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Uchtred FitzGospatrick

Birthplace: Northumberland, England, United Kingdom
Death: circa 1090 (54-71)
Kirkham, Lancashire, England, United Kingdom
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Son of Gospatrick FitzUchtred
Father of Eadwulf FitzUchtred and Waltheof FitzUchtred

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About Uchtred FitzGospatrick


Uchtred appears in the Domesday Book for owning various manors: Much of Amounderness, Lancashire was put into the name of Earl Tostig, the brother of King Harold II by 1065, but it was only temporary as Tostig was killed in Sept. 1066 and his brother, Harold II by the Norman Invasion in October. Uchtred held lands and manors(see Domesday for all those in what was called then West Derby,Cheshire) south of the River Ribble down to the north side of Liverpool. In the first link below see at the top "Before the Conquest, Lord in 1066" click on each village/manor name located in [West] Derby, Cheshire which at that time included the Liverpool area to see Uhtred's position as Lord in 1066. So go to:  https://opendomesday.org/name/uhtred/ 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 up by Southport. These were all manors held as immediate tenant Lord to the peasants. Also it is seen in Domesday on the same page that Uhtred was OverLord of Little Langton, Yorkshire. For Domesday see: https://opendomesday.org/place/SE3095/little-langton/   "Overlord in 1066:

[Little] Langton, Yorkshire:
Tenant-in-chief in 1086: Count Alan (of Brittany).
Lord in 1086: Count Alan (of Brittany).
Overlords in 1066: Gamal (son of Karli); Uhtred.
Lords in 1066: Alfkil; Gernand; Odil; Sprot." Uhtred's 1st cousin Etheldritha was married to Orm whose father was named Gamel 1000-Sept. 1066. They shared the Overlordship of Little Langton because of its strategic location between the manors held by the two families as Tenant/Lords. These ancestral lines of Earl Uchtred the Bold were struggling to maintain some of their land power in north England by holding land jointly in male lines. All three sons of Uchtred the Bold and at least one grandson, Osulf, were murdered fairly early in their lives. At one time they were second only to the House of Wessex in their land power in England. By 1066 even the House of Wessex was about to lose power to the Normans. Uchtred FitzGospatrick with the murder of his father in 1065 by Earl Tostig was then the only Uchtred of adult age in that generation in the family ready to hold the manors held by the junior line in the family and so was joined with Gamel to hold the OverLordship position in the center of Yorkshire which at that time was the center of the Land Power of the Bamburgh family.

This means Uchtred's ownership of such numbers of manors did not come about suddenly, but instead were mainly inherited from the ancient Lords of Singleton who date back to even greater landholdings in the 900s.  The family in the person of his predecessor Uhtred of Northumbria de Singleton bc900, grandson of Ealdred de Singleton, Earl of Bamburgh, purchased West Derby lands from the Vikings at the end of the reign of King Edward the Elder(see profile and overview for Uhtred born 900 for the complete story of why the land was purchased at the order of King Edward then).  The Domesday Book has been searched for the period of 1066 and 1086 and Uchtred (1027-1090) has been found probably to be the family member still holding Derbyshire manors: Elton and Cowley as thane with Henry de Ferrers, father of the 1st Earl of Derby, and Ashford by  Bakewell as thane/Lord on King's land. Uchtred born c1027 died after Domesday circa 1090 in Amounderness, Lancashire and he is the third Uchtred of the family recorded. The first was from the 900's Northumbria and was the son of Eadwulf V. Eadwulf V and Uhtred his son did not succeed to the titles that Ealdred de Singleton, Earl of Bamburgh held because he did not die until 933, outliving his son Eadwulf V and possibly his grandson, Uhtred. But the latter is still important to the story because the first Uhtred is recorded as a strong ally of English King Edward the Elder. Uhtred submitted to King Edward and was ordered by the King to buy up land in and around the West of Derbyshire from the Vikings because King Edward would then use Uhtred's ownership to afterwards impose his rule on Derbyshire and Lancashire. This is important because after the Norman Conquest it is recorded many times that the Singleton lords held their offices under the Earls of Derby and later also Lincoln.  

For the source given at the top, see the second screen at the bottom of the above link to Projects/Medlands England and this son of Gospatrick: Sources: "England, Anglo-Saxon Nobility:Northumbria" in Medieval Lands vol. 3, Stevenson, J. editor, 1855; and "Simeons Account of the Siege of Durham" vol. 3 part 2 p556 and 765). Gospatrick's son is named Uchtred born 1027 and now proven as died after Domesday's 1086 date in circa 1090 in Lancashire(then part of Northumberland still). This Uchtred had two sons at least. The first was named Waltheof (see his profile for the source) and the second was named Eadwulf, being murdered when a young man after he was involved with the plot to kill his relative Bishop Walcher. (Walcher's daughter married Dolfin FitzUchtred, Lord of Raby who was the grandson of Gospatric, Earl of Dunbar). Search: Bishop Walcher to see further about him and to see how he was related to Uchtred and his sons, Eadwulf and Waltheof.

Profile photo is of the Chingle Hall in Goosnargh, Lancashire still existing from its construction in 1260. It was then built as the new Singleton Manor Hall and later was named Chingle Hall. The original moat bridge is seen in the photo also. The present resident in Chingle Hall is an eminent English historian and says that in 1066, the date of the Norman invasion, Uchtred FitzGospatrick of this profile held this property in Goosnargh under Earl Tostig, Earl of Northumberland. The builder of Chingle Hall was Alan de Singleton of Broughton. He probably inherited the Chingle Hall land through his grandmother, Alice Winwick, wife of the first Alan de Singleton of the Broughton line.. Alice's father and grandfather, William and Robert Wynwick, had accumulated much of the property surrounding Goosnargh and nearby Whittingham. Some of these properties between those two villages would have then passed through Alice Singleton (Winwick) into the Singleton of Broughton family. Indeed the quotes from Lancashire rolls as given at the profile of the first Alan de Singleton b1183 of Broughton show that Robert Wynwick had passed the Broughton Manor to this Singleton line in the days of Huck the Reeve of Singleton and later these properties from the Winwick family were in the possession of Alan de Singleton 1183 and therefore also the grandson, Alan de Chingle Hall b1231. So the property for Chingle Hall must have passed from Uchtred FitzGospatrick's family to the Winwick family and to their daughter about the time of Huck's grandson, Alan. That means this Uchtred FitzGospatrick's descendant line holding Goosnargh/Whittingham land must have passed through a daughter to the Singletons of Broughton.
YDNA in the FT Singleton Project now shows that the Broughton line male ydna has the terminal subclade group R-BY2574. Today's descendants now see that this subclade comes from the movement to Amounderness, Northumberland of ancestors from the O'Faelain clan of Leinster, Ireland in about the year 950ad. Those who remained in Ireland became the Clan of O'Byrne and the Singletons of Broughton have a dominance of YDNA just like those now named Byrne or O'Byrne. They descend from Mael Morda O'Faelain, King of Airthirlifi d917 and Ruaidri mac Fáeláin, King of Leinster b738. The Uchtred FitzGospatrick line through Waltheof passed instead down in the male line to another manor near Goosnargh called Brockholes right on the River Ribble. However, according to the book, "Marriage and Murder in Eleventh-century Northumbria: A Study" for Aelfsige of Tees, Earl of Northumbria By Christopher J. Morris, the rivalry in the remainder of the House of Bamburgh evidenced by the murder of Earl and Bishop Walcher of Northumberland by the brothers, Eadwulf and Waltheof, prompted King William to order further attacks on the family and by 1100 the House of Bamburgh was no longer a force in British politics. The surviving family then retreated to the west coast of Amounderness by the Irish Sea.

Uchtred's family had held property and grants in the Kirkham and Singleton area ever since about 880 held by his ancestor Eadwulf IV Earl of Bamburgh and Eadwulf's son Ealdred de Singleton d933.

Be sure to see the Overview/About of Gospatrick FitzUchtred for the latest primary source from Florence's history for how Uchtred FitzGospatrick was deprived of some of his inherited estates by Earl Tostig.

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Northumberland, England, United Kingdom
Northumberland, England, United Kingdom
Northumberland, England
Age 63
Kirkham, Lancashire, England, United Kingdom