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Gospatrick ll mac Gospatrick, Earl of Dunbar

Also Known As: "Cospatric"
Birthplace: Dunbar, East Lothian, Scotland
Death: August 22, 1138 (71-80)
Yorkshire, England (United Kingdom) (killed in battle Cowton Moor, near Northallerton)
Place of Burial: England or Scotland?
Immediate Family:

Son of Gospatric, Earl of Dunbar and Mistress of Gospatric of Northumbria
Husband of Sybil Morel, of Bearley
Father of N.N. de Dunbar; Gospatric III, 2nd Earl of Lothian; Edward Dunbar; Edgar ‘the Dauntless’ of Dunbar; Eilaf of Dunbar and 3 others
Brother of Matilda, of Northumbria; Dolfin, Earl of Cumberland and Waltheof of Allerdale
Half brother of Æthelreda, of Northumbria; Octreda, of Northumbria and Gunhilda, of Northumbria

Occupation: Lord of Dunbar, Earl av Dunbar. Död 23 Aug 1138, Northallerton, battle of the Standard, Gospatricus "Gospatric de Dunbar;" Warden of the Marches, Earl of Dunbar
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About Gospatrick ll mac Gospatrick, Earl of Dunbar

Gospatric, who in one place calls himself Earl, and certainly held the rank and place of Earl or ruler of Lothian, does not appear on record until after 1100, the year of the accession of King Henry I. of England, and his earliest mention in Scottish writs is in 1119. Another peculiarity about his designation is that during his lifetime he is never but once, by himself, in a charter to the monks of Coldingham, styled Earl in Scottish charters. He is referred to, whether as a witness to charters, or a granter or recipient of charters, in nearly every case as Gospatric, brother of Dolfin. In 1119 he is a witness to the charter to the monks of Selkirk, and to the Inquisition of the see of Glasgow, as well as, later, to the foundation charter of Scone. He has also the same designation in the first grant to Holyrood. These are the chief references to him during his life in Scottish records, and while he evidently held a high position, he is never styled Earl until after his death. King Henry I., also in a charter of unknown date, but certainly some time after 1100, conferred upon him, as Gospatric, brother of Dolfin, a large tract of land lying between Wooler and Morpeth, in Northumberland. This extensive grant, which was confirmed at York about 1136, was held, not by knight's service or other service usual from a barony, though it is sometimes described as the barony of Beanley. It was held in grand serjeanty, the Earl and his descendants being bound to be "inborwe"' and ' utborwe ' between England and Scotland ; that is, they were to be security for persons passing to and fro between the two countries, who would not be allowed to travel north or south without permission of the lords of Beanley, a fact which practically gave to the Earls of Dunbar the important position of Wardens on both sides of the East March.
From another important English writ it appears that Gospatric, besides the lands named, held the adjoining territories of Bewick and Eglingham, of which he received a grant in feufarm from the abbot of St. Albans, by a special contract, dated between 1097 and 1119, and which were afterwards held by Edgar, a son of Gospatric. Earl Gospatric granted, probably towards the close of his life, the lands of Ederham, or Edrom, and Nisbet, to the monks of Coldingham, imprecating spiritual penalties on any who should interfere with the grant. He also gave the church of Edlingham in alms to the Abbey of St. Albans. He endowed the church of St. Nicholas of Home, in Berwickshire, his wife and family consenting to the gift. He joined his kinsman King David I. in the latter 's invasion of England in 1138, and commanded the men of Lothian at the battle of Cowton Moor, near Northallerton, otherwise called the battle of the Standard, fought on 23 August 1138. At least no other person could be described as the ' summus Dux Lodonensium ' who led them to the field. The Scots were defeated, and the leader of the Lothian men was slain or severely wounded by an arrow. Whether this were Earl Gospatric or not, he was certainly dead before 16 August 1139, when King David I. confirmed the grant of Edrom to the monastery of Coldingham.
The name of the Earl's wife has not been ascertained.
They had issue, four sons and a daughter:
1. Gospatric, who succeeded to the earldom of Dunbar.
2. Adam, at first called Waldeve, but who for some reason, perhaps a religious one, changed his name. He was a party and also a witness to the contract with the abbot of St. Albans already noted. Between 1151 and 1166 he acknowledged that the church of Edlingham, named in that contract, belonged to the Abbey of St. Albans, and undertook to pay a mark of silver, in name of said church, to the Cell at Tynemouth. He also was a witness to a charter by his brother Gospatric, to Coldingham, most of the others named being Churchmen. His name appears in several deeds, and he may have been a Churchman, but nothing further is known of him.
3. Edward, who held the lands of Edlingham, Hedgley, Harehope, and others, in Northumberland, and also lands in Scotland, not named, but apparently near Dunbar, which the monks of Melrose held from him in feufarm. He granted to the monks of May, for himself and his children, and for the soul of his wife Sibilla, a chalder of meal from his mill of Beletun, or Belton, near Dunbar, each year at the Feast of St. Cuthbert. Some time before 1176 he and his son Waldeve had a dispute with his brother Edgar as to the right to certain lands, but Edgar's claim was disallowed. Edward had issue by Sibilla his wife a son, Waldeve, who consented to the charter to the monks of May. He apparently had a son, named John, son of Waldeve, who died not long before 1247, and Edward's descendants held Edlingham and other lands for some generations.
4. Edgar, styled son of Gospatric in a charter granted by him to the monks of St. Albans, sometime between 1139 and 1146. He had also the flattering sobriquet of 'Unnithing,' Edgar Unnithing, or Edgar the Dauntless. He is first named in 1138, when Richard of Hexham, who styles him, probably with anger than truth, a bastard, 'nothus,' tells of his wicked plundering and destroying of lands belonging to the Abbey. He held Bewick and Eglingham from the monks of St. Albans in feu, but these were forfeited in 1174. He held also other lands in the same neighbourhood. The date of his death has not been ascertained. He married Aliz, daughter of Ivo, son of Forne, and with her obtained ten manors, five of which were in Northumberland, in Coquetdale, and the others situated in Yorkshire, Westmoreland, and Cumberland. He had two sons: Alexander, who died without issue and Patrick, who succeeded his father Edgar in the lands of Caistron. He or his descendants took the name of Caistron or Kestern, the last owner of the lands, John of Kestern, parting with them to the Abbey of Newminster about 1247, or a little later.
5. Juliana, who was given in marriage by King Henry I. to Ralph or Ranulf de Merlay, Lord of Morpeth, by a writ, in which she is described as daughter of Earl Gospatric. Her dowry consisted of Witton, Wyndgates, Horsley, Stanton, Ritton, and Lever Ohilde. She and her husband founded the Cistercian monastery of Newminster in 1138, and were buried there, in the north part of the chapter-house.
Source: "The Scots Peerage" Vol 3, page 246.

Gospatric II of Dunbar, Earl of Dunbar, Earl of March, b abt 1073, Dunbar, East Lothian, Scotland, d 23 Aug 1138, Battle of Standard.

  • parents: Gospatric I, Earl of Northumberland and Dunbar, b abt 1044, Northumberland, England, d 1074/75, Ubbanford, Scotland.

Married: (not Sybil Morel; she married his son Edward)

Children of Gospatric II of Dunbar were:

  1. Gospatric of Dunbar, Earl of Dunbar, b abt 1104.
  2. Juliana of Dunbar b abt 1120. She md Sir Ralph de Merlay, Lord of Morpeth, abt 1142, son of Sir William de Merlay.
  3. Daughter b abt 1125. She md Gilbride of Angus, Earl of Angus, abt 1144.
  4. Edgar of Dunbar b abt 1132. m ALICE, daughter of IVO FitzForne of Greystoke
  5. Edward of Dunbar. Married Sybil Morel.

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


Gospatrick MacGospatrick, Lord of Dunbar

3. GOSPATRICK (-[killed in battle Cowton Moor, near Northallerton 22 Aug 1138]). Simeon of Durham names "Dolfin, Walther and Cospatric" as the sons of Gospatrick[418]. He is named third of the three sons of Gospatrick by Roger of Hoveden[419].

GOSPATRICK, son of GOSPATRICK Earl of Northumberland & his wife --- (-[killed in battle Cowton Moor, near Northallerton 22 Aug 1138]). Simeon of Durham names "Dolfin, Walther and Cospatric" as the sons of Gospatrick[425]. He is named third of the three sons of Gospatrick by Roger of Hoveden[426]. He was one of the nine signatories of the charter of Scone in [1115][427]. He appears to have held the position of an earl but is not referred to as such in any known document in his lifetime[428].

Henry I King of England gave him the serjeanty of Beanley, Northumberland[429]. "…Cospatrico fratre Dalfini…" witnessed the charter dated to [1120] under which "David comes filius Malcolmi Regis Scottorum" founded the abbey of Selkirk[430]. "…Gospatricius [frater] Dolfini…" subscribed the possibly spurious charter dated to [1120] of "Alexander…Rex Scottorum…Sibilla regina Scottorum…"[431]. "…Cospatric frater Dalfin…" witnessed inquisitions by "David…Cumbrensis regionis princeps", dated 1124, concerning land owned by the church of Glasgow[432]. As "leader of the men of Lothian", he was killed in the battle of the Standard fighting the English[433]. "David Rex Scotie" confirmed the grant of Coldingham by "Gospatricus comes frater Dolfini" to St Cuthbert by charter dated 1139[434].

m ---. The name of Gospatrick´s wife is not known.

Gospatrick & his wife had three children:

1. GOSPATRICK de Dunbar (-1166[435]). He witnessed a charter at Kelso as "Cospatricius comes filius Cospatricii comitis" in 1140[436]. He founded the Cistercian convents at Coldstream and Eccles, co Berwick[437]. m DERDERE ---. Gospatrick & his wife had [three] children ...

2. EDGAR . m ALICE, daughter of IVO FitzForne of Greystoke, Cumberland & his wife Agnes ---. Her parentage and marriage are confirmed by the charter dated to [1150/62] under which “Walterus filius Yvonis” confirmed the grant of property to “Edgaro filio Cospatrici comitis cum Aliz sorore mea” made by “pater meus Yvo et Agnes mater mea” for their marriage[447]. They were ancestors of the Kilstern family[448].

3. JULIANA (-bur Newminster Abbey). A charter of Henry I King of England confirms that he arranged the marriage of “Ranulpho de Merlay” and “Julianam filiam comitis Cospatricii”, that she was granted “Horsley, Stanton, Witton, Ritton, Wyndgates” as her dower, and that they later founded Newminster Abbey, witnessed by “Patricio filio…Johanne Peverell de Baalcampo” and confirmed by “Edgarus filius Cospatricii comitis”[449]. She and her husband were both buried at Newminster[450]. m RANULF de Merlay of Morpeth, son of WILLIAM de Merlay of Morpeth, Northumberland & his wife Menialda --- (-after 1137, bur Newminster Abbey). A manuscript narrating the foundation of Newminster Abbey records the descendants of “Ranulphus de Merlay” and his wife until the 16th century[451].


Gospatricus comes frater Dolfini, 2nd Earl

Gospatric de Dunbar, Gospatricus comes
of Scotland


Born: 1070 and died 113?.

Son of: Gospatric the Earl

Brother of:

1. Dolfin

2. Walteof, who was a witness to the Inquisitio Davidis, 1116, and obtained from Ranulph and William de Meschines great estates In Cumberland and Westmoreland.

Gostpatricus married: around 1103, Sibella (believed to have been the daughter and heiress of Patrick de Dunbar).

Gostpatricus and Sibella had issue:

1. Gospatric.

2. Edward.

3. Edger.

4. Waldief.

5. Juliana.

Gospatricus comes frater Dolfini, 2nd Earl : An Overview

We know of Gostpatricus from the book "Records of the Heath Family", 1913 by George Heath. The entry reads as follows:

Gospatricus comes frater Dolfini, second Earl, born about 1070, in 1115 appears second of "the seven Earls of Scotland," who gave assent ("assensum praebeo") to the foundation charter granted to Scone by Alexander I., and he is styled "Gospatric de Dunbar" by David I., and "Gospatricus comes" by Henry the Earl.

He was a great donor to the abbey of Kelso, and in the register of that abbey are many of his charters, wherein he is styled Gospatricius Comes. In 1137, the Earls of Dunbar, Monteith, and Angus, fought the battle of Cletherton, wherein the Earl of Gloucester fell, but the victory was uncertain. In 1139, his sons were the hostages given for observing the peace made with England. This Earl was also made Warden of the Marches, and it is recorded, that the Kings of Scotland and England allowed him the privilege, to be in-borough and out-borough, that is to judge on either side of the Borders, for which office he held Brampton, in Northumberland, and other lands on the English side, and his successors, enjoyed his office an privilege. This Earl is generally believed to have married the daughter and heiress of Patrick de Dunbar about 1103 ; his wife's name was Sibella. He is represented on his seal having a short shield, and his horse is standing or walking to sinister. He died between the 26th December, 1135, and the 16th August, 1139, having had 'four sons and one daughter; (1) Gospatric, who succeeded him; (2) Edward ; (3) Edger; (4) Waldief ; and a daughter Juliana.


1. "Records of the Heath Family", 1913 by George Heath.

2. jj@jjhc.info

EARLDOM OF DUNBAR (II) GOSPATRIC DE DUNBAR, EARL [SCT], son and heir, who, as "Gospatricus Comes," witnesses a charter of 1140. He was founder of the Cistercian nunneries at Coldstream and Eccles, co. Berwick. He married Derdere. He died I166. [Complete Peerage IV:505, (transcribed by Dave Utzinger)]

Gospatric II, Earl of Lothian

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Gospatric II, Earl of Lothian or Earl of Dunbar, (d. 1138)[1], was an Anglo-Saxon noble from the early 12th century.

He was the son of Gospatric I, sometime Earl of Northumbria (d. after 1073). In the earliest sources, occurring at dates between 1120 and 1134 he is not styled "earl", but the "brother of Dolfin", the latter style being used in his own seal.

Later accounts say that he was granted lands by king Máel Coluim III, although it is possible that he received them from his father, while his brother Dolfin received much of Cumberland. As Gospatric held lands from both King David I of Scotland and King Henry I of England it is impossible to label him either "English" or "Scottish".

Gospatric enjoyed the benefits of the renewed prominence given to native Englishmen in the reign of Henry I. He and his children obtained many lands in England proper, and he himself gained jurisdiction over some northern English legal duties. He appears to have attained the status of "earl" by the year 1134, when that style first appears in documentary sources.

Earl Gospatric, described as "the chief leader of the men of Lothian" was killed at the Battle of the Standard, being "struck by an arrow, he fell".[2]

He had four sons, Gospatric III (his successor), Adam, Edward, and Edgar.


^ Anderson, Scottish Annals, p.203, n. 4; the title "Earl of Dunbar" is not actually in use until the time of Earl Waltheof; see MacDonald, "Waltheof, third earl of Lothian (d. 1182)".

^ Anderson, Scottish Annals, p.203 and n. 4.


Anderson, Alan Orr (ed.), Scottish Annals from English Chroniclers: AD 500–1286, (London, 1908)

Macdonald, Alastair J., "King's of the Wild Frontier? The earls of Dunbar or March, c. 1070-1435", in Steve Boardman and Alasdair Ross (eds.), The Exercise of Power in Medieval Scotland, (Portland/Dublin, 2003), pp. 139-58

McDonald, R. Andrew, ‘Gospatric, first earl of Lothian (d. 1138)’, in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004 , accessed 22 Nov 2006

McDonald, Andrew, ‘Waltheof, third earl of Lothian (d. 1182)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004 , accessed 28 Nov 2006

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Gospatric de Dunbar, 1st Earl of Dunbar was the son of Gospatric, Earl of Northumberland and unknown wife.1,2 He died on 22 August 1138, killed in action.1

Circa 1115 he seems to have been a signatory to the Charter of Scone by which the Abbey of Scone was founded.3 He was created 1st Earl of Dunbar [Scotland] circa 1115.1 He fought in the Battle of the Standard on 22 August 1138, where he lead his men of Lothian into a defeat by the English.1

Children of Gospatric de Dunbar, 1st Earl of Dunbar

  • Alan de Dunbar2 d. a 16 Aug 1139
  • Gospatric de Dunbar, 2nd Earl of Dunbar+4 d. bt 1156 - 1166


  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.
  3. [S37] Charles Mosley, editor, Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knightage, 107th edition, 3 volumes (Wilmington, Delaware, U.S.A.: Burke's Peerage (Genealogical Books) Ltd, 2003), volume 1, page 1207. Hereinafter cited as Burke's Peerage and Baronetage, 107th edition.
  4. [S37] Charles Mosley, Burke's Peerage and Baronetage, 107th edition. https://famouskin.com/family-group.php?name=42044+paget+brewster&ah...

The profiles listed below as children of this profile cannot be identified. The profiles were moved from Gospatrick II Mac Gospatrick, Earl of Dunbar 1062-1138 and wife of Gospatrick of Dunbar.

Uchtred born 1130 no documents found in research. Eilaf 1110 no documents found in research William 1245 date of birth does not match any research N N Dunbar does not match any research Walter does not match any research except Geni profile

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Dunbar, East Lothian, Scotland
Dunbar, East Lothian, Scotland
Dunbar, East Lothian, Scotland, United Kingdom
Dunbar Castle, East Lothian, Scotland
Dunbar, Eastlothian, Scotland (United Kingdom)
Dunbar Castle, East Lothian, Scotland (United Kingdom)
Dunbar Castle, East Lothian, Scotland
Dunbar Castle, East Lothian, Scotland
August 22, 1138
Age 76
Yorkshire, England (United Kingdom)