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Waltheof mac Gospatrick, 1st Baron of Allerdale

Also Known As: "Adam", "Waldeve", "Waltheof", "Abbot of Crowland"
Birthdate: (70)
Birthplace: Dunbar, East Lothian, Scotland
Death: 1138 (66-74)
Dunbar,East Lothian,Scotland
Immediate Family:

Son of Gospatric, Earl of Dunbar and mistress of Gospatric
Husband of Sigrid, of Allerdale and Aelino Gospatrick
Partner of mistress of Waltheof
Father of Octreda of Allerdale; Alan, of Allerdale; Ethelreda, of Allerdale; Gunhild, of Allerdale; Ferggus Lord and 2 others
Brother of Dolfin, Earl of Cumberland; Gospatrick ll mac Gospatrick, Earl of Dunbar; Matilda, of Northumbria and Sybil Dunbar
Half brother of Walter, Earl of Dunbar; Æthelreda, of Northumbria; Adgitha (Northumberland) Kendal de Northumberland; The Admiral Uchtred FitzMaldred, Lord of Raby; Octreda, of Northumbria and 1 other

Occupation: Lord of Allerdale, 2nd Earl of Dunbar, Lord deAllerdale Dunbar, 1st Earl of Allerdale
Managed by: James Fred Patin, Jr.
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About Waltheof of Allerdale

Waltheof MacGospatrick, a benefactor of the church of York. Married Sigrid of Allerdale

From http://fmg.ac/Projects/MedLands/SCOTTISH%20NOBILITY.htm#GospatrickDunbardied1075B

Earl Gospatrick had two illegitimate children by an unknown mistress or mistresses:

6.          WALTHEOF .  Simeon of Durham names "Dolfin, Walther and Cospatric" as the sons of Gospatrick[1423].  He is named second of the three sons of Gospatrick given by Roger of Hoveden[1424].  A memorandum dated to [1275] records that "Earl Cospatryk formerly earl of Dunbar in Scotland had a brother Dolfin earl of Northumbarland…both…bastards", that they had "a legitimate brother Waldeve and a legitimate sister Etheldreda…of one father and one mother"[1425].   It seems unlikely that Waltheof was his father’s legitimate son as his father’s earldom was transmitted to his son Gospatrick.  The Cronicon Cumbriæ records that “Ranulphus de Meschines” enfeoffed “Waldevum filium Cospatricii de Dunbar comitem in Scotia” with “tota baronia de Allerdale” and that “Willielmus de Meschines dominus de Coupland” enfeoffed “Waldevum filium Cospatricii” with “tota terra inter Cocar et Derwent”[1426].  "…Cospatric frater Dalfin, Waldef frater suus…" witnessed inquisitions by "David…Cumbrensis regionis princeps", dated 1124, concerning land owned by the church of Glasgow[1427].  Lord of Allerdale.  Abbot of Crowland [1126] to Dec 1138, when he was deposed at the legatine council of Westminster[1428].  An undated agreement between Geoffrey abbot of St Albans and "Gospatric the earl" recites that the abbot granted Gospatric and "his son Adam (…formerly called Waldief)" the "land of Archil Morel…Beuuicke"[1429].  “Waldevus filius Cospatrici comitis” donated property to Gysburn Priory, with the consent of “uxore mea Sigrida et filiis meis Cospatrico et Alano”, by undated charter which names “El. filio Erlafi presbyteri cognate meo”[1430].  A charter of King Henry II records donations to York St Mary, including the donation of “villam de Stainburn” by “Walthef filius Gospatrici” and "villam de Saltergh et…de Whyrkingtona" by "Gospatricius filius eorundem"[1431]. 

m as her first husband, SIGRID, daughter of ---.  “Waldevus filius Cospatrici comitis” donated property to Gysburn Priory, with the consent of “uxore mea Sigrida et filiis meis Cospatrico et Alano”, by undated charter[1432].  Sigrid married secondly Roger FitzGilbert.  Her second marriage is confirmed by the undated charter under which [her son] "Alanus filius Walthef et Sigrid mater et Rogerus vir eius" donated land "in Aspatrick" to St Bees by undated charter[1433].  "Rogerus filius Gilberti" donated "terram de Walton" to St Bees, with the consent of "uxoris mee Sigeride", by undated charter, witnessed by "Roberto fratre meo…Roberto filio meo…"[1434].

Waltheof & his wife had three children: 

  1. Alan. Married Emma.
  2. Ethelreda. Married firstly RANULF de Lindsay, son of --- (-before 1158).  m secondly (before 1158) WILLIAM de Eseby, son of ---. 
  3. Gunnhild. Married UHTRED, son of FERGUS Lord of Galloway & his wife --- (-1174).

From http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/fass/projects/manorialrecords/cumbria/cumberlandlist.htm

Allerdale, barony of

The barony of Allerdale below Derwent was originally granted to Waldeve son of Gospatric, earl of Dunbar, who, according to tradition, granted immediate lordship of many manors within the barony to family members and supporters.  Waldeve was also granted the honour of Cockermouth, and the barony of Allerdale was closely linked to the honour of Cockermouth from the twelfth century. 

Waltheof fitz Gospatrick, Earl of Dunbar, was born before 1084. He married Sigrid before 1104.

Waltheof became Lord of Allerdale and the 3rd Earl of Dunbar before 1138, the year he died.

See "My Lines"

( http://homepages.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~cousin/html/p365.htm#i7939 )

from Compiler: R. B. Stewart, Evans, GA

( http://homepages.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~cousin/html/index.htm )

From Waltheof of Allerdale

Waltheof of Allerdale was an 11th- and 12th-century Anglo-Saxon noble, lord of Allerdale in modern Cumbria. Brother of Dolfin of Carlisle and Gospatric of Dunbar, Waltheof son of Gospatric, Earl of Northumbria.[1] Both Waltheof and his brother Gospatric witness Earl David's Glasgow Inquest 1113 x 1124, and Waltheof also attests some of David's charters as king of the Scots later.[1] The account of Waltheof and his family in Cumbrian monastic cartularies (St Bees and Wetheral), says that he gave land in Allerdale to his three sisters, Octreda, Gunhilda and Maud.[1]

Waltheof had two sons and several daughters.[2] Alan (fl. 1139), succeeded to Allerdale.[3] The other son was named Gopspatric.[4] An Octreda, either his sister or daughter, appears to have married Donnchad mac Maíl Coluim and become mother of William fitz Duncan, mormaer of Moray.[5] William fitz Duncan appears to have inherited Waltheof's Allerdale territory from his mother.[6] A definite daughter, Ethelreda, married Ranulf de Lindsay and then William de Esseville.[7] Another, Gunnilda, married Uhtred of Galloway.[3] Waltheof's partner appears to have been a woman named Sigrid or Sigarith.[3]

He seems to have become abbot of Crowland late in his life, but this Waltheof may be someone else.[8] The abbot of Crowland in question was a monk of Crowland Abbey before becoming abbot in 1125.[9] Abbot Waltheof was deposed by Papal legate Alberic of Ostia at the Council of Westminster.[10]

Waltheof (Waldeve) de Dunbar

  • Surname: Dunbar
  • Given Name: Waltheof (Waldeve) de
  • Sex: M
  • _UID: FB682B4A10BB8541B7C4C1122C6292BE95D4
  • Change Date: 13 Jun 2008 at 01:00:00
  • Father: Gospatrick I earl of Dunbar b: 1040 in Northumberland, England
  • Mother: Aethelreda of England b: 1042 in Dunbar, East Lothian, Scotland

Marriage 1 Sigrid Sigarith b: ABT 1040


  1. Has Children Patrick I de Dunbar earl of Dunbar and lord of Beanley
  2. Has Children Gunnild de Dunbar b: ABT 1060
  3. Has No Children Gospatrick de Dunbar
  4. Has No Children Alan de Dunbar



Roger fitz Gilbert appears to have married Sigrid, the widow of Waldeve or Waltheof of Allerdale in Cumberland.


From The Registry of the Priory of St. Bees,

The date will lie between 1195 and 1209.

454. 1 For the grantor, see notes on Nos. 22, 49 and 308, By the latter deed it will be seen that Alan had lands in Gosford which will account for his address to his men of Coupland as well as of Allerdale.

2 This phrase might give rise to an interesting discussion on the earliest capital messuage of the barony of Allerdale. J. Denton was of opinion that " Waldeof first baron of Allerdale seated himself first at Papcastle, where he had a mansion house but afterwards he moved to Cockermouth" (Accompt, p. 41). In support of this it may be added that Papcastle was regarded from a remote date as the chief manor of the barony. For example in 1286, after the death of Walter de Wigton, it was reported that he had held his fees in Allerdale of the countess of Albemarle by suit at the court of Papcastle (Inq. p. m. 14 Edw. I. No. 15). For several centuries afterwards the manor occupied the same feudal relation to Allerdale. Legends, however, have grown thick around this Roman site, like most of such sites in Cumberland. See Camden, Britannia (ed. Holland), p. 768. In any case, from the evidence of this deed, it seems clear that Alan was living at Cockermouth, from which Papcastle, on the other side of the Derwent, is only a couple of miles distant. According to No. 498 William Meschin, lord of Coupland, enfeoffed Waldeve father of Alan, of the Quinque Ville between the^Cocker and Derwent, now the Honor of cokermouth.

Waltheof, 1st Baron of Allerdale was the son of Gospatric, Earl of Northumberland and unknown wife (?).1,2 He married Sigrid (?).2 He died circa 1138.1 He gained the title of Baron of Allerdale [feudal].1 He was the Abbot between 1125 and 1138 at Crowland.1


  1. [S11] Alison Weir, Britain's Royal Families: The Complete Genealogy (London, U.K.: The Bodley Head, 1999), page 178. Hereinafter cited as Britain's Royal Families.
  2. [S60] Charles and Hugh Brogan Mosley, editor, American Presidential Families (London, U.K.: Alan Sutton and Morris Genealogical Books, 1994), page 46. Hereinafter cited as American Presidential Families.

6.          WALTHEOF .  Simeon of Durham names "Dolfin, Walther and Cospatric" as the sons of Gospatrick[1423].  He is named second of the three sons of Gospatrick given by Roger of Hoveden[1424] .... An undated agreement between Geoffrey abbot of St Albans and "Gospatric the earl" recites that the abbot granted Gospatric and "his son Adam (…formerly called Waldief)" the "land of Archil Morel…Beuuicke"[1429]. 

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Waltheof of Allerdale's Timeline

Allerdale, Cumberland, England
Dunbar, East Lothian, Scotland
Age 32
Dunbar, East Lothian, Scotland
Age 40
Dunbar, East Lothian, Scotland
- 1138
Age 57
Age 66
Dunbar, East Lothian, Scotland
Age 70
Dunbar,East Lothian,Scotland
Age 70