Post by taf
Unfortunately, I have been misled by Wikipedia (article on Gospatric),
which says "Alternatively, some suggest Gospatric may have been the
youngest son of Earl Uhtred the Bold (died 1016) or the grandson of
Uhtred's discarded first wife, Ecgfritha, daughter of Aldhun, Bishop
of Durham, through Sigrida, her daughter with Kilvert, son of Ligulf."
I was unable to follow up on this because it cites Forte, Oram and
Pederson, Viking Empires, p. 204, which Google Books won't let me see.
However, with some creative string searching, I learn that this book
repeats verbatim the text of Oram, The Lordship of Galloway, p. 32,
and again some creative searching there gives me the following,
"A key figure in the political structure of Cumberland in the mid
eleventh century was a nobleman named Cospatric, who issued a writ in
favour of one Thorfinn mac Thore concerning land in Allerdale.
The identity of this Cospatric is a matter of some controversy , the
two main arguments naming him either as youngest son of Earl Uhtred,
or the son of Maldred, who was to become earl of Northumbria briefly
between 1068 and 1072, and who subsequently became earl of
Dunbar. Alternatively he may have been the grandson of Bishop
Aldhun's daughter, Ecgfrytha, through Sigrida, the daughter of her
second marriage to Kilvert, son of Ligulf."
So this is saying that the Cospatric who granted Allerdale may be
Cospatric, son of Uhtred, or he may be earl Cospatric, son of Maldred
(with a cite I can't see), or (in what appears to be the author's own
speculation) he may be Cospatric son of Arkil. The author is not
questioning that earl Gospatric was the son of Maldred, only whether
he was the Allerdale grantor and Cumberland notable, or whether the
Cumberland notable and Allerdale grantor Cospatric was distinct from
the earl and instead one of these other people also named Cospatric.
(The son of Uchtred is not named in De Obsessione, but is given brief
notice by Simeon: "But earl Uchtred had left three sons, Aldred,
Eadulf, and Cospatric, of whom the first two were successively earls
of the Northumbrians."; the grandson of Kilvert is named in De
Obsessione immediately after the other Cospatric, but again, nothing
but genealogical information is given - "The daughter of bishop Aldun,
whom earl Ucthred had sent away, became the wife of a certain thane in
Yorkshire, namely, Kilvert, the son of Ligulf; their daughter,
Sigrida, became the wife of Arkil, the son of Ecgfrid, and she bore
him a son named Cospatric. This Cospatric took to wife the daughter of
Dolfin, the son of Torfin, by whom he begot Cospatric, who of late
ought to have fought with Waltheof, the son of Eilaf.")
Oram's footnote 172 may provide further information, but this looks
like a Wikipedia editor has misunderstood the source, confusing the
nature of the controversy. Thus I am unaware of any scholar
questioning Simeon on the identity of earl Gospatric with Maldred's son.
Transformation, 1000-1135* (1979) pp. 43-44, and
Archibald Duncan, *The Making of the Kingdom* (1975) p. 98.