Siward "Digera" BJORNSSON Earl of Northumbria 616,808,871
- Born: Abt 1012, Denmark 808,871
- Married (1): Abt 1033, Northumberland, England 808,871
- Married (2): 871
- Died: 1055, York, Yorkshire, England 808,871
- Buried: Galmanho Abby, York, Yorkshire, England 871
Another name for Siward was Sigurd BJÖRNSSON.
Ancestral File Number: V9VL-RM.
SIWARD, a Dane, who perhaps came to England with Cnut, was an Earl (probably of the southern--Danish--portion of the ancient Northumbria) in or before 1041 (c). His marriage had given him some claim to the hereditary Earldom of Northumberland, and in or before 1042 the murder of his wife's uncle Eadulf put him, as Earl, in possession of the whole of Northumbria, from Humber to Tweed. He was presumably Earl also of Northampton and Huntingdon. He gave active support to the Confessor against Earl Godwin and his sons, and in 1054 led a force of English and Danes against the Scottish usurper Macbeth, which put Malcolm, 'regis Cumbrorum filium'. upon his murdered father's throne 1131
Siward married Ælfled (Elfleda) of Bernicia, daughter of Ealdræd, Earl of Bernicia (c.1023-1030) and Unknown, about 1033 in Northumberland, England 808,871. (Ælfled (Elfleda) of Bernicia was born about 1031 in Bernicia, Northumbria, England 808,871.)
Siward also married Unnamed Countess of Northumbia 871. (Unnamed Countess of Northumbia was born about 982 in Northumbia, Scotland 871.)