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Gospatric Fitzarkyl

Also Known As: "Cospatric of Northumberland", "de Rigton Fitz Arkill or Arkil"
Birthdate: (41)
Birthplace: Arkrigg, Yorkshire, England
Death: Died in Bingley, Yorkshire, England
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Son of Arkil Morel and Sigrida
Husband of NN Fitz
Father of Gospatric de Bradelay; Dolphin de Bradelay; Thorfin Fitz Gospatric de Bradelay; Uchtred Fitz Gospatric, de Allerston; Arkil Fitz Gospatric and 1 other
Brother of Alwyn "Mór" mac Archill; Sybille de Morel, Countess of Dunbar; Arkil 1092 –; Sigrida Of Yorkshire; Osulf Northumbria and 1 other
Half brother of Oswulf, Earl of Northumberland

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Symeon of Durham. De obsessione Dunelmi (late 11th or early 12th century) says:

"'Ecgfritha, the daughter of bishop Ealdhun, whom earl Uchtred sent away, became the wife of a certain thegn in Yorkshire, namely, Kilvert, son of Ligwulf; their daughter, Sigrida, became the wife of Arkil, son of Ecgfrith, and she bore him a son named Gospatric.'" (Source: Prosopography of Anglo-Saxon England)

Gospatric de Rigton ~ The Publications of the Thoresby Society, Vol. IX, p. 113, Gospatric the son of Arkil married a daughter of Dolfin son of Thorfin and was the father of Dolphyn , who had three sons: Torphyn, Swayn, and Ughtred. Gospatric was the son of the than Arkill. In 1068, Arkill, being the most powerful chief of the Northumbrians, made a treat of peace with the Conqueror, who accepted his son, Gospatric, as a hostage for his fidelity. At this time Gospatric was already of age and a had been a landowner in the days of king Edward. Arkill joined Edgar Atheling in a desperate attack on the royal fortess at York where William Malet was governor. They were surprised by the king, many of them slain or taken prisoner, but Arkill was among those who excaped. Arkill's estates were undoubtable forfeited, and Gospatric, likely still a hostage, would have been sacrificed had Gospatric not found favor with the king. Gospatric was the only Englishman in Yorkshire to have sufficient favor with the Conqueror to be allowed to keep any of his private estate. His lands were divided among his sons, who sunk to be under-tenants of what they retained. Gospatric married a daughter of Dolfin, son of Thorfin. Their sons were Gospatric, only mentioned by Simeon of Durham, but perhaps the father of Thurstan; Uchlred of Allerston and Kayton, and Dolfin of Staveley and Thoresby.~ Yorkshire Archaeological Journal, Vol. IV, pp. 384-387


Notes ◦the daughter of Bishop Ealdun, whom Earl Uhtred had dismissed. was taken by Kilvert, son of Ligulf. a Yorkshire thegn; from whom he fathered a daughter named Sigrid: Arkil, son of Ecgfrith, took her as his wife from whom he had a son called Cospatric. Cospatric married the daughter of Dolfin. son of Torfin, and they had a son called Cospatric who recently had to fight against Waltheof son of Aelfsige.

[A Study of Marriage and Murder in Eleventh-century Northumbria:Issue 82 By Christopher J. Morris]
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Gospatric Fitzarkyl's Timeline

Arkrigg, Yorkshire, England
Age 20
Allerston, UK
Age 22
Northumbria, West Yorkshire, England
Age 23
Age 27
Age 31
Age 41
Bingley, Yorkshire, England