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 was 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]


  1. 1 2 3 Hamilton, Mighty Subjects, p. 28
  2. Hamilton, Mighty Subjects, pp. 28–29
  3. 1 2 3 Hedley, Northumberland Families, vol. i, p. 241
  4. Hedley, Northumbrian Families, vol. i, p. 239
  5. Phythian-Adams, Land of the Cumbrians, pp. 157–58
  6. Oram, David I, pp. 93–94
  7. Barrow, Kingdom of the Scots, p. 139
  8. Barrow, Acts of William I, pp. 193–94; Hamilton, Mighty Subjects, p. 29
  9. Anderson, Early Sources, vol. ii, p. 170
  10. Knowles, Brooke and London, Heads of Religious Houses, p. 42


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