Thorkell was a Saxon, son of Alwin (Aluredus) the Sheriff. Probably one and the same as Thorold of Bucknall in Lincoln, Earl of Leicester, the Sheriff in the time of Edward the Confessor, which would make him a brother (stated as near kinsman) of Algar II, seventh Earl of Mercia. Some have claimed he had strong Norman blood on the distaff side of the family. He was one of the few remaining Saxons to retain his lands when William marched on Warwickshire after the Conquest. He held considerable lands in Warwickshire but may, unofficially, have been under-tenant to the King.
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