Patrick I, 4th Earl of Dunbar was born 1152 to Waltheof, 3rd Earl of Dunbar (-1182) and Alina unknown (bef1152-) and died 31 December 1232 Scotland of unspecified causes. He married Ada of Scotland (c1164-1200) . He married Christina .

Patrick I (1152 – 1232), Earl of Dunbar and lord of Beanley, was a 13th-century Anglo-Scottish noble.

He was the eldest son of Waltheof, Earl of Dunbar and Alina, and succeeded to his father's titles upon the latter's death in 1182.

Patrick was one of the most important magnates to Kings William and Alexander II of Scotland, frequently witnessing their charters and traveling in their entourages whenever they went to the south of England to perform homage to the King of England for the properties in that realm.

Patrick also served as Justiciar of Lothian as well as Warden of Berwick-upon-Tweed. Patrick held, like his predecessors (who were originally of the kindred of the native English earls of Northumberland), some of his most important lands were in northern England. Patrick's close association with the Scottish kings in fact got him in trouble, and perhaps because of Alexander II's pursuit of claims to the earldom of Northumberland, Waltheof found himself temporarily deprived of some of his lands by King John of England.

Patrick married Ada (died 1200), an illegitimate daughter of King William the Lion, by whom he had four sons:

  • Patrick (his successor),
  • William, who witnessed a charter as "fratre Comitis" c1240-1248[1]
  • Robert,
  • Fergus.

His first wife predeceasing him, Patrick married again: (2) Christina, widow of William de Brus, 3rd Lord of Annandale. No children are known by this marriage.

The Earl of Dunbar died on 31 December 1232. He was buried at the Cistercian nunnery of Eccles, Berwickshire.


Offspring of Patrick I, 4th Earl of Dunbar and Ada of Scotland (c1164-1200)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Patrick II, 5th Earl of Dunbar (1185-1249) 1185 May 1248 Marseilles, France Euphemia FitzWalter (-1267)
William de Dunbar (-c1248)
Robert de Dunbar
Fergus de Dunbar


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