatric allowed him to live on his lands free of any burdens for the remainder of his life." [Oxford Dictionary of National Biography]

  • Sources 
    1. [S76] The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford University Press, 2004-ongoing.

    2. [S800] The Scots Peerage, Founded on Wood's Edition of Sir Robert Douglas's Peerage of Scotland, Containing an Historical and Genealogical Account of the Nobility of That Kingdom. Ed. James Balfour Paul. Edinburgh: David Douglas, 1904-1914.

    3. [S128] The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain and the United Kingdom, Extant, Extinct or Dormant. Full citation details here.