Wiglaf, king of Mercia

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Birthplace: Mercia, England
Death: 839
Repton Monastery, Repton, Mercia, England
Place of Burial: Repton, Derbyshire, United Kingdom
Immediate Family:

Husband of Cyneðryð of Mercia
Father of Wigmund, king of Mercia

Occupation: King of Mercia
Managed by: Gene Daniell
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About Wiglaf, king of Mercia

Wiglaf (Witglaff) MERCIA7,27 died in 840. He was born in .

Children were: WIGMUND.


\King Of Mercia\ Wiglaf Of MERCIA7,140 died in 840. Acceded 827. Ruled 827-828 & 830-839.

The information in this GEDCOM has b een compiled by David Lovegrove. Contact him at dlovegrove@cheerful.com.

Children were: Prince Wigmund MERCIA.


Prince Wigmund MERCIA7,139,140,141,299,465,466 was born about 792 in Mercia, England. The information in this GEDCOM has been compiled by David Lovegrove. Contact h im at dlovegrove@cheerful.com. Parents: . Parents: \King Of Mercia\ Wiglaf Of MERCIA.

Spouse: Elfleda MERCIA. Prince Wigmund MERCIA and Elfleda MERCIA were married. Children were: ST. WISTAN, Eadburga OF MERCIA, Eadburh MERCIA.

Wiglaf, King of Mercia (1)

M, #150368, d. 840

Last Edited=27 Nov 2005

    Wiglaf, King of Mercia was the son of Beornwulf, King of Mercia. (2) He married Cyneðryð (?), daughter of Ecgfrið, King of Mercia. 

He died in 840. (1)

    Wiglaf, King of Mercia succeeded to the title of King Wiglaf of Mercia in 827. (1) He was deposed as King of Mercia, expelled when Ecgberht, King of Wessex, conquered Mercia in 829. (3) He succeeded to the title of King Wiglaf of Mercia in 830. (1)

Child of Wiglaf, King of Mercia and Cyneðryð (?)

-1. Wigmund (?)+ (2)

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Wiglaf (died 839) was King of Mercia from 827 to 829 and again from 830 until his death. His ancestry is uncertain: the 820s were a period of dynastic conflict within Mercia and the genealogy of several of the kings of this time is unknown. Wigstan, his grandson, was later recorded as a descendant of Penda of Mercia, so it is possible that Wiglaf was descended from Penda, one of the most powerful seventh-century kings of Mercia.

Wiglaf succeeded Ludeca, who was killed campaigning against East Anglia. His first reign coincided with the continued rise of the rival Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Wessex under Egbert. Egbert drove Wiglaf from the throne in 829, and ruled Mercia directly for a year. Wiglaf recovered the kingdom in 830, probably by force although it may be that Wiglaf remained subject to Egbert's overlordship. Mercia never regained the south-eastern kingdoms, but Berkshire and perhaps Essex came back into Mercian control. The causes of the fluctuating fortunes of Mercia and Wessex are a matter of speculation, but it may be that Carolingian support influenced both Egbert's ascendancy and the subsequent Mercian recovery. Although Wiglaf appears to have restored Mercia's independence, the recovery was short-lived, and later in the century Mercia was divided between Wessex and the Vikings.

Wiglaf died in about 839, and was probably succeeded by Beorhtwulf, though one tradition records his son, Wigmund as having reigned briefly. Wiglaf is buried at Repton, near Derby.

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Repton Monastery, Repton, Mercia, England
Mercia, England
Mercia, England
Repton, Derbyshire, United Kingdom