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Ligulf Kilvertsson

Birthplace: Lumley Castle, Northumberland, England (United Kingdom)
Death: circa 1080 (40-49)
Gateshead, Durhamshire, England (United Kingdom)
Immediate Family:

Son of Kilvert and Ecgfrida
Husband of Ældgyth
Father of Uchthred and Morkar
Brother of Sigrida

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About Ligulf Kilvertsson

N, Sir William Dugdale, and other of our antiquarie2 have observed, that this family is denominated from Lumley castle, situate on the bank of the river Weare (near Chester-on-the- Street) in the bisboprick of Durham, and is descended from Liulph (a nobleman of great figure in the time of King Edward the Confessor) who married Algitha, daughter to Aldred, Earl of Northumberland, son of Uctred, Earl of Northumberland, by Elgyne, youngest daughter of King Etheldred.

This Liulph, being stripped of his great possessions by the Normans, who ruled in all places with a severe hand, quietly withdrew into the bishoprick of Durham, a where he was dearly beloved by the people, not only hi respect of his high parentage, but of his many eminent qualities ; whereby he grew into such familiarity and credit with Waleher, Bishop of Durham, and Earl of Northumberland, that he would do nothing in temporal affair* without his advice : but this credit that he had with the Bishop was the cause of his death ; which is thus related in Angl1a Sacra, and by another author, b from Simeon Dunelroerrsis, who was a monk of Durham, and precentor of that church, A. D. 1 164.

Leofwin, the Bishop's chaplain, and archdeacon, finding himself not so often called to council as he was before his Lord' acquaintance with Liulph, conceived such envy, as that he pro- procured one Gilbert (who had been made sheriff by his cousin the Bishop) to murder the said Liulph by night, in his manor-place, not far from Durham ; which the Bishop having notice of, and knowing it would be grievously taken of the people, he, as soon as he heard of the murder, sent letters and messengers into the country, offering to purge himself of being concerned in it, according to the order of the canon laws; and gave out, that he had banished Gilbert, nnd others out of Northumberland, who had committed the murder. But the people finding this to be a story, and that he had not banished the murderers, but received them into his house, and favoured them as before, they stomached the matter highly ; and a day being appointed by the kindred of Liulph, for a conference with the Bishop, at Gateshead, concerning the murder, and the prelate, instead of giving them satisfaction, taking refuge in the church, they threatened to set fire to the place, if the archdeacon and sheriff, who had also taken the same sanctuary, were not delivered up. At length, by the per- suasion of the Bishop, Gilbert went out, and, with his associate* who ventured out with him, was instantly killed by the enraged multitude. The archdeacon refusing to come out, Waleher himself stept forth, casting the skirts of his gown over his face, and, whilst he was addressing the populace in the mildest manner, was dispatched with lances. Leofvvin still continued in the church, till it was in flames, and then coming out, almost scorched to death, was hacked in pieces. This happened on May 14th, 1080, the fourteenth year of the reign of William the Conqueror.

The said Liulph had issue four sons, Uctred, c Osbert (whosed daughter and heir Ormonda was married to Robert de Peshale, of Peshale, in the parish of Eccleshall, com. Staff, who was a young" son of Richard, Earl of Corbeil, from which match the families and baronets of the name of Peshall descended), Adam, who had,c by gift of William the Conqueror, Uldel and Gileruce ; and Odo, who being styled son of Liulph, had ' also, by the gift cf the said King, Talentire, and Castlerigge, with the forests between Galtre. and Graeca.

  • Liulph of Lumley


  • Osbert of Lumley






  • Ealdgyth (Aglithia) Princess of Northumberland

born about 1020 Northumberland, England


  • Uchtred of Lumley born after 1045

Osbert of Lumley born about 1060

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A nobleman living in the reign of Edward the Confessor, who was murdered by one Leoferiso, apparently a foreigner, from his name, Chaplain to Walcher, Bishop of Durham, both of whom were soon after murdered themselves by the populace. He married Algitha, daughter of Alfred, Earl of Northumberland, and their oldest son succeeded

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Lumley Castle, Northumberland, England (United Kingdom)
Lumely, Northumberlandshire, United Kingdom
Age 45
Gateshead, Durhamshire, England (United Kingdom)