Elfrida Elswitha

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Elfrida Elswitha

Birthplace: Kent, England
Death: Died in England?
Immediate Family:

Wife of Sigehelm, Ealdorman of Kent
Mother of Eadgifu

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About Elfrida Elswitha

Wife of Sigehelm, Lord of Meopham, Cooling and Kent

mother of Eadgifu, third wife of Edward 'the Elder'.


Chapter 8. Family of EADGIFU, third wife of EDWARD King of WESSEX

1. SIGEHELM (-killed in battle before 959). Lord of Meopham, Cooling and Lenham in Kent.

m ---. The name of Sigehelm's wife is not known. Sigehelm & his wife had one child:

a) EADGIFU (-26 Aug 968, bur Canterbury Cathedral). Eadgifu recited her title to land at Cooling by charter dated 959 which names her father Sigelm and records that he was killed in battle[482]. "Eadgifu regis mater" subscribed charters of Kings Edmund and Eadred between 940 and 953[483]. King Eadred granted land in Berkshire to "Aedgyfu regis mater" in 945[484]. King Eadred granted land at Felpham, Sussex to "Eadgifu famula dei matri mee" by charter dated 953[485]. She appears to have supported her grandson Edgar against Eadwig in 957, the latter depriving her of her property. "Eadgifu hil ealdan moder/predicti regis aua" subscribed charters of King Edgar dated [959/63] and 966[486].

m (920) as his third wife, EDWARD "the Elder" King of Wessex, son of ALFRED King of Wessex & his wife Ealhswith ([872]-Farndon-on-Dee near Chester 17 Jul 924, bur Winchester Cathedral).

Possible relative, the precise relationship is not known:

2. BRYHTHELM (-after 960).

Bishop of Winchester.

King Edgar granted property at Bishopstoke, Hampshire to "Brithhelm bishop mihique consanguinitatis nexu copulato" by charter dated 960[487].

Although the precise relationship between the king and the bishop is not known, it is most likely that it was through the king's mother.


B: Abt 0876 Of, , Kent, England

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Kent, England
Kent, England
Age 20
Kent, England
August 25, 968
Age 92