Waltheof, 3rd Earl of Dunbar was born on an unknown date to Gospatric III, Earl of Lothian (-1166) and Deirdre and died 1182 of unspecified causes. He married Alina . Ancestors are from England.

Waltheof (died 1182), Earl of Lothian or "Dunbar" and lord of Beanley, was a 12th-century Anglo-Scottish noble. He was the eldest son of Gospatric III, Earl of Lothian by his Scottish wife Deirdre.

Waltheof's grandfather Gospatric II died at the Battle of the Standard in 1138, and Waltheof's father Gospatric III became earl. Richard of Hexham reported that in 1139 the son of Earl Gospatric served as a hostage to King Stephen of England after the following peace agreement. It is generally believed, although there can be no proof, that this son was the young Waltheof. Exactly how long Waltheof would have stayed as a hostage is not known, but Waltheof's father Gospatric died in 1166 and Waltheof was apparently earl already in 1165. This was probably because Gospatric had retired to Durham as a monk some time before his actual death.

Waltheof's activities as earl included trying to persuade King William of Scotland not to invade England, which William did anyway in 1174; and arbitrating a dispute between the Abbot of Melrose and Richard de Morville. Waltheof married a woman named Alina, possibly Scottish, and by her fathered three children, Patrick (his successor), Causantín (Constantine) and Helen. He died in 1182, and is styled "Earl of Dunbar" by the Chronicle of Melrose. He was the first man to be called "earl of Dunbar" rather than "earl of Lothian".


Offspring of Waltheof, 3rd Earl of Dunbar and Alina
Name Birth Death Joined with
Patrick I, 4th Earl of Dunbar (1152-1232) 1152 31 December 1232 Scotland Ada of Scotland (c1164-1200)


Offspring of Gospatric III, Earl of Lothian. 2ndEarl of Dunbar and Deirdre
Name Birth Death Joined with
Waltheof, 3rd Earl of Dunbar (-1182) 1182 Alina

Patrick de Dunbar


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