Copsi (or Copsig; Old English: Cōpsige) [died 1067] was a Northumbrian magnate in late Anglo-Saxon England. He was a supporter of Tostig, and was exiled along with him in 1065. Copsi soon fled to Orkney (then a part of Norway). The next year (1066), he joined Tostig at Sandwich, in Kent, with 17 ships. Copsi survived Tostig's defeat at Stamford Bridge, and when William the Conqueror prevailed at Hastings, he travelled, in March 1067, to pay William homage at Barking (where William was staying while his tower was being constructed in London). In return, William made Copsi earl of Northumbria and sent him back to York. Copsi's rule lasted a mere five weeks, at which time he was murdered by Osulf, son of Eadulf III of the ancient Bernician family —which had historically governed the area from Bamburgh, at Newburn-upon-Tyne. Osulf, however, only ruled as earl until that autumn, when he was killed by an outlaw he was tracking.
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