People of Medieval Scotland
1093 - 1371

William Comyn (d.c.1160)

Biography
William was perhaps from Bosc-Bernard-Commin, near Rouen, and is first mentioned around 1121. He was a younger son of Robert Comyn, an associate of William the Conqueror who was later given the earldom of Northumberland. He was a pupil of Geoffrey Rufus, chancellor of England and bishop of Durham. He became archdeacon of Worcester shortly after 1125 and was made chancellor of Scotland by 1136. He recovered the archdeaconry of Worcester by 1156-7, following a lengthy dispute concerning his claims to the bishopric of Durham, but was no longer archdeacon by 1161 and had perhaps died around 1160. He had four nephews: William, Richard, Walter and Osbert. (Young, The Comyns, 14-30; J. Roberts, Lost Kingdoms, 50) Fasti Ecclesiae Anglicanae, 1066-1300, ii, 105-107: William was probably appointed archdeacon of Worcester after the death of Hugh, archdeacon of the diocese of Worcester, in March 1125. He was bishop-elect of Durham around May 1141, but was deprived of all his benefices around March 1143 and excommunicated. By 1152 he was restored to some of his benefices and probably died around 1158×59
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1140 × 1143

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6 Dec. 1142 Command not to permit Durham Cathedral to be disturbed named person (transaction) 2/125/4 (Scotia Pontificia, no. 22 )


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1131 X Jun. 1141 chancellor 1/4/29 (Chrs. David I, no. 56)
1131 X Jun. 1141 chancellor 1/4/30 (Chrs. David I, no. 57)
1131 X Jun. 1141 chancellor 1/4/31 (Chrs. David I, no. 58)
Sept. 1139 X 14 Jun. 1140 chancellor 1/4/37 (Chrs. David I, no. 85)
1140 X Jun. 1141 chancellor 1/4/44 (Chrs. David I, no. 93)
1140 X Jun. 1141 chancellor 1/4/45 (Chrs. David I, no. 94)
11 May 1141 X Autumn 1141 chancellor 3/3/7 (Chrs. David I, no. 102)
1143 X 24 Aug. 1147 chancellor 3/3/10 (Chrs. David I, no. 121)
1143 X 24 Aug. 1147 chancellor 1/4/56 (Chrs. David I, no. 120)