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 Siward Bjornsson

Siward Bjornsson

Birth
Denmark
Death 1055 (aged 34–35)
York, York Unitary Authority, North Yorkshire, England
Burial York, York Unitary Authority, North Yorkshire, England
Memorial ID 87862922 · View Source
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Also known as Sigurd, Earl of Northumberland or Sigurd the Dane

Scandinavian viking who secured his position in England by marrying Aelflaed, the daughter of Aldred of Bernicia, during the reign of Canute. After killing off all of Aldred's successors, he became the Earl of Northumbria. He would leave a son, Waltheof, who would become the next Earl of Northumbria. His first born, Osberne, would die in battle against the Scots.

Sigurd was known to be six foot seven, and believed to be a descendant of a royal Danish family who arrived in England with king Canute, and received the title of Earl of York from Canute in 1031. Sigurd immediately replaced the existing nobility with his own, trusted men. In 1054 he led a successful invasion of Scotland, defeating Macbeth and replacing him with Malcolm Canmore.

When Sigurd died, he was replaced by Tosnig as Earl of Northumbria.


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  • Created by: Anne Shurtleff Stevens
  • Added: 1 Apr 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 87862922
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Siward Bjornsson (1020–1055), Find A Grave Memorial no. 87862922, citing St Olave Churchyard, York, York Unitary Authority, North Yorkshire, England ; Maintained by Anne Shurtleff Stevens (contributor 46947920) .