Gospatrick FitzUchtred

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Gospatrick FitzUchtred

Birthplace: Bamburgh Castle, Northumberlandshire
Death: December 1065 (63-73)
Place of Burial: Somerset
Immediate Family:

Son of Uchtred "the Bold", Earl of Northumbria and Sigen Styrsdóttir
Father of Uchtred FitzGospatrick
Brother of Eadwulf and Ealdred, Earl of Northumbria & Bernicia
Half brother of Ealdgyth, of Northumbria and Ælfthryth

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About Gospatrick FitzUchtred


SCOTLAND, MORMAERS, EARLS, LORDS http://fmg.ac/Projects/MedLands/SCOTTISH%20NOBILITY.htm#Andrew2Avan... at this URL go to: Medlands/Scottish Chapter 13 on the Earls of Dunbar; first paragraph then just below paragraph on Maldred son of Maldred(brother of King Duncan I of Scotland). QUOTE: (Re.) "GOSPATRICK (-[28] Dec 1065). 'Noble Northumbrian thane', Florence of Worcester records that he was murdered on the orders of Queen Eadgyth at the king's court on the fourth night of Christmas for the sake of her brother Tostig" (Eadgyth was the wife of Edward the Confessor who was on his deathbed) In Domesday Book entries for 1066 Earl Tostig, brother of King Harold II, is found as owner of many if not most of the manors of Amounderness, Lancashire, [then under the Earl of Northumberland which was Tostig's title] which it is seen by this historical note verifies (or implies) that Gospatrick was thane in 1065 of manors on the northside of the River Ribble, the Northumberland border. Tostig in Sept. 1066 was killed along with his brother King Harold II in October by William the Conqueror. Amounderness then went into the hands of William I as King's land. But after 1066 the descendants of Gospatrick appealed for the return of Gospatrick's manors as thane to his heirs. In the Overview of his son, Uchtred b1027, it is shown that one way the manors were then passed onto distantly related Singleton family was by marriage of a 2x gt. grandaughter, Matilda Maud to William Winwick whose daughter Alice then passed old Singleton property to her husband, Alan de Singleton b1183 of Broughton. These proceedings slowly placed the distantly related Singleton families back into control of the southern border of Amounderness and manors south of the River Ribble down to the north side of Liverpool. These manors were at: Skelmersdale, Aughton, Up Litherland, Hurleston, Crosby, Altcar above Crosby, Dalton, Kirkby by Ormskirk, Kirkdale in Liverpool, Knowsley, Lathom, Woolton(Liverpool), and Martin with N.Meols up by Southport. These were all manors held as immediate Lord tenant to the peasants So the above is a Primary source: "Florence of Worcester, 1065, p. 167." Again this primary source appears in a section of the "Scottish Earls"(Url at the top) which is about the Earls of Dunbar who descended from Ealdgyth, wife of Maldred and the half-sister of Gospatrick, the third son of Uchtred the Bold, Earl of Northumberland who died 1016. And Medlands states that "the first name Gospatrick .. indicates that a connection is likely" between this Gospatrick and the Earls of Dunbar(Gospatrick of Dunbar). [entirely true...the connection was through their common relative, Ealdgyth, daughter of Princess of England Elgiva and Earl Uchtred the Bold. As the result of this perfidious act of Queen Eadgyth and Earl Tostig in murdering Gospatrick and stealing the thanage of these manors held by Gospatrick in order to help consolidate the power of the House of Godwin under Tostig and Harold II, the Singleton descendants are still appealing for the recognition of Gospatrick, son of Uchtred the Bold Earl of Northumberland on these lands. Uchtred the Bold, Gospatrick, and Uchtred FitzGospatrick were the rightful lords of the manors on the southern border of Northumberland on the River Ribble. Their descendants and related families reclaimed them afterwards as thanes of the King, no longer lords.

Gospatrick according to the Projects Medlands (see URL)at the top held no major title yet Earl of Northumberland has been attached to his name for a long time here on Geni. Even Debrett's Peerage "The Royal Line of Succession" says that Aethelreda, the wife of King of Scots, Duncan II, son of Malcolm III, was the daughter of Gospatrick, Earl of Northumberland. She was the daughter of Gospatrick, Earl of Dunbar, who was the son of Prince of the Scots Maldred and Ealdgyth born of Uchtred the Bold and Princess of England, Elgiva. The Northumberland title was held by Gospatrick, son of Maldred, briefly earlier, but he participated in a rebellion against King William I in 1067 and lost. Gospatrick was stripped of his Northumberland title and fled to Scotland for protection with King Malcolm III. Malcolm III then rewarded Gospatrick, son of Maldred, with the Earldom of Dunbar in Scotland. So he became most known for his Dunbar title. Many of his descendants were called Dunbar. Regardless, the Gospatrick, subject of this profile, the son of Uchtred the Bold, never held the title of Earl. So now it is deleted. But that doesn't mean Gospatrick did not pass properties down to his son and descendants. The Domesday survey of property in 1086 including 1066 as given above and below shows that Gospatrick indeed did pass along manors in north England and Northumberland to Uchtred FitzGospatrick after Gospatrick died in 1065. Gospatrick and his descendants served UNDER the Earls and never as Earl themselves.

The grandson of Uchtred the Bold through Gospatrick b997,named Uchtred is recorded in Domesday holding Manors on or near the west coast of Lancashire at Aughton, and the Hundred of West Derby, at that time in Cheshire, but now in Lancashire and that makes it the area near Liverpool. Uchtred and his descendants slowly recovered holdings from the deceased Earl of Tostig in Amounderness which the Singletons had held as ancient Lords up to 1065ad. They then held as thanes manors on the north bank of the River Ribble at Brockholes, Scales, and Stainall and were associated with Little Singleton and Singleton Thorpe, the source of the surname for the two separate lines of the name Singleton.

Further research in the Domesday Book for the period of 1066 and 1086 has revealed that Uchtred (1027-1090 with Domesday now proving that Uchtred died after 1086), son of Gospatrick was the family member probably still holding West Derbyshire manors like they did 150 years earlier. Thane Uchtred was recorded as holding Elton and Cowley listed with Henry de Ferrers of Castle Tutbury (on the Staffordshire and Derbyshire county line and the Ferrer son was named the Earl of Derby). Also near Bakewell at Ashford, Uchtred appears as thane on King's land. These manors and thanage had been held since Uctred born circa 900ad and son of Eadwulf (V) purchased them from the departing Vikings. It should be noted that the Singleton family, both of Broughton and Brockholes, descending from this Uchtred b1027 was distinct in that from that time they served under the Earls of Derby. Bakewell is a prominent tourist destination in the middle of the High Peak National Park, located in Derbyshire near Derby.

The Arkil family with descent from the Bold appear in Domesday as holding manors in North Yorkshire: Sutton: held by Gospatric FitzArkil and Uchtred; and Ingthorpe: held by Ketil and Uchtred. These thanes related to Arkil were 1st or second cousins. They had a nephew named Uchthred (sp?) but he was too young to be in Domesday of either 1066 or1086. The daughters of Ealdred families also held manors, seen in Domesday, in North Riding, Yorkshire listed with thanes Gamel and Uchtred at Brotten, Great Fencote, Lathom, and Kirkby by Middlesborough. See Gospatrick's son Uchtred's profile Overview for complete explanation of the relationship between Gamel and Uchtred FitzGospatrick and for the links to the Domesday Book 1066 records which show their joint Overlordship of Little Langton, in the center of Yorkshire, a strategic position and location for them.

For more in depth history of what happened between Earl Tostig and the Thanes of Northumberland see in Media #2 a pdf file called "In 1055 Tostig became the Earl of Northumbria". It shows that even before 1065 Tostig had murdered other members of the family of Earl Uchtred the Bold of Northumbria. Those killed by Tostig previously included the afore mentioned above, Gamel and Ulf. This along with the murder of Gospatrick caused an uprising of the Thanes of Northumberland against Tostig and his ultimate death the next year in Yorkshire in Sept. 1066.

This line of the House of Gospatrick FitzUchtred is a cousin line to the line of the House of Dunbar descended from Uchtred b971, his daughter Ealdgyth who married Prince Maldred of Scotland and the House of Crinan. Maldred's line became the House of Dunbar. There are in the male line of Dunbar and Home current all male descendants of the line through James William Stirling-Home-Drummond-Moray, 21st of Abercairny born 1900 James William Stirling-Home-Drummond-Moray, 21st of Abercairny but their Ydna has not been revealed yet here on Geni.com .
In the same Home line (pronounced like "Hume") Sir Alec Douglas-Home b1903 is the most famous for being in the Conservative English government for decades including succeeding Harold McMillan as Prime Minister. His last office was as Secretary of State for Prime Minister Edward Heath 1970-74.

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Gospatrick FitzUchtred's Timeline

Bamburgh Castle, Northumberlandshire
Northumberland, England, United Kingdom
December 1065
Age 68
Age 69
Glastonbury Abbey, Somerset