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William Medecalfe de Dent

Also Known As: "Medecalf"
Birthplace: Wensleydale, Yorkshire, England (United Kingdom)
Death: 1200 (75-84)
Yorkshire, England (United Kingdom)
Immediate Family:

Son of Dolfin, Earl of Cumberland
Father of Richard de Dent de Medecalfe

Managed by: Pamela Amy Marcelle Bruce-Brand
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About William Medecalfe de Dent

Detached from Dolphin, King of Cambria, no source document and son born after his death 12/8/2014

Note: Dent is an Ancient Danish Settlement.

"William Medecalf de Dent was the son of William fil Maldred de Dent whose grandfather was Gospatrick, Earl of Northumberland and Dunbar. The Earl was a direct descendant of Kenneth III, King of Scotland in the 10th century. Gospatrick’s son Dolphin, lord of the land of Carlisle, who in 1092 was driven out, became prominent because of his connection with the Sheriff of Yorkshire’s expedition against William the Lion in 1174. Dolphin had five sons of whom William was one. He made settlements of land on all of his sons and William held land at Dent, hence his name. Source: Per The Metcalfe Society p.4

"William, Lord of Dent - "Earliest mention of the name is William Medecalf de Dent (1120-1200), a large landholder in "Northumbria," near the border of Scotland, who had inherited his property from a great-grandfather, Earl Gospatric FitzMaldred, who had struggled with William the Conqueror to get and keep it. William and his family engaged in a very profitable breeding of sheep, cattle and horses. In 1174, supporting King Henry II of England, he led his troop of horsemen at Alnwick against Scotland's King William the Lion and took him prisoner. (William the Lion was later returned to Scotland and swore fealty to the English king--an example of 12th century politics.)"-quote from review of Howard H. Metcalfe's new book on the Metcalf family & Metcalfe Geneology

It is said that this Danish succession can be traced in
an unbroken line from Arkefrith to the present time.
William Mainrod Metcalf, Esq., of York, England, born
in 1839, claims to be the 39th in regular descent from
Arkefrith, as follows:

1. Arkefrith.

2. Arkell, "Lord of Dent", etc. (Doomsday Book of
Edward the Confessor).

3. Gospatrick, Lord of Dent. (Same as the Earl?)

4. Dolfin, Lord of Dent. (same as the Dolfin of Cumberland?)

5. Willikm.

6. Richard.

7. Adam, 1252.

8. Adam, 1278. Called Medecalfe.

9. Adam. Medecalfe of Baynbridge,

10. Adam. Medecalfe of Thornton.

1 1 . Richard. Metcalf of Baynbridge.

12. Thomas. Metcalf of Baynbridge.

13. John Metcalf, married Alice of Ireby.

14. James Metcalf, of Nappa, in Wensleydale, married
Gelsone of Ireby, was Captain at the battle of Agincourt,
under Henry V., in 1415, and was Lord of the Manor of
Nappa when Margaret, widow of Richard, Lord Scrofe,
claimed dower in said Manor. But in 1472, the widow of


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William Medecalfe de Dent's Timeline

Wensleydale, Yorkshire, England (United Kingdom)
Yorkshire, England (United Kingdom)
Age 80
Yorkshire, England (United Kingdom)