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, Freskin ancestor of the earls of Sutherland
(About 1120-1166)


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, Freskin ancestor of the earls of Sutherland 1

  • Born: About 1120
  • Marriage (1): Unknown
  • Died: by 1166

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  General Notes:

"The district thus known as Sudrland was at an early period under the sway of the Norse Earls, who also held Caithness, Ross, and Moray. The last of these who held the district was Earl Thorfinn, from 1014 to 1056, but
before his death the power of the Kings of Scotland was beginning to make itself felt in Sutherland. It was in the
time of Harald Maddadson, however, that King David I., between 1146 and 1153, was able to grant lands near
Dornoch to Andrew, the first recorded Bishop of Caithness, and thus lay the foundations of a more civilised policy. Between 1203 and 1211 there is evidence that a large portion of the ancient ' Sudrland ' had passed into possession of the family who have held the territory ever since in direct lineal succession.

Freskin, a person of unknown descent, but who is believed to be of Flemish origin, upon whom King David I., in pursuance, it is said, of a colonising policy, bestowed wide landed possessions......
At least Freskin is said to have held these lands of King David I., for Freskin himself is named only once, in a charter granted to his son William, between 1166 and 1171, by King William the Lion, which confirms the lands
named as having been held by Freskin. Freskin therefore must have died before 1166."

from Scots Peerage 1

Freskin married.


1 e-books, The Scots Peerage ed. Sir James Balfour Paul vol. 8 (1911).

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