Summer 2022 – family tree extended

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I was finally able to allocate the time to take another look at my family tree, that I had created quite a few years back – where does the time go?

I got a minor breakthrough when I found that Sims of Yetherham, the Elder, my GGF26 (born 935) was shown on one genealogical site as being the son of Earl Oswulfe of Northumbria (885-963). I have to confess that,todate, this is theonly such reference, but if I accept and pursue it, thenIcan take my tree back three more generations to my GGF29 and to the year 815 at the very start of the ninth century.

That’s back thirty-one generations and twelve-hundred years!

I knew that the two Sims of Yetherham were warlords, reevers, who ranged either side of the Scottish border and lived cheek-by-jowl with Britons, Scots, Saxons and Vikings, they clearly used and abused the remnants of Hadrian’s Wall and its Roman forts and they were an aggressive lot!

It is quite reasonable, therefore, to assume that Sims might well have been related to a local noble family, albeit perhaps born on the ‘wrong side of the blanket’. In fact several of these new additions to my tree are shown as ‘married’, when few would have been in very formal arrangements.

Given this connection, I found that I might add, and prefix, three new generations to my existing tree:

  • GGF27 – Oswulfe I (or Osulf), Earl of Northumbria (885-963)
  • GGF28 – Eadwulf II (?-913) and through Eadwulf’s wife, GGM28 Aethelthryth (865-?), her father
  • GGF29 – Aella (815 – 867)

And, what an addition to the family they proved to be, squabbling and intermarrying with the Vikings.

But perhaps my attention was quickly drawn to Oswulfe‘s elder son, my GGU26 (Great Grand Uncle 26) Waltheof of Bernicia (920-970) who was the father of my 1C27RUhtred (or Uchtred) ‘the Bold’ (971-1016), who was also an Earl of Northumbria.

I am a fan of Bernard Cornwell’s Last Kingdom series, and its main protagonist Uhtred, who was born at Bamburgh Castle in Northumbria. This Uhtred is a work of fiction, but is loosely based on Uhtred the Bold, because Bernard Cornwell has traced his family back to these Northumbrians too.

So let’s examine this extension to the Denton family tree:

GGF27 – Oswulfe I (or Osulf), Earl of Northumbria (885-963)

Born at Bamburgh Castle in 885, he was the first to be named as the high-reeve of Bamburgh, then later became the Earl of Bernicia in 930.

Bamburgh Castle, Northumberland
Bernicia was an Anglo-Saxon kingdom founded in 547. It covered the northern part of Northumbria and southern Scotland. Bernicia stretched from the River Tees, to the Firth of Forth and at times to the Solway Firth. It established its royal residence at Bamburgh on the coast, and another at Yeavering, about 20 miles (32 km) inland.

Deira was the neighbouring kingdom, spanning the southern part of Northumbria and northern Yorkshire, with York as its capital. Deira was situated between the Humber and River Tees.

The two kingdoms were often unified, but during this period it was most often the case that Bernicia was Anglian while Deria was Viking, with York renamed by the Norsemen as Jórvík.

Oswulfe and his wife Estrid Svensdatter (885-?) had two sons – Waltheof of Bernicia (920-970), and Sims of Yetherham (935-?).

In 954, Oswulfe Ealdfuling, as earl of Bamburgh, conspired with Earl Maccus, son of Olaf Guthfrithsson (or perhaps Sihtricsson), to kill Eric Bloodaxe, the then King of Jórvík. The Battle of Stainmore was more of an ambush than a battle, at a location along the old route from Scotch Corner to Penrith. In the battle Maccus also killed five kings from the Hebrides and two earls from Orkney.

As a result, the Viking Kingdom of Jórvík was dissolved and annexed to Bernicia to become a re-united Northumbria, with Oswulfe as king of all Northumbria. But this region was then pledged to the Wessex-based King Eadred (or Edred) of England. The Historia Regum states that Here the kings of Northumbrians came to an end and henceforth the province was administered by earls. Oswulfe was effectively demoted to become the Earl of all Northumbria, effectively to act as a local administrator for the king.

The Coronation Stone, Kingston Upon Thames

Eadred was the son of Edward the Elder‘s third wife, Edgiva. When Edward died the Witan concluded Edward’s two other son’s were too young to succeed him, so Eadred became king at 21. He was subject to a wasting illness, yet exhibited a courageous resolve and became the last of the great warrior kings of Wessex. Crowned at Kingston-upon-Thames he received pledges of allegiance and submission from the Welsh rulers and the Northumbrian ealdormen. However, in 955, he died while in his thirties, at a palace in Frome, Somerset and was buried at Winchester Cathedral.

In 963, Oswulfe was betrayed and killed, while apparently in Denmark.

According to the De primo Saxonum adventu, Northumbria was then divided into two parts, the southern part, from the Humber to the Tees, came under the control of a Norseman, Oslac (from 966-975), but he was later discredited and exiled. The other part between the Tees and the Firth of Forth, were under the dominion of, the delightfully-named, Eadwulf Evil-child, it is presumed to be implying he had a wild childhood, something of a bad-boy.

Some suggest that Oslac and Eadwulf were sons of Oswulfe, or related in some other manner.

But to date my tree shows Oswulfe’s sons as Waltheof (the father of Uhtred the Bold) and my GGF26 – Sims of Yetherham.

Bamburgh also holds the grave of Grace Darling (1815-1842), the daughter of a lighthouse keeper on the Faroe Islands. On the 7 Sep 1838, Grace saw the wreck of the Forfarshire on an island close to the lighthouse. It had split in half while carrying 63 people. Grace and her father realised that the seas were too strong for the lifeboat to reach them, so they rowed a mile in the storm to the site in a small rowing boat and rescued four men and the sole female survivor and rowed them back to safety in the lighthouse. Nine others had escaped by lifeboat. Grace and her father were awarded RNLI medals for their bravery, and the news reports elevated Grace to a national hero. She is buried in the churchyard of St Aidan’s Church, Bamburgh, and there is a museum to her there.

GGU26 – Waltheof of Bernicia (920-995)

Waltheof, the elder son of Oswulfe, was born at Bamburgh Castle. He became Earl of Bernicia in 930 at age 10. His first name exhibits Danish influence, most probably from his mother Estrid Svensdatter (daughter of Sven). But he was also known as Siward Cadwulf Cadel.

Statue of Waltheof, at Crowland Abbey, Lincs

He was later the earl of Northampton.

He married Aelfleda (940-1030) and they had two sons Uhtred the Bold (971-1016) and Eadwulf Cadel (?-1020).

In 980 he became the 2nd Earl of Northumbria.

In 995 he died at Bamburgh Castle at the age of 75.

He should not to be confused with the later Waltheof (?-1076), the son of Siward, earl of Northumbria (1041-1055) and of Aelflaed (daughter of Aldred another earl of Northumbria).
He submitted to William I in 1067 and married William’s niece, Judith.

1C27R – Uhtred (or Uchtred), ‘The Bold’, Earl of Northumbria (971-1016)

Uhtred was born either at Bamburg Castle, or elsewhere in Bernicia.

Malcolm II of Scotland laid siege on Durham, while king Aethelred was heavily engaged against the Danes in the south of England, so could not lend assistance. Waltheof was too old to fight, so stayed safely within Bamburgh Castle. Aelfhelm of York also chose to take no action. So Uhtred earned his epithet ‘the Bold‘ by assembling an army from Bernicia and York against the Scots, he was successful. Local women washed off the severed heads of the Scots, paid for the work by being given a cow for each head. The heads were then displayed on stakes around the Durham walls. Uhtred was rewarded by King Aethelred II with the Earldom of all Northumbria.

In 995 he is recorded, by Symeon of Durham, as helping the bishop to move the remains of St Cuthbert from where it had been stored when Lindisfarne had been threatened by the Danes. They were relocated to a new Durham cathedral.

That same year, Uhtred married Ecgfrida (973-1087), the daughter of Bishop Ealdhun (or Aldhun) of Durham. The marriage brought with it a number of estates that had previously been the property of the church.

They had a son, Ealdred (1007-1038) who married Aedgina (951-?). Ealdred and Aedgina had three daughters Etheldritha, Aelflaed and Aeldgyth. Ealdred would be murdered by the son of Thurbrand the Hold in a bloodfeud that had started when Thurbrand murdered Uhtred.

Ecgfrida was supplanted by a second wife, while she herself remarried someone called Kilvert, they had Sigrida Kilvertsson (1020-1087) and Ligulf Kilvertsson (1035-1080). [Ligulf married Aeldgyth, daughter of Ealdred, both closely descended from Ecgfrida.]

In 1016, Uhtred faced King Malcolm once more. The Scottish king had allied with Owain the Bald, King of Strathclyde, and they razed much of Northumbria, and faced Uhtred’s local force at the Battle of Carham, which took place south of the River Tweed.

Symeon of Durham described the battle: “…while Cnut ruled the kingdom of the Angles, a comet appeared for thirty nights to the people of Northumbria, a terrible presage of the calamity by which that province was about to be desolated. For, shortly afterwards, nearly the whole population, from the river Tees to the Tweed, and their borders, were cut off in a conflict in which they were engaged with a countless multitude of Scots at Carrun [Carham].”

It was Uhtred’s forces this time which suffered the heavy losses. By this point, parts of north Northumbria had been reclaimed by the Scots. Uhtred however, is believed to have been murdered in 1016, but it is counter-claimed that he was killed in the battle.

Uhtred married his second wife Sigen Styrsdottir (975-?) in 1006/7, she was the daughter of Styr, a rich York citizen. He had two sons with her – Gospatric FitzUhtred and Eadwulf III of Bamburgh (some sources add a third son, Aldred). As a result, Uhtred inherited Sigen’s father Styr’s enemy, Thurbrand the Hold.

Gospatric was born at Bamburgh castle and was reported as ‘treacherously slain’ in 1065 along with the thanes Gamel (son of Orm) and Ulf (the son of Dolfin). The treachery was ordered by Queen Edith (or Ealdgyth), the wife of Edward the Confessor. Her plot was hatched to benefit her brother Tostig. The following year, after the feast of St. Michael the archangel, Monday 3rd of October, the Northumbrian thanes, Gamelbearn, Buustan (son of Athelneth), and Glonicorn, (son of Heardulf), entered York with Bletlijn and Rhywallon, princes of North Wales with two hundred soldiers, to revenge Gospatric.

Their second son, Eadwulf, had become Earl of Northumbria in 1038, but he was slain in 1041 by Siward, who became Earl of Northumbria, reputedly acting on the orders of King Harthacnut.

Tostig and Edith were brother and sister of Harold Godwinson. As their eldest brother, Sweyn, was exiled, so Harold became the last Anglo-Saxon king, as Harold II. He was probably the first to be crowned at Westminster Abbey.

He had to face first an invasion byhis brother Tostig and Harald Hardrada of Norway. At the battle of Stamford Bridge on 25 Sep 1066, his army killed them both. They then had to hasten south almost three hundred miles to try to stop William of Normandy‘s invasion.

Bayeux Tapestry depiction of Harold’s death
Harold Rex interfectus est, “[Here] King Harold is killed”

Harold was killed at the Battle of Hastings on 14 Oct 1066. The Norman invasion had begun,
and William became the king.

Uhtred was married for a third time in 1009, to Aelfgifu (Edith) (997-1042), the daughter of Aethelred the Unready (or Æthelred) , King of the English (906-1016) and his wife, another Aelgifu (963-1002).

Uhtred and Aelfgifu had two daughters Ealdgyth (1015-1086) and Aelfthryth (or Algitha).

Aethelred reigned from 978 to 1016, taking the throne at the age of 12.
The ‘Unready’ in his epithet actually means ‘ill-advised’.

He was constantly harrassed by the Danes, these increased in the 980s, and even more seriously in the early 990s. Following the Battle of Maldon in 991, Æthelred paid tribute, or Danegeld, to the Danish king. But, in 1002, Aethelred ordered the St. Brice’s Day massacre of Danish settlers.

In 1013, King Sweyn Forkbeard of Denmark invaded England, forcing Aethelred to flee to Normandy and was replaced as king by Sweyn.

After Sweyn died in 1014, Aethelred returned to the throne, but died just two years later.

Uhtred’s daughter, Ealdgyth first married Maldred of Scotland, Lord Of Carlisle and Allerdale, who was in 1034 appointed as King of the Cumbrians, his kingdom included Strathclyde and the Lennox. They had two sons, Gospatric, who was the first Earl of Dunbar and Earl of Northumbria, and the second son had his father’s name, Maldred. Both Maldred’s were killed in the same battle in 1045. Ealdgyth later married Alfgar III, Earl of Mercia, they had several children.

The ‘Houses of Uhtred and Siward’ above shows a Waltheof II. In 1075 this Waltheof joined the Revolt of the Earls against William the Conqueror. His motives for taking part in the revolt are unclear, as is the depth of his involvement. However he repented, confessed his guilt first to Archbishop Lanfranc and then in person to William, who was at the time in Normandy. He returned to England with William but was arrested, brought twice before the king’s court and sentenced to death. He spent almost a year in confinement before being beheaded on 31 May 1076 at St. Giles’s Hill, near Winchester.

In 1016 Uhtred was campaigning with Aethelred‘s son Edmund Ironside in Cheshire. While away, Sweyn’s son, Cnut, invaded Yorkshire, his forces were strong and so Uhtred was obliged to acknowledge him as King of England. Uhtred was summoned to a peace meeting with Cnut, and on the way there, he and forty of his men were murdered by Thurbrand the Hold at Wighill, with the connivance of Cnut.

Uhtred was succeeded in Bernicia by his brother Eadwulf Cudel.

The killing of Uhtred by Thurbrand the Hold started a blood feud that lasted for many years. Uhtred’s son Ealdred subsequently avenged his father by killing Thurbrand, but Ealdred in turn was killed by Thurbrand’s son, Carl. Eadred’s vengeance had to wait until the 1070s, when Waltheof II, Eadred’s grandson had his soldiers kill most of Carl’s sons and grandsons. This is an example of the long-lived Northumbrian blood feuds that were common at this time. 

GGF28 – Eadwulf II of Bamburgh (?-913)

GGF28 – Eadwulf II was the son of my GGF 27 – Oswulfe I, Earl of Northumbria (885-963), he too was born at Bamburgh Castle.

But little is known except his epithet as ‘King of the Northern English‘. Coins issued in 905, during his presumed period of reign, were new in approach and bore no king’s name, showing York as their point of origin and were inscribed as ‘St Peter’s money’.

However three records of the time all agree that he died in 913 – the chronicle of Æthelweard, the Irish Annals of Ulster and the Annals of Clonmacnoise. The two Irish sources call him king of the Saxons of the north while Æthelweard’s says Eadwulf ruled as reeve of the town called Bamburgh, and stated that he only ruled the northern part of Northumbria.

Eadwulf as an earl, flourished between about 890 and 912, and ruled an area north of the River Tyne and extending into what is now southern Scotland from the old Northumbrian royal centre at Bamburgh.

Certainly he was granted the Earldom of Bamburgh/Northumberland by first King Alfred the Great and again by his successor Edward the Elder.

He swore allegiance to the Kings of England and was given the Earl title to be held by birth succession.

He married Aethelthryth (865-?) and they had four children (see below).

In 913 Eadred, son of Rixinc, invaded Eadwulf‘s territory and killed him, then seized his wife and went to the sanctuary of the lands of St Cuthbert south of the River Tyne.

GGM28 – Aethelthryth (865 – ?)

The daughter of Aella (or Ælla) – see below. Eadwulf and Aethelthryth had four children –

  • Ealdred I of Bamburgh (860-933)
  • Uhtred (881-950)
  • Adulf McEtuife or Aethelwulf (882-934)
  • Oswulfe (885-963) – see above.

GGU29 – Osberht (or Osbryht) of Northumbria (830-867)

Coins from Osberht’s reign

Osberht succeeded Aethelred (son of Eanred) as King of Northumbria from 840-862, though this was interrupted in 844 when the Viking Raedwulf usurped his throne. Little is known of Osberht‘s reign, though Symeon of Durham suggested he was sacrilegious in that he tried to wrest control of lands from the chuch.

In 862 Aella (see below), either his brother or a complete outsider, usurped the throne of Northumbria.

On 1 Nov 866 the Vikings seized Northumbria’s capital, Eforwic (York), almost bloodlessly because the Anglians were celebrating All Saints Day, and therefore ensconced inside their churches. The VIkings renamed the city as Jórvík.

In 867 Osberht and Aella were reconciled and they moved off into Scotland away from their southern threat, one source reports that they jointly took control of Sterling Castle.

As we will see below they were both killed by the Vikings at the battle of York on 21 Mar 867.

Osberht may have been buried in Thornhill, Yorkshire. A rare cluster of high status Anglian gravestones from that era, one bearing his name, were discovered in Victorian times in the graveyard of the ancient church of St Michael and All Angels.

GGF29 – Aella or Ælla (Abt 800 – 21 Mar 867)

Some sources suggest Aella was Osberht’s brother, others that he was an ousider-usurper, we have considered him as his elder brother. Aella was King of Northumbria from 862-867.

Symeon of Durham had complained of Osberht seizing church lands, but then Aella certainly did so too, he took estates at Billingham, Crece, Ileclif and Wigeclif from the church.

According to an Anglo-Norman genealogy, Aella had a daughter named Aethelthryth (see above) and through her was the grandfather of Eadwulf of Bamburgh, ‘King of the Northern English’ (also above).

Aella is reported as being something of a tyrant. The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle says he captured the (legendary?) Swedish-Danish Viking leader, Ragnar Lodbrok, and put him to death in a pit of snakes.

Ragnar’s execution

It suggests the 866 Viking invasion was triggered by Ragnar‘s execution. These Viking sources suggest that his sons organised the invasion, took and tortured Aella to death, using amethod they call the ‘blood eagle’, which was very bloodthirsty, the ribs were severed from the spine and the lungs pulled out and backwards, to resemble wings.

However Anglian reports said he died on the battlefield. Reports suggest that the Vikings appeared to be running away, but that when the Anglians pursued them, they found themselves encircled.

The Vikings appointed a puppet king of Northumbria, Ecgberht who reigned from 867-872, though little is reported. Symeon of Durham lists the leaders of the Viking army as Amund, Beicsecg, Frana, Guthrun, Halfdene [Halfdann], Harold, Hubba, Inguar [Ingvar], Osbern, Oscytell [Ketill] and Sidroc.

According to the Ragnarssona þáttr, the army that seized York in 866 was led by Björn Ironside, Hvitserk, Ivar the Boneless, Sigurd Snake-in-the-Eye and Ubba, the sons of Ragnar Lodbrok, who avenged his death by subjecting Aella to the ‘blood eagle’.

So far, I have been unable to find any source for the father of Aella and/or Osberht, nor can I establish who Aella married, though I have traced two daughters for him, Blaeja (aka Hejuna) and Aethelthryth.

Blaeja was born in Northumbria and married the Dane Sigurd ‘Snake-in-the-eye’ Ragnarsson. (though he also went by his mother’s name, Sigurd Áslaugsson). The snake-in-the-eye epithet referenced a congenital mark in his eye that resembled the ouroboros, a serpent or a dragon eating its own tail.

Engraving of the Danish king Sigurd Snake-in-the-Eye,1670

Sigurd features in the Scandinavian sagas and histories, as a boy he and his surviving brothers avenged the killing of two of their siblings by the Swedish king Eysteinn Beli (aka Östen). They assembled a fleet of twenty-nine longships and killed the king at his base in Uppsala. Still a boy he accompanied his father to Scotland and the Scottish Isles where they killed the local earls. Subsequently Sigurd and his brothers were appointed sub-rulers of these territories.

Ragnarssona þáttr states that when his father died, Sigurd inherited the Danish islands of Halland, Scania, Viken and Zealand. It is also possible he was for a time co-ruler of Denmark with his brother Halfdan, because Frankish sources mention Sigfred and Halfdan as rulers in 873. It is confusing because the name Sigurd and Sigfred were constantly interchanged in these times.

Of course, Sigurd was one of the sons who assembled the ‘Great Heathern Army’ that occupied and sacked York to bring Aella (Blaeja’s father) to York, where they killed him to avenge the death of their father, Ragnar. Blaeja died in 875 in Jutland, Denmark, while Sigurd was killed in Frisia (NL) in 887.

The Last Kingdom has Aella, Osberht and Uhtred joining forces to fight the Vikings in York, their sham retreat works and Aella is killed.

List of rulers of Bamburgh and their reigns (useful for background/context):
Eadwulf of Bamburgh (890– 913), ‘king of the north Saxons’ in the Annals of Ulster[2]
Ealdred I of Bamburgh 913 – c. 933, son of Eadwulf of Bamburgh.
Æthelstan of England (c. 933 – 939), overlord of all Northumbria
Adulf McEtulfe (died 934), named ‘King of the Northern Saxons’ by the Annals of Clonmacnoise
Edmund I of England (939), possibly overlord of Northumbria
Olaf Guthfrithson (939–941), possibly ruled all of Northumbria
Amlaíb Cuarán (941–944), possibly ruled all of Northumbria
Edmund I of England (944–946), possibly overlord of Northumbria
Oswulfe I of Bamburgh (946–963)
Eadwulf I ‘Evil-Child’ of Bamburgh (floruit 963–973)
Waltheof of Bamburgh (c994), son of Oswulfe I of Bamburgh
Uhtred ‘the Bold’ of Northumbria (1006–16), ruled all Northumbria, son of Waltheof of Bamburgh
Eadwulf II ‘Cudel’ of Bamburgh (died 1019), son of Waltheof of Bamburgh
Ealdred II of Bamburgh (died 1038) son of Uhtred ‘the Bold’ of Northumbria
Eadwulf III of Bamburgh (died 1041) son of Uhtred ‘the Bold’ of Northumbria
Bernicia united to the rest of Northumbria during this period (1041–65)
Oswulfe II of Bamburgh (1065–67) son of Eadwulf III of Bamburgh
List of Kings of Northumbria: (Bernicia – northern area)
Ida (547-560), built Bamburgh as a stockade and rampart
Aelle (561-588)
Aethelric (588-593), son of Ida
Aetherlfrith (593- ) son of Aetheleric, expanded the realm, killed in battle with Raedwald,
king of East Angles, championing the cause of Eadwine, son of Aelle
Eadwine (617-633) son of Aelle
Eanfrith (634-635) son of Aetherlfrith, returned from exile, murdered
Oswald (635-641) killed in battle
Oswiu or Oswine (642-670), brother of Oswald
Ecgfrith (670-685) son of Oswiu, killed at battle of Nechtansmere
Aldfrith (685-704) died from long-term illness
Eadwulf I (704-705)
Osred (705-716) son of Aldfrith
Coenred (716-718)
Osric (718-729) son of Aldfrith, brother or half-brother to Osred, comets seen at time of his death
Ceolwulf (729-737) brother to Coenred
Eadberht (738-758), abdicated in favour of his son Oswulf
Oswulf (758-759) murdered by members of his household
Aethelwald Moll (759-765), deposed
Alhred (765-774), deposed and exiled
Aethelred (774-779) son of Aethelwald Moll
Aelfwald I (779-788)
Osred II (789-790) son of Alhred, deposedto bringback Aethelred
Aethelred (790-796) second term, murdered at Corbridge
Eardwulf (796-806/8), deposed
Aelfwald II (806/8-808-810)
Eardwulf (808-810), restored
Eanred (810-841), son of Eardwulf
Aethelred II (841-844 and 848-849) son of Eanred, deposed
Raedwulf (844-848) Usurper, killed in battle
Osbehrt (848/9-862/3 and 867-21 Mar 867) killed by the Danes at York
Aella (862/3-21 Mar 867) Usurper, Killed by the Danes at York
Ecgbert I (867-873) puppet king for the Danes, expelled
Ricsige (873-876)
Ecgbert II (876-?)
Eadwulf II (?-913)
Ealdred I (913-933) ceded the crown to Aethelstan as king of the English in 927
Adulf McEtulfe (933-934)
Edmund of Wessex (944-946) ruled as king of the English, with Eadmund as administrator

[Note: the Vikings ruled the south of Northumbria:
– while Ecgbert I was in power there was Ricsige, Halfdan Ragnarsson and Guthred
– during Eadwulf II’s reign there was Siefried, Cnut, Aethlewald, Halfdan and Eowils
– during Ealdred I’s reign there was Raegnald, Sigtrygg, Guthfrith and Aethelstan
– during Adulf McEtulfe’s reign there was Aethelstan

The Vikings then ruled both regions under:
Olaf Guthfrithson (939-941)
– Olaf Sihtricson (941-944 and 949-952)
– Sitric II (942)
– Ragnall Guthfrithson (943-4)
Eric Bloodaxe (947-8 and 952-4)]
List of Earls of Northumbria:
Uhtred the Bold (1006–1016), ealdorman of all Northumbria
Eric of Hlathir (1016–1023), appointed by Cnut after Uhtred’s killing
Siward (1031–1055), without underlings in Bernicia from 1041
Tostig (1055–1065)
Morcar (1065–1066)
Copsi (1067)
Oswulfe II (1067)
Gospatric (1067–1068), given lands in Scotland, his heirs became earls of Dunbar
Robert Comine (1068–1069)
[Vacant during the Harrying of the North]
Gospatric (1070–1072)
Waltheof II (1072–1075)
William Walcher (1075–1080), also prince-bishop of Durham
Aubrey de Coucy (1080–1086)
Robert de Mowbray (1086–1095)

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