Vatican Regesta 386: 1448

Pages 17-21

Calendar of Papal Registers Relating To Great Britain and Ireland: Volume 10, 1447-1455. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1915.

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Vatican Regesta. Vol. CCCLXXXVI. (fn. 1)


[2] Nicholas V.

[1448, Mar. 19–1449, Mar. 18. (fn. 2) St. Peter's, Rome.]
(ff. 101r—128r.)
Motu proprio confirmation of king Henry VI's grant to Eton College of the possessions of the alien priories, exemplifying and confirming (except clauses prejudicial to the pope) the following:—
(1) An extract from the Parliament Roll of 20 Henry VI, Rex archiepiscopisimperpetuum. [Rolls of Parliament, V, pp. 45b–52b.]
(2) A like extract from the Roll of 23 Henry VI, Rex archiepiscopishiis testibus. [Ibid. pp. 75b–87a.]
(3) A memorandum of the grant by the king in parliament, at the monastery of Bury St. Edmunds (Bery Sancti Edmundi), 10 February, 25 Henry VI [1447], on the petition of the commons, to the provost and college of Eton, and their successors, of the manor of Langley Marreys in the county of Buckingham, and the reversion in moiety, after the death of John Fray, of the manor of Wyrardesbury in the same county, both manors being of the inheritance of the wife of John Veer, earl of Oxford; the priory of Derhurst alias Durest in the county of Gloucester, sometime a cell of the abbey of St. Denis in France, with all its spiritualities and temporalities, after the death of Hugh Magazon’ alias Maugason', a monk of St. Denis, the present holder; the priory of Shirborne alias Shirbourne in the county of Hants, in like manner on the death of the present holder; the demesne lately of the present lord de Moleyns and his wife in Eton, New Windsor, Old Windsor and Clywere, of the inheritance of the said wife; the grant of two fairs in the college's manor of Leghton' Busard in the county of Bedford, namely on the eve and feast of the Ascension and three days following, and on the eve and feast of St. Edward the Confessor and four days following; all for their increase and support, in frank almoin: reserving a yearly rent of 100 marks from the said priory of Durest to the provost and scholars of the King's College of SS. Mary and Nicholas, Cambridge, and the rights of any persons having lawful claims on any of the premises. [The foregoing differs considerably from the version in Rolls of Parliament, V, pp. 128–131.]
[The pope's confirmation begins Nicholas etc. Ad perpetuam rei memoriam. Inter ceteras felicitates, and ends Nulli ergo etc., i.e. without date and the usual terminal subscriptions. In the margin, at the beginning, is Pe. de Noxeto, below which is Confirmationes statutorum collegii Anglie etc. The original does not appear to be amongst the Eton College muniments.]
Prid. Kal. Sept.
(31 Aug.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 142d.)
Monition etc. as below. The pope lately reserved the parish church of Oundell’ alias Oundill’ in the diocese of Lincoln, then expected to become void by the provision, made by the pope, and the consecration to be conferred upon John [now] bishop, then elect of St. Davids, and motu proprio ordered provision thereof to be made to Henry Sharp, doctor of civil law, now a papal chamberlain [above, Reg. Vat. CCCLXXXV, f. 89]; and, although in virtue of the pope's letters the said church was collated to Henry and provision thereof made to him, and although on the ground of the said collation and provision he obtained possession and held it in peace for some time, John Middelham, priest, rector of Walsh'pole in the diocese of St. Asaph, alleging that he had been presented by the abbot and convent of Peterborough in the diocese of Lincoln, by decree of [Master] John Stevenes, commissary of the official of the court of Canterbury, caused himself to be intruded and in many ways molested Henry in regard to right, title and possession, alleged and boasted, as he still does, that he was rector and that Henry had no right, and appealed directly to the apostolic see and by precaution (tuitorie) to the court of Arches, London, according to the custom of that court, wherefore the bishop of Lincoln, the executor of the pope's letters, or his sub-executor, on behalf of Henry inhibited by papal authority the said Master John Stevenes, the said commissary, from taking further proceedings in the matter, who however, in contempt of the letters of the said bishop, or rather of the letters of the pope and the apostolic see, took further proceedings, wherefore Henry, as soon as he heard thereof, appealed to the pope and the said see. The pope committed Henry's appeal to Robert, bishop of Volterra, his vicar in spirituals in Rome, who in the wonted form made citation and inhibition in those parts. Afterwards the pope learned that further proceedings were taken by the said Master John Stevenes, to the extent that (adeo ut) by his letters monitory he caused all proctors of Henry and holders of possession in his name to depart (discedere) from such possession, and the said Master [sic] John Middelham to be inducted into possession, against the said inhibition made, as above, by the bishop of Lincoln, by papal authority, and against the statutes and custom etc. of the said court of Arches, despoiling Henry of his possession, in manifest contempt of the pope and the said see and prejudice and hurt of Henry. The pope therefore, desiring to defend the rights and authority of the said see, hereby monishes and orders, motu proprio, the said John Middelham and present and future intruders, and his aiders and abettors, to give up within fifteen days from the publication of these presents possession of the said church to the said Henry or his lawful proctor, and make satisfaction to him for fruits received till the restoration of such possession, his aiders and abettors to cease aiding and abetting, under pain of ipso facto sentence of excommunication etc. of all of them, absolution therefrom etc. being reserved to the pope. The pope's will is that the present letters, after they have been published on the doors of St. Paul's, London, or of the said parish church or in other public place, or otherwise come to the knowledge of the said John and others, shall bind them as if they had been personally served; with mandate to the bishops of Lincoln and Winchester to publish the foregoing, restore and induct the said Henry or his proctor to possession, removing John and any other detainer, and causing payment to be made to Henry of all fruits etc., invoking if necessary the aid of the secular arm; without prejudice to Henry to prosecute his losses, costs etc. and the said John his right, if any, to the said church, before the said bishop Robert. Ad fut. rei mem. Spectat ad Romanum pontificem. (Pe. de Noxeto. | Gratis de mandato domini nostri pape. A. de Racaneto.) [2¾ pp.]
[16 Kal. Oct. (fn. 1)
(16 Sept.).]
S. Pudenziana's,
(f. 146.)
Erection etc. as below. The recent petition of Andrew Ogard, nobleman, knight, of the diocese of Norwich, contained that formerly William Daubaney alias de Albineio of the said diocese founded and endowed the Benedictine priory of St. Mary the Virgin, Wymundham, in the said diocese, and willed that if ever it became a monastery or abbey it should be free from the payment of one mark of silver to the abbot and convent of St. Albans. Seeing that, as the said petition contained, the number of monks is great enough, the pope, at the petition of the said Andrew, the patron, erects the said priory into a monastery, by the name of the monastery of St. Mary de Wymundham, provision being hereby made thereof to the present prior Stephen London', S.T.M., with faculty for him to be blessed by any catholic bishop; without prejudice to the bishop of Norwich, to whom the pope wills that the said monastery shall by ordinary right be subject; the monastery being further exempted from the said payment and from all jurisdiction etc. of the abbot and convent of St. Albans etc.; the said Andrew and his successors to present to the ordinary, at every voidance of the monastery, the person elected abbot by the convent; with mandate hereby to the bishop of Norwich and the abbots of Westminster and Bury St. Edmunds to defend the abbot and convent of St. Mary's against the abbot and convent of St. Albans or any others. Ad perp. rei mem. Romanus pontifex. (Pe de Noxeto. | A. de Racaneto. (fn. 1) ) [2½ pp. Monasticon, III, pp. 338, 339.]

1 Nicholas V.

18 Kal. July.
(14 June.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 184d.)
To David Monypenny, clerk, of the diocese of Brechin, M.A. Reservation, motu proprio, for collation to him (who is by both parents of a race of barons, and is in great favour with James, king of Scots and Francis, duke of Brittany and Peter, count of (de) Euerros (sic), and holds no benefice) of a benefice with or without cure wont to be assigned to secular clerks, even if a canonry and prebend, dignity etc., in the collation etc. of the bishop and the prior and chapter of St. Andrews. Nobilitas generis, litterarum etc.
Concurrent mandate to the vidame of Reims and the dean and chancellor of Brechin. Hodie dilecto filio. (Pe. de Noxeto. | xxii. xx. G. de Puteo. Ja. de Rizonibus.) [2 pp. In the margin: Augusti.] [Theiner, Vet. Mon. Hibern. et Scot. pp. 378–379, no. 752, from ‘Reg. Tom. II, fol. 184, i.e. the present Register, with wrong date, viz. 1447, 4 Kal. Nov. and without the concurrent mandate.]

2 Nicholas V.

Id. Aug.
(13 Aug.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 187.)
To John, bishop of Dunkeld. Grant etc. as below. The pope lately, by letters in which it was stated that he was a doctor of canon law, made provision to him of the said church. At his recent petition, containing that at the date of the said letters he was not a doctor of canon law but a licentiate therein, as he still is, the pope hereby grants to him, who by virtue whereof has been consecrated and has obtained possession of the administration, that the said provision and its consequences shall hold good, and makes him—who long studied canon law in the university (in studio) of St. Andrews and obtained from that university (ab illius universitate) the licence to be a doctor (doctorandi) in canon law—a doctor, decorates him with the insignia of a doctor, and grants to him that he may enjoy all privileges etc. enjoyed by doctors in the said university (universitate), as if he had been made a doctor and been decorated with the insignia of a doctor therein. Personam tuam.
Concurrent mandate to the bishop of Glasgow and the abbots of Paisley (de Pasleto) and Inchcolm (Insule [Sancti] Columbe) in the dioceses of Glasgow and Dunkeld. Hodie venerabili fratri. (Pe. de Noxeto. | xxvi. xx [sic]. G. de Puteo. L. Therunda.) [In the margin: Augusti. 12/3 pp. Ibid., p. 379, no. 753 from ‘Reg. Tom. II, fol. 187,’ i.e. the present Register, with wrong date, viz. 1448, 8 Id. Aug., and without the concurrent mandate.]
Ibid. To the same. Faculty to reconcile churches and cemeteries of his city and diocese by a fit priest, the water having been blessed by himself or other bishop, and to visit the churches, monasteries etc. thereof by deputy, and receive the procurations in ready money. Tue devotionis. (Pe. de Noxeto. | xxxx. G. de Puteo. L. Therunda.) [In the margin: Augusti. 1 p. ✗.]
(f. 188d.)
Confirmation, at the recent petition of John, bishop of Dunkeld and the dean and chapter, of the grant in perpetuity by the late James, bishop of Dunkeld, with consent of the dean and chapter, of the parish church of Abyrnyt in the diocese of Dunkeld, on its voidance by the resignation of Robert de Hamilton, made by his proctor to the said bishop James, of his creation from the fruits etc. thereof, for the maintenance of four chaplains or rather choral vicars, of as many perpetual chaplaincies, the chaplains to be appointed by the dean and chapter, and to be continually resident and present at the canonical hours and divine offices in the choir; of the induction, by order of the said bishop James, of John Arouws, a canon of Dunkeld, into possession of the said four chaplaincies in the name of the said church of Dunkeld and of the said four chaplains, and of his institution of a perpetual vicar in the said parish church, with cure of souls of the parishioners; all which took effect before the present pope's revocation of unions which had not yet taken effect. Ad perp. rei mem. Hiis que pro divini cultus. (Pe. de Noxeto. | xxxxvi. G. de Puteo. L. Therunda.) [In the margin: Augusti. 1¾ pp. Theiner, op. cit. pp. 379–380, no. 754, from ‘Reg. Tom. II, fol. 188,’ i.e. the present Register.]


  • 1. On the back of the volume, in gold letters on a red label, is ‘Nicol. V. Secret. Anno i. ii. Tom. ii.’ a like description occurring on a flyleaf in the hand of the above-named perfect Bissaiga. The front half of the original sheepskin binding of the volume (preserved within the present green leather (scamuciata) binding which, as in the case of the preceding and of the following Vatican Registers, dates from Paul V) has, amongst other more or less contemporary notes, the much faded contemporary description: ‘Primi et Secundi Anni. Secretus (?) … Nicolai’ and ‘Secundus Secretus Bullarum (?).’ The folios of this and of the other Vatican Registers of Nicholas V measure about 29 by 22 cm., the text itself being about 22 by 12. The outside measure of the volumes is 30 by 22½. There are no rubricelle. At the end of the Register is the name ‘Gaspar Blondus.’
  • 2. i.e. the second year of Nicholas V, to which the letters which precede the present letter and those which follow it belong.
  • 3. The Register has the unfinished date: ‘Datum Rome apud Sanctam Potentianam anno etc. Millesimo quadringentesimo quadragesimo octavo.' ‘16 Kal. Oct.’ is supplied from the slightly defective date in Monasticon. III, p. 339, viz., ‘Datum Romœ apud sanctam Pontentianam [sic] anno incarnationis Dominicœ milesimo quadringentesimo [quadragesimo] octavo xvi Kalendas Octobris anno pontificatus nostri secundo.
  • 4. i.e. the terminal subscriptions are incomplete.