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Robert de Comines

Robert Comine (died 1069) (also Robert de Comines, Robert de Comyn) was very briefly earl of Northumbria.

Robert de Comines
Robert de Comyn
Died28 January 1069
Durham, County Durham, England
Cause of deathBurnt to death
TitleEarl of Northumbria



His name suggests that he originally came from Comines, then in the County of Flanders, and entered the following of William the Conqueror. He was sent to the north as earl from 1068 to 1069 after the deposition of Gospatric. He got as far as Durham with his 700 men, where the bishop, Ethelwin, warned him that an army was mobilised against him. He ignored the advice and, on 28 January 1069, the rebels converged on Durham and killed many of his men in the streets, eventually setting fire to the bishop's house where Robert was staying. He was consumed in the blaze. [1]

After this attack, Ethelwin turned against the Normans and gathered an army in Durham before marching on York, leading to the Harrying of the North in retaliation by King William's army.


Robert de Comines was the father of two sons:[2]



  •   Creighton, Mandell (1887). "Comin, Robert de" . In Stephen, Leslie. Dictionary of National Biography. 11. London: Smith, Elder & Co. p. 440.
  • Stenton, Frank M. Anglo-Saxon England. 3rd ed. Oxford University Press: Oxford, 1971.

Peerage of England
Preceded by
Earl of Northumbria
Succeeded by