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Sigurd of Northumberland
Earl of Northumbria and Huntingdon. He is also called Siward. He held the earldom from at least 1050-1052, when he is addressed as earl in a charter of King Edward. He was a Dane who perhaps came to England with Canute, and possibly held the earldom of the southern, Danish, portion of ancient Northumbria since in or before 1041. His marriage had given him some claim to the hereditary earldom of Northumbria, and in or before 1042 the murder of his wifeÕs uncle Eadulf put him, as earl, in possession of the whole of Northumbria, from the Humber to the Tweed. He was presumably earl of Northampton and Huntingdon also. He gave active support to the Conqueror again earl Godwin and his sons, and in 1054 led a force of English and Danes against the Scottish usurper MacBeth, which put Malcolm upon his murdered fatherÕs throne.
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