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MERCIA

The following families are grouped together, but exact relationship between them has not been established.

Mercia also included the sub-kingdoms of

Lindsey (north Lincs),

Hwicce (south-west Mercia, centred around Worcester)

and Magonsaete (centred around Shropshire).

Mercia also included the land of the Five Boroughs, viz

Derby, Leicester, Lincoln, Nottingham and Stamford

MERCIA KINGDOM

[PEND051] Icel m. ?
. [PEND061] Cnebba m. ?
. . [PEND071] Cynewald m. ?
. . . [PEND081] Cridda of Mercia m. ?
. . . . [PEND091] Pybba of Mercia m. ?
. . . . . [PEND102] --- of Mercia m. [CYNA201] King Cadwallon ap Cadfan of Gwynedd
. . . . . [PEND101] Cenwalh m. ?
. . . . . . [PEND111] Cundwalh m. ?
. . . . . . . [PEND121] Centwine m. ?
. . . . . . . . [PEND131] Cynreow m. ?
. . . . . . . . . [PEND141] Bassa m. ?
. . . . . . . . . . [PEND151] Cuthberht m. ?
. . . . . . . . . . . [PEND163] King Coenwulf of Mercia m. Aelthryth
. . . . . . . . . . . . [PEND173] Princess Edburgh of Mercia m. [MUCE251] Ealdorman Aethelred of the Gaini

[PEND051] Icel.

[PEND061] Cnebba.

[PEND071] Cynewald.

[PEND081] Cridda founded Mercia, ruled Mercia and Lindsey (586-93), and died 593.

[PEND091] Pybba ruled Mercia (c.593-606). He either died or was deposed 606.

[PEND102] --- (sister of King Penda of Mercia, i.e. daughter of Pybba) married (c.632) [CYNA201] King Cadwallon ap Cadfan (see GWYNEDD KINGDOM (1)).

[PEND101] Cenwalh (son of Pybba).

[PEND111] Cundwalh (son of Cenwalh).

[PEND121] Centwine (son of Cundwalh).

[PEND131] Cynreow (son of Centwine).

[PEND141] Bassa (son of Cynreow).

[PEND151] Cuthberht (son of Bassa).

Cynefrith (possibly daughter of Cuthberht, see Mike Ashley's "British Kings and Queens") married Wiglaf, a Mercian Ealdorman who was later King of Mercia (827-29 & 830-9). King Wiglaf appears to have been involved in alterations to the crypt below the Mercian church at Repton (built c.675). Florence of Worcester recorded that Saint Wystan was buried in the mausoleum of his grandfather, Wiglaf.
          [Source: "St. Wystan's Church, Repton", (Dr. H. M. Taylor, 1989)]

 

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Repton Church
(22 May 2013)

Columns in the crypt
(22 May 2013)

[PEND163] Coenwulf (son of Cuthberht), King of Mercia (796-821), King of Kent (807-21), married Aelthryth.

[PEND173] Princess Edburga (daughter of Coenwulf), married [MUCE251] Ealdorman Aethelred Mucel (see GAINI).

MERCIA EARLDOM (1)

[MERW321] Earl Edwin of Mercia m. ?
. [MERW333] Ealdgyth of Mercia m2. [WESK351] King Edmund II ironside of England
. [MERW334] Aethelfleda of Mercia m. [OWAI341] Gronwy ab Einion

[MERW321] Edwin, Earl of Mercia, was said to be descended from King Alfred.

[MERW333] Ealdgyth (possibly daughter of Edwin) married 1. [SAXN331] Sifgeferth; then 2. [WESK351] King Edmund ironside, as Edmund is more likely to have married a daughter of an Earl, (see ANGLO-SAXON KINGS).

[MERW334] Aethelfleda (daughter of Earl Edwin of Mercia) married [OWAI341] Gronwy ab Einion who died c.980 (see SEISYLLWG (2)).

SOUTH EAST MERCIA

[SEMC281] Ealdorman Aethelfrith of South East Mercia m. [MUCE272] Aethelgyth of Mercia
. [SEMC291] Ealdorman Aelfstan of South East Mercia m. ?
. . [SEMC302] --- of South East Mercia m. [MERC311] Ealdorman Aelfwine

[SEMC281] Aethelfrith (born c.870), Ealdorman of South East Mercia, married [MUCE272] Aethelgyth (daughter of Ealdorman Aethelwulf, see GAINI), and died c.927. He was the father of four ealdormen, as follows:

[SEMC291] Aelfstan, Ealdorman of South East Mercia, see below for further details.

Athelstan half-king, Ealdorman of East Anglia (932-56), married Aelfwyn (who held land in Hunts).

Aethelwald I, Ealdorman of Kent, etc.

Eadric, Ealdorman of Central Wessex (929-49).

The fact that four of his sons held important ealdorman [= sub-king] positions (spanning several Anglo Saxon reigns), suggests Aethelfrith could have descended directly from the royal house, but there is inadequate information.

[SEMC291] Aelfstan (possibly eldest son of Aethelfrith), Ealdorman of South East Mercia. He died c.934.

[SEMC302] --- (daughter of Aelfstan) possibly married [MERC311] Aelfwine ([born c.930-34], see MERCIA EARLDOM (2) below.

MERCIA EARLDOM (2)

[MERC301] Ealdorman Ealhhelm of Central Mercia m. ?
. [MERC311] Ealdorman Aelfwine m. [SEMC302] --- of South East Mercia
. . [MERC321] Ealdorman Leofwine of Mercia m. Alwara
. . . [MERC331] Earl Leofric of Mercia m. [THOR302] Lady Godgifu of Lincolnshire
. . . . [MERC341] Earl Aelfgar of Mercia m1. [SAXN342] Countess Aelfgifu
. . . . . [MERC352] Eadgyth of Mercia m1. [GWYZ331] King Gruffydd ap Llywelyn of Gwynedd

[MERC301] Ealhhelm, said to be closely related to the Anglo-Saxon royal house, Ealdorman of Central Mercia (c.940-51).

[MERC311] Aelfwine [born c.935-40], Ealdorman (mentioned in the "Peterborough Chronicle of Hugh Candidus"), Discthegn [=table steward] of Berkshire. He married [SEMC302] --- (said to be daughter of Ealdorman Aelfstan, see SOUTH EAST MERCIA above).

[MERC321] Leofwine of Mercia ([born c.960], son of Aelfwine in the only known reference to his parentage) was Ealdorman [sub-king] of Hwicce (994) and of Mercia. He married Alwara (daughter [or perhaps only god-daughter] of Aethelstan Manesson, who was son of Mann), and died c.1023.

[MERC331] Leofric (born 14th May 978) married [THOR302] Godgifu Lady Godiva (born c.980], said to be sister to Thorold, Sheriff of Lincolnshire, see THOROLD SHERIFF OF LINCOLN). According to Henry of Huntingdon (12th Century):

Godgifu, worthy of perpetual renown, was famous for her great goodness, and built the abbey at Coventry, and incomparably endowed it with gold and silver. She also built the church of Stow, below the ridge on which Lincoln now stands, and many other churches.

But the incident which made her famous, riding naked through the streets of Coventry, was first recounted by Roger of Wendover c.1220.

Leofric was Earl of Chester (1018), then Earl of Mercia (1023-57), and died at Bromleage (31st August 1057). The "Domesday Book" (1086) records that Countess Godgifu had held land in Leicestershire and Warwickshire. Godiva died at Coventry (10th September 1067).

[MERC341] Aelfgar (born c.1002, son of Leofric) married 1. (c.1025-30) [SAXN342] Aelfgifu (born c.990, daughter of [SAXN331] Sigeferth the Saxon, see SAXONS below); then 2. (1058) --- of Gwynedd (daughter of Gruffydd ap Llywellyn, see GWYNEDD KINGDOM (2)). Aelfgar was Earl of East Anglia (1051-52 & 1053-57), then Earl of Mercia (1057-58). He was banished from England (1058), and died c.1062-65.

Michael Swanton gives as Aelfgar's wife: Aelfgifu (daughter of Thegn Siferth of the Seven Boroughs by Ealdgyth, who was daughter of Aelfthryth, who was son of Wulfrun the Mercian Lady).

[MERC352] Ealdgyth (born c.1042, daughter of Aelfgar & Aelfgifu) married 1. [GWYZ331] Gruffydd ap Llywelyn (see GWYNEDD KINGDOM (2)), killed in Snowdonia (5th August 1063); then 2. (c.1064-66) [GODW31] King Harold II, see EARL GODWINE). After Harold's death at the Battle of Hastings (14th October 1066) she went into exile on the Continent, and died sometime after 1098. [Michael Swanton also gives this version of marriages for Eadgyth.]

Eadwine/Edwin (born 1028, son of Aelfgar & Aelfgifu), Earl of Mercia (1065-66), and was killed "treacherously by his own men" (1071).

MERCIA THEGNS

[MERT311] Wulfsige of Mercia m. Wulfrun of Tamworth
. [MERT321] Aelfthryth of Mercia m. ?
. . [MERT332] Ealdgyth of Mercia m. [SAXN332] Morcar the Saxon

[MERT311] Wulfsige the black married Wulfrun of Tamworth ([born c.915], a noblewoman of Mercia, and possibly daughter of Thegn Wulfric Cufing of Mercia, by Lady Aelfwyn of Mercia [born c.888]). Wulfrun was captured at Tamworth in a raid by the Danes (943).

[MERT321] Aelfthryth [born c.940].

[MERT332] Ealdgyth ([born c.980], daughter of Aelfthryth, and niece of Wulfric Spot, Thegn of Mercia) married [SAXN332] Morcar (son of Earngrim, see SAXONS below).

SAXONS

[SAXN321] Earngrim the Saxon m. ?
. [SAXN332] Morcar the Saxon m. [MERT332] Ealdgyth of Mercia
. . [SAXN342] Countess Aelfgifu m. [MERC341] Earl Aelfgar of Mercia

[SAXN321] Earngrim the Saxon.

Sigeferth [Siferth] the Saxon (son of Earngrim the Saxon), thegn of the Seven Boroughs, married Ealdgyth (of unknown origin, but see Ealdgyth, mentioned under MERCIA EARLDOM (2) above). Sigeferth was treacherously murdered (1015) at Oxford, by ealdorman Eadric Streona, together with his brother Morcar. King Aethelred II the unready then seized all their property, and Sigeferth's widow Ealdgyth was sent to Malmesbury. Shortly afterwards, Aetheling Edmund travelled to Malmesbury and took Ealdgyth against the king's will. Ealdgyth later married 2. (1015) King Edmund ironside (see ANGLO-SAXON KINGS).

[SAXN332] Morcaer [Morcar] the Saxon (son of Earngrim the Saxon) married [MERT332] Ealdgyth (see MERCIA THEGNS above). Morcar together his brother Sigeferth (both the most senior thegns in the Seven Boroughs) were murdered at Oxford (1015) by ealdorman Eadric Streona, a staunch supporter of King Cnut.

This appears to be the only reference to the Seven Boroughs, in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicles (Peterborough manuscript). Apart from this being possibly a slip at the time, one historian has suggested that the 6th and 7th Boroughs could have been Torksey (5 miles upstream from Gainsborough) and York.

[SAXN342] Aelfgifu (born c.990, daughter of Morcar) married [MERC341] Earl Aelfgar (see MERCIA EARLDOM (2) above).