Gunhild Erlendsdóttir (c.1077 - d.)

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Nicknames: "yngling"
Death: (Date and location unknown)
Managed by: Cecilie Nygård
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About Gunhild Erlendsdóttir

Gunnhild was born in the family of Arnmøldingane. Her farther Erlend Earl of Orkeney


ERLEND Thorfinnsson (-in prison Trondheim [Nidaros] 1098, bur Trondheim). Orkneyinga Saga names “Paul and…Erlend” as the two sons of Jarl THORFINN II and his wife Ingibjörg who survived childhood[902]. He succeeded his father in [1065] as Joint Jarl of Orkney, jointly with his brother. Morkinskinna records that Harald III King of Norway sailed to Orkney en route for his invasion of England in 1066 and “recruited the aid of Jarl Thorfinn´s sons Páll and Erlendr”[903]. Orkneyinga Saga records that Magnus "Barelegs" King of Norway “seized the Earls, Paul and Erlend” on his arrival in Orkney, “sent them east to Norway, and made his own son Sigurd overlord of the islands with regents to govern the earldom”, adding in a later passage that Erlend “had died and been buried at Trondheim”[904]. He was deposed and imprisoned in 1098 by Magnus "Barelegs" King of Norway, and "died of sickness at Nidaros and is buried there" according to Snorre[905]. (Cawley's Medlands)

m THORA, daughter of SOMERLED Uspaksson & his wife ---. Orkneyinga Saga records that “Earl Erlend Thorfinnson” married “Thora, the daughter of Sumarlidi Ospaksson”, adding that “the mother of this Ospak was Thordis, daughter of Hall of Sida”[906]. She married secondly Sigurd of Paplay. Orkneyinga Saga records that “his mother was married…to a man called Sigurd” when her son Magnus returned to Orkney, adding that she and her second husband had a son “Hakon Karl…[and] a farm at Paplay”[907]. (Cawley's Medlands)

Erlend & his wife had four children: (Cawley's Medlands)

a) ERLING (-[Ulster [May] 1103]).

b) St MAGNUS Erlendsson (-murdered Egilsay 16 Apr [1117], bur Christchurch at Birsay, transferred to Kirkwall Cathedral).

c) GUNHILD. Orkneyinga Saga names “Gunnhild and Cecilia” as the two daughters of “Earl Erlend Thorfinnson” and his wife “Thora, the daughter of Sumarlidi Ospaksson”[913]. Orkneyinga Saga records that Magnus "Barelegs" King of Norway “gave Earl Erlend´s daughter Gunnhild in marriage to Kol, son of Kali Sæbjarnarson, in compensation for the death of his father”, adding that her dowry was “some property in Orkney including a farm at Paplay” and that the couple “settled down on his estate at Agder”[914].

m (Spring 1099) KOL Kalisson, son of KALI of Agdir in Norway & his wife ---. Lenderman in Agder.

Kol & his wife had two children: (Cawley's Medlands)

i) KALI [Rognvald] ([1100]-murdered Force, Calder, Caithness 20 Aug 1158, bur St Magnus Cathedral).

m ---. The name of Kali-Rognvald´s wife is not known. Kali-Rognvald & his wife had one child:



m (Sutherland Spring 1156) ERIK Slagbrellir, son of ERIL Streita & his wife Audhild [daughter of Thorliot].

Erik & his wife had [seven] children:

(1) HARALD Eriksson "Ungi" ([1156]-killed in battle Wick 1198).

(2) MAGNUS Mangi (-killed in battle near Fimreite on Sognefjord 15 Jun 1184).



(5) ELIN.


(7) daughter .


m JON Petersson, lenderman in Sogne.



Erlend had one illegitimate child by an unknown mistress:


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