Gunhild of Wessex
Her parents were married in common law. Even though their marriage was not recognized by the church, their children were treated as if they were legitimate. She remained in England after her father's death at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 and received her education at Wilton Abbey. This was a centre of learning, which attracted many high-born women, both English and Norman. Matilda of Scotland was educated here, with her sister Mary. It was also the home of the poetess Muriel.
According to Danelaw, she was the heiress of her mother's claims to some counties, properties which had been acquired by Alan Rufus (Alan the Red). It may be for this reason that she attracted Alan's attention, who, some claim, abducted her, though Anselm of Canterbury, in letters addressed to her, stated that they loved each other.
After Alan Rufus's death in 1093, Gunhild lived with (some say married) his brother Alan Niger (Alan the Black) whom she may have predeceased.
Later People named Gunhild
Waltheof of Allerdale, son of Gospatric, Earl of Northumbria, named his heir Alan and one of his daughters Gunnilda (also known as Gunhilda of Dunbar). Gunnilda married Uhtred of Galloway; their son and heir was Roland, also known as Lochlann of Galloway, whose heir was Alan of Galloway.
- Honeycutt, Lois (2003). Matilda of Scotland: a Study in Medieval Queenship. Woodbridge: The Boydell Press. p. 18.
- Honeycutt, p. 24