|Washington Family Genealogy
|Tracing the royal ancestry of the Washington Family
down through the centuries from before 439AD.
0*** to before 0439AD: Eochy Munrevar (Eugenius), King of Dalrieda.
Before 0439 to 958: a hereditary line of Kings of Scotland descended from Eochy Munrevar.
958 to 1034: Malcolm II, King of Scotland. A continuation of the hereditary line of Scottish Kings.
1043 to 1045: Bethoc (Beatrix), Queen of Scotland. Daughter of Malcolm II, she was born in Angus in 984
and married Crinan the Thane, “Mormaer of Atholl”. He was born in 975 and died in battle in 1045 in
Dunkeld, Scotland. He was the Abbott of Dunkeld. Their eldest son, King Duncan of Scotland, died
Maldred of Scotland, Lord of Allendale and Carlisle, and King of the Cumbrians. The Washington
Line is descended from this Maldred. He was the younger son of Beatrix, Queen of Scotland and Crinan
the Thane. Born in 1009 or 1015 at Dunbar he was slain in battle in 1045 alongside his father. He married
Aeglithia (Ealdgyth) of Northumbria sometime between 1030 and 1038. She was also known as Edith of
Northumberland, and was the grand-daughter of Lady Godiva of Mercia. Her father was Ughtred of
Northumberland and her grandfather was King Ethelred II. Maldred’s eldest brother became Duncan I, King
of Scotland and was killed by Macbeth. Macbeth was succeeded by Duncan’s two sons: Malcolm III, King
of Scotland, and Donald III, King of Scotland. Their story was immortalised by Shakespeare.
1066: The Norman Invasion and Conquest. Radical changes occurred in England and Scotland as a result
of the Norman Invasion. The people of the North did not accept William the Conqueror as their new King
and the opposing forces clashed at the Battle of Shaden’s Hill in 1068, on the northern boundary of
Washington, Tyne and Wear. William the Conqueror won, his weapons were better than ours. The Danes
and the Scots helped us fight the battle so we didn’t stand alone. Some of the fighting was on the Black Fell,
but the main fighting was on Shadens Hill. Those survivors who weren’t able to flee were slaughtered,
whole families of them. Widespread famine followed and corpses rotted where they fell, there was no-one
left to bury them. The North of England became virtually uninhabited as people were either slaughtered, fled
or died of famine. This state of affairs lasted for nine years. Had William had the Doomsday Book compiled
a few years earlier than he did then the pages for the North of England would have been left completely
Maldred, Lord of Allendale. Born around 1039, he was the elder son of Maldred of Scotland and Edith
of Northumberland. He received Winlaton from the Bishop of Durham in 1084. His younger brother,
Gospatrick, who was born about 1040, bought the Earldom of Northumbria from William the Conqueror.
The cost was high; the betrayal of his cousin, Malcolm III King of Scotland, and his Scottish ancestry. This
is the story of the betrayal: Malcolm III King of Scotland was using Cumberland and Westmoreland as a
base for raids against William the Conqueror in 1070. To prove his loyalty to William the Conqueror,
Gospatrick plundered Cumberland and slaughtered the inhabitants. He then returned with his plunder to his
fortress at Bamburgh Castle. Malcolm took his revenge, not against his cousin Gospatrick but against the
people of Northern England! He was no better than William the Conqueror, he slaughtered what few
inhabitants were left or took them as slaves. This incident became known as “King Malcolm’s Revenge”.
That Gospatrick was created the First Earl of Lothian (Dunbar) (whose Coat of Arms is Gules a Lion
Rampant Argent) by his cousin King Malcolm of Scotland leads to the speculation that they were perhaps
playing “War Games” at the cost of the Northern English. It is from this younger son Gospatrick, First
Earl of Northumberland and First Earl of Lothian (Dunbar) or March that the Washington Family is
descended. Gospatrick married Princess Æthelreda of England and they had 10 children.He visited Rome in
1061 and died c1074/5.
Gospatric, Earl of Northumberland and 2nd Earl of Lothian (Dunbar) or March. Born about 1073, he
was a benefactor of Kelso Abbey in Northumberland. He died on August 22, 1138 in the Battle of the
Standard, Cowton Moore, near Northallerton in Yorkshire. The name of his first wife is unknown.
Gospatric, Earl of Northumberland and 3rd Earl of Lothian (Dunbar) or March and Lord of Beanley.
His name first appears when he witnesses a charter concerning a grant of his father's to Coldingham Priory.
Upon his father's death in 1138, he inherited his father's territories in Northumberland, East Lothian and the
Scottish Borders. His seal bore the title "Earl of Lothian". His wife was named Derdrie and they had two
sons: Waldeve/Waltheof (Walter) who inherited the title (he styled Earl of Dunbar in place of Earl of
Lothian), and a younger son Sir Patric de Greenlaw. It is thought that Gospatric the 3rd Earl of Lothian
became part of the monastic community at Durham, where he died and was buried in 1166.
Sir Patrick de Greenlaw, and of The Hirsell and Offerton. He was born before 1130 at Hertburn, a
younger son of Gospatric 3rd Earl of Lothian/Dunbar. The lands of Offerton stand across the River Wear
from Washington. He also had estates in Scotland, including Le Hirsel which lies on the north bank of the
River Tweed two miles NW of Coldstream. (Today Le Hirsel is the seat of the Earls of Hume. The 14th
Earl, Sir Alec Douglas Hume, was British Prime Minister 1963-1964.) Sir Patrick's great grandson,
William Dunbar of Greenlaw, (a younger son of William de Wessington II) married his second
cousin, Ada, great grand-daughter of Waldeve, Sir Patrick's older brother. Ada was given the lands
of Home/Hume and the castle as a dowry by her father. Together, William and Ada founded the
Home/Hume Dynasty. Sir Patrick de Greenlaw, and of the Hirsell and Offerton died around 1188.
Sir William fitz Patrick de Hertburn. The eldest son of Sir Patrick de Greenlaw, and of The Hirsell and
Offerton he was born about 1150 in Hertburn, Durham, and died about 1194. William de Hertburn had four
children by his first wife, name unknown, Walter (named after his father’s older brother Waldeve), William,
Marjorie and Agnes. His second marriage was to his kinswoman Marjory (Margaret) de Huntingdon,
Countess of Richmond. She was also born around 1150 and this was her third marriage. Countess Margaret
was sister to William the Lion, King of Scotland, and Malcolm IV the Maiden King of Scotland. Her father
was Henry, Earl of Northumberland and Huntingdon and her paternal grandfather was David I, the Saint
King of Scotland. Her youngest brother, David Earl of Huntingdon, was the ancestor of the de Bruce and
Balliol families. Sir William and Countess Margaret shared the same Great-great-great-great Grandparents;
Beatrix, Queen of Scotland and Crinan the Thane. The Washington family name was acquired in 1183 when
William fitz Patrick de Hertburn assumed tenancy of the Washington lands from the Bishop of Durham at a
cost of four ponds per year. It was to his advantage to accept Washington in exchange for his Stockton
lands since he was already heir to the lands at Offerton, which lie just across the River Wear from
Washington. It was upon his acquisition of the Washington lands in 1183 that Sir William fitz Patrick de
Hertburn became William de Wessynton I.
The Washington Line Continues: William de Wessington I was succeeded by direct male descendents and
their families until the death of his great-great-great-great grandson, Sir William de Wessington V in 1399.
As he and his wife, Alina, did not have a male heir the Washington Manor passed into the hands of the
Tempest family, when their daughter Eleanor married Sir William Tempest, a relative from Yorkshire.
However, as Sir William Tempest also died without leaving a male heir the Washington Manor then passed
into the hands of the Mallory family when their daughter Dyonisia Tempest married William Mallory, Lord of
Hutton Conyers. As Dyonisia was heiress to Studley Royal as well as Washington Manor, upon their
marriage William Mallory became Lord of Hutton Conyers, Lord of Studley Royal and Lord of Washington
Manor. They named their first daughter Jane Mallory.
George Washington, the First President of the United States of America, was descended from William de
William de Wessington I had a grandson, William de Wessington III. A younger son of William de
Wessington III married Joan de Stickland in 1292. She was heiress to Carnforth, in Warton, Lancashire. It
is from this union that George Washington, the First President of the United States of America, is descended.
|By Audrey Fletcher
|Washington Old Hall:
the ancestral home of
|Lords of Washington Manor.
The Washington, Tempest, Mallory
and Blakiston Families.
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comprising a short history of George Washington, his Royal
Ancestry and the development of the Washington Coat of Arms. It
also includes information about his ancestral home: The
Washington Old Hall in Washington Village, Tyne Wear, England.
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