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Ordgar (Devon) of Devon

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Ordgar "Earl of Devonshire" of Devon formerly Devon
Born [date unknown] in Devonshire, Englandmap
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Descendants descendants
Died in Exeter, Devon, Englandmap
Devon-13 created 31 Aug 2012 | Last modified
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Ordgar (d. 971),[1]

  • 964: Earl of Devonshire[2]
  • bur: Exeter[3]



Ordgar's origins are obscure. His parents and his wife are unknown, (Cawley, 2006) although Wikipedia asserts that Ælfthryth's mother is from the House of Wessex.[4][5]

Ordgar had two (2) children:[6]

  • Ordulfe (d. after 1004/5). No spouse. No issue.[1][7][8]
m.1 Ethelwald, ealdorman of East Anglia
m.2 Edgar the Peaceful



  • Founded Abbey of Horton, Dorsetshire[7]
  • 961: Founded Abbey of Tavistock, Devonshire[7]



  • Cawley, C. (2006). "Ordwulf d. after 1004." Medieval Lands v.4. Web.[3]
  • Doran, J. (1878). Memories of Our Great Towns: With Anecdotic Gleanings Concerning Their Worthies and Their Oddities, (pp.205). Chatto and Windus. Google Books.
  • Florence of Worcester
  • Harding, W. (1845). "Book II: The Lords of the Manor," (pp.09). The History of Tiverton, in the County of Devon: book. I. General history and remarkable occurrences. book II. F. Boyce. Google Books[5]
  • Palgrave, F. (1832). The Rise and Progress of the English Commonwealth: Anglo-Saxon Period. Containing the Anglo-Saxon Policy, and the Institutions Arising Out of Laws and Usages which Prevailed Before the Conquest, (Vol.2, pp.). J. Murry. Google eBook.

Citations and Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 Cawley, 2006
  2. Wikipedia
  3. Florence of Worcester
  4. Ælfthryth, wife of Edgar (v. 20:06, 24 May 2017).[1]
  5. 5.0 5.1 Harding (1845), states that some historians named Ordgar's father: Alpsius, (p. 9).[2]
  6. Note: Primary sources researched by for Leofric, Ealdorman of the Hwicce do not list his parents. It seems that Freeman and secondary sources, such as Smith (1873) have connected him to this line, but it's most likely incorrect. (Also see footnotes for Wulfric Spot)
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 Harding, 1845
  8. Doran, 1878
  9. Wikipedia: Ælfthryth, wife of Edgar (mother of Aethelred the Unready)

"married an unknown lady of royal birth, by whom he had a daughter Ælfthryth."


Wikipedia: Ordgar, Ealdorman of Devon

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On 7 Jul 2017 at 20:03 GMT Bree Ogle wrote:

Page updated and Darlene has kindly fixed most of the connection errors. So the father Ordgar, and his 2 children, Ordwulf and Ælfthryth, are now in the right order.

On 17 Sep 2015 at 17:59 GMT Patricia Davis wrote:

There is a circular dates problem with Ordwulf (Edulf) of Wessex Devon, born c. 901. His parents are listed here as Ordgar of Devon and Wulfrith Redburch, but their birth dates are later than his.

Then as you go back, the dates end up generations off, as descendants are listed as ancestors. Can anyone please straighten out the multiple conflicts?

Patricia Davis

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