A cry for help.
The cluster of people who are ancestors or probable ancestors of the Curwen family, and the de Lancastre barons of the 12th century are a good example of why Wikitree profiles pre Magna Carta are not only low quality, but also almost impossible to improve. I have been posting about them since I started in Wikitree some years ago, and although I have been able to rewrite the texts on the profiles the relationships are still an depressing embarrassment. I can not see any way in which project protections and profile management systems help these types of articles, especially since pre 1500 editing became more resitrcted. These systems actually make it impossible to improve profiles. This is unfortunately NORMAL on Wikitree and I have proposed in the past that we need an equivalent to the Magna Carta project but going backwards (using King John's father Henry II), and also we should not have profile managers before 1500 anymore, just a normal watchlist system.
Anyway, I would like to say that the following changes are needed. Can someone please help? If it helps to get attention, I am sure there will also be "data problems", such as technical inconsistencies between dates that were openly guesses, and not just major paper trail disgrace that is obvious to any member of the public who looks at wikitree.
1. Kendal-65. Ketel the son of Eldred.
1.a. His Wikitree surname Kendal has no justification. If he can not simply be fitz Eldred, which is how he is always referred to, his descendants were Curwens and his line were sometimes "of Workington" (never called "of Kendal"). But why not just fitzEldred?
2.b. The mother he and his father have been attached to has no connections, and the closest I can find for an original source is an old 18th century speculation, but that would make her the same person as Northumbria-6 and Northumberland-87. For the old pedigree and a more modern correction (which still has problems) see Ragg's Culwen article (1914). Ragg did not keep her connection to Eldred and Ketel despite working on a speculative basis. One good reason is that we know she married a well-known Maldred, not Aldred, as shown in Wikitree and Ragg's pedigree.
2. Taillebois-15. Ketel's wife Christiane
All we know about her is her first name. Taillebois is a nice speculation, and a best guess, but not the only possibility. The LNAB and parents should therefore be changed.
3. FitzReinfred-8 . William de Lancaster's mother, Godith.
All we know for sure is her first name, but because Ketel fitz Eldred was called an avunculus of William de Lancaster, we have some small justification to say there is evidence for her being Ketel's sister. On the other hand her present parents are I think not real people, but internet creatures. They should definitely be disconnected, and her LNAB changed. I would find it acceptable if a connection to Eldred replaced that but if not the she must be treated like Christiane: LNAB unknown, and parents unknown.
4. Radcliffe-648 . Nicholas Radcliffe, supposed relatives of the de Lancastres and/or Taillebois families is a myth as far as I can see, and the myths are not even consistent, so we can not leave them in and treat them as a reasonable guess. The Radcliffe family should start with William Radcliffe, currently the grandson of Nicholas, because the Victoria County History makes this remark clearly. That history also shows how types of evidence available. Possibly we could leave in Henry, one generation further back than William Radcliffe, but certainly marked as uncertain. Nicholas, a generation further, seems like a non person to me but should in any case be disconnected from his current "parents".
5. Taillebois-55 Ketel's father Eldred (various debates about spelling). The parents and LNAB should be removed. There are lots of theories around but this one is not even a leader, and arguably there is no real leading theory. If he needs a new LNAB then his connection to Workington perhaps provides one. His most secure descendants are the Curwens.