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Also Known As: "Gospatric de Port", "Hughes Gospatric de Port"
Death: after 1069
of, Alnwick, Northumberland, England, United Kingdom
Managed by: Erica Howton
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About Gospatric

Gospatric de Port1

Child of Gospatric de Port

  • Emma de Port+1 b. c 1038, d. a 1096 married William de Percy

However, most place Emma de Porte as child of Hughes de Port


  • [S125] Richard Glanville-Brown, online , Richard Glanville-Brown (RR 2, Milton, Ontario, Canada), downloaded 17 August 2005.


From Annals of the House of Percy: From the Conquest to the Opening of the Nineteenth Century, Volume 1. Edward Barrington De Fonblanque (1887). Page 13. GoogleBooks

EMMA DE PORT. William de Percy married a Saxon lady of rank, but there are no records to establish her parentage. is generally described as Emma de Port,1 the Norman A.d. surname having probably been given to her by the invaders in right of her ownership of Semer near Scarborough, then an important seaport. A graceful legend reports her to have been a daughter of Gospatrick, Earl of Northumberland,' who conferred her hand upon the Norman knight in recompense for his having saved her father's life when, on the suppression of the rebellion, he had fallen into the hands of the Conqueror's army. According to Dugdale, however, the Saxon Earl had only one daughter, Julia, who became the wife of Ranulph de Marley, and we must fall back upon this more prosaic version of Percy's marriage in an ancient MS.: "Emma of the Porte .... was Lady of Semer besides Skarburgh afore the Conquest, and of other lands, William Conqueror gave to Syr William Percye for his good service; and he weddid hyr that was very heir to them in discharging of his conscience."3
We may thus infer that Percy having received a grant of the lands of which the Saxon maiden had been either the owner or the heiress, he compensated her for the loss of her possessions by making her his wife.

  • 1 The same name was borne by one of William's knights at the invasion:"Huc, le sire de Montfort, Cil d'Espine and cil de Port."—Roman de Rou
  • 2 Charlton's History of Whitby Abbey, p. 50.
  • 3 Ex Registro Monasterii de Whitbye, Harl. MSS. No. 692 (26), fol. 235, from which extracts are published in the Antiquarian Repertory, vol. iv. p. 4

"[Seamer] is said to have belonged to Emma de Port before the Conquest. Whitby Chartul. (Surt. Soc.), 690."

A genealogy is seen as:

  • Hughes Gospatric de Port Birth: circa 1005 Father of
    • Hubert de Port Birth: circa 1035 Father of
      • Hugh De Port, Sheriff of Hampshire Birth: circa 1066 Death: circa 1097 (22-40). Husband of Orence de Basing Father of
        • Henry de Port Birth: circa 1096 Basing, Hampshire, England.

There is no supporting evidence found as of 17 December 2019 for this Gospatric.

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of, Alnwick, Northumberland, England, United Kingdom