About Morkere Morcar Ælfgarsson (of Northumbria), Earl of Northumbria
Morcar or Morkere, son of Ælfgar of Mercia and his first wife Ælfgifu, Morcarsdóttir. Chosen Earl by Northumbrians in 1065 when they deposed Tostig, King Harold's brother. Rebelled with his brother Edwin in 1071. in prison in 1086.
ÆLFGAR (-). The Genealogia Fundatoris of Coventry Monastery names “Algarus tertius” as son of “Leofricus tertius”. Florence of Worcester records that he was created Earl of the East Angles in 1053, in succession to Harold Godwinson who had succeeded his father as Earl of Wessex. Florence of Worcester also records that Ælfgar was banished in 1055 by King Edward "without any just cause of offence". He went to Ireland, then to Wales where he allied himself with Gruffydd ap Llywellyn King of Gwynedd and Powys, and invaded England, sacking Hereford in Oct 1055. He was reinstated in 1056 when Gruffydd accepted Edward's overlordship.
Florence of Worcester records that Ælfgar was appointed to succeed his father in 1057 as Earl of Mercia, the earldom of the East Angles passing to Gyrth Godwinsson.
The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle records that in 1057 he was banished again, but Florence of Worcester states that he forced his restoration in 1058 with the help of Gruffydd and a Norwegian fleet. His death removed from the scene the only potential challenger to Harold Godwinson Earl of Wessex.
m firstly ÆLFGIFU, daughter of MORCAR & his wife Ealdgyth ---.
The primary source which confirms her parentage and marriage has not yet been identified.
Earl Ælfgar & his first wife had three children:
b) MORCAR (-after 1087).
The Genealogia Fundatoris of Coventry Monastery names “Edwinum et Morcar postea comites” as sons of “Algarus tertius”. Snorre names “Earl Morukare”, although stating that he was the son of “Earl Gudin Ulfnadson” and “Earl Ulf´s sister Gyda”.
He was chosen by the Northumbrians as Earl of Northumbria in 1065 to replace Tostig, son of Godwin Earl of Wessex. With support from his brother, he expelled Tostig Godwinsson from Lindsay in 1066. John of Worcester records that they at first supported the claim of Edgar Atheling to succeed Harold II as King of England after the battle of Hastings, but soon withdrew their armies and swore allegiance to King William I at Berkhamsted.
Florence of Worcester records that "…comites Edwinum et Morkarum…" went with King William to Normandy 21 Feb . They rebelled against William in 1068, leaving court for Yorkshire, but were soon brought to submission.
Orderic Vitalis states that Morcar joined the resistance at Ely in 1071, but surrendered to the king. Florence of Worcester records that "comites Edwinus et Morkarus" rebelled against King William in , and that "Morkarus…et Siwardus cognomento Barn" took refuge in Ely. Florence of Worcester records that "comites Morkarum et Rogerum, Siwardum cognomento Barn, et Wlnothum regis Haroldi germanum" were released by King William on his deathbed in 1087. He was taken to England by King William II but placed in confinement again in Winchester.
Morkere Ælfgarsson, Earl of Northumbria's Timeline
after 1086, Northumbria, England
Wessex, , England