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Gospatric of Dunbar

Male - 1138


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  • Name Gospatric of Dunbar  [1
    Gender Male 
    Died 22 Aug 1138  Cowton Moor, Northallerton, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 4
    Alternate death 23 Aug 1138  [5
    Alternate death Bef 16 Aug 1139  [6
    Person ID I8557  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, and others | Ancestor of DDB, Ancestor of FW, Ancestors of JTS, Ancestor of TNH, Ancestor of TSW, Ancestor of TWK
    Last Modified 6 Jan 2018 

    Father Gospatric of Dunbar,   b. Abt 1040,   d. Between 1073 and 1075  (Age ~ 33 years) 
    Family ID F5318  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Children 
    +1. Gospatric of Dunbar,   d. 1166
    +2. Juliana of Dunbar
    Last Modified 14 Jan 2016 
    Family ID F3168  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Possibly killed in the Battle of the Standard, commanding the men of Lothian; alternately, Moriarty (citation details below) thinks he was most likely killed at the battle of Northallerton.

      Note from AR8: "Sybil Morel, dau. of Arkil Morel, d. 1095, was the wife of his son, Edward."

      From The Scots Peerage, citation details below:

      GOSPATRIC, who in one place calls himself Earl, and certainly held the rank and place of Earl or ruler of Lothian, does not appear on record until after 1100, the year of the accession of King Henry I of England, and his earliest mention in Scottish writs is in 1119. Another peculiarity about his designation is that during his lifetime he is never but once, by himself, in a charter to the monks of Coldingham, styled Earl in Scottish charters. He is referred to, whether as a witness to charters, or a granter or recipient of charters, in nearly every case as Gospatric, brother of Dolfin. In 1119 he is a witness to the charter to the monks of Selkirk, and to the Inquisition of the see of Glasgow, as well as, later, to the foundation charter of Scone. He has also the same designation in the first grant to Holyrood. These are the chief references to him during his life in Scottish records, and while he evidently held a high position, he is never styled Earl until after his death.

      King Henry I, also in a charter of unknown date, but certainly some time after 1100, conferred upon him, as Gospatric, brother of Dolfin, a large tract of land lying between Wooler and Morpeth, in Northumberland. This extensive grant, which was confirmed at York about 1136, was held, not by knight's service or other service usual from a barony, though it is sometimes described as the barony of Beanley. It was held in grand serjeanty, the Earl and his descendants bound to be "inborwe" and "utborwe" between England and Scotland; that is, they were to be security for persons passing to and fro between the two countries, who would not be allowed to travel north or south without permission of the lords of Beanley, a fact which practically gave to the Earls of Dunbar the important position of Wardens on both sides of the East March.

  • Sources 
    1. [S978] American Ancestors and Cousins of the Princess of Wales by Gary Boyd Roberts and William Addams Reitwiesner. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1984.

    2. [S76] The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (2004-ongoing).

    3. [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., says 23 Aug.

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

    5. [S977] The Blackmans of Knight's Creek: Ancestors and Descendants of George and Maria (Smith) Blackman by Henry James Young. Carlisle, Pennsylvania: 1980.

    6. [S969] G. Andrews Moriarty, "The Royal Descent of a New England Settler." The New England Historical and Genealogical Register 79:358, 1925.