Vatican Regesta 425: 1452-1453

Pages 242-245

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. CCCCXXV. (fn. 1)

De Curia.

6 Nicholas V.

Id. March.
(15 March.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 90d.)
To the chancellor of Lichfield. Mandate (the pope having learned that a certain Michael Trigowre, to whom he formerly made provision of the church of Dublin, has been so bold as to have himself consecrated without the Roman court, before having the papal letters in the matter of his said provision, and without taking the usual oath of fealty, to the no small peril of his soul and contempt of the pope and the apostolic see) to decree the said Michael to be suspended from the administration, order him to abstain therefrom, order the dean and chapter of the church and the clergy and people of the city and diocese etc. not to hold him for their bishop nor obey him etc. under pain of excommunication etc.; and proclaim all his acts of administration null and void etc., until he obtains absolution and reconciliation from the pope and the said see. Licet tam per nonnullos. (Pe. de Noxeto. | Jo. de Wlterris [i. e. Valterris].) [1½ pp. Theiner, Vet. Monum. Hibern. et Scot. Hist. Illustr., p. 388, no. 764, from ‘Reg. de Curia Tom. xli, fol. 90,' i.e. the present Register. See below, Reg. Vat. CCCCXXVII, f. 249d.]

7 Nicholas V.

Kal. May.
(1 May.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 164.)
To the bishop of Oloron, residing in the Roman court. Mandate, as below. The recent petition of William Hog, priest, perpetual vicar of Erwyn in the diocese of Glasgow, bachelor of canon law, contained that a cause arose lately between him and the late Robert Cady, priest, of Glasgow, about the canonry and prebend of Cardros in Glasgow, which, on their voidance by the death of Richard Clepham, the said William accepted and of which he got provision in virtue of letters of the present pope ordering, motu proprio, provision to be made him of a benefice with or without cure, even if a canonry and prebend etc., in the collation etc. of the bishops and the deans and chapters etc. of Aberdeen and Glasgow [above, p. 55], which acceptance and provision the said Robert unjustly opposed, and prevented from taking effect; and that the pope committed the cause, although not lawfully devolved to the Roman court, to the above bishop, then too holding the place of an auditor of the apostolic palace, who has proceeded, short of a conclusion. At the said petition, adding that, whilst the cause was pending, the said Robert, being an abbreviator of apostolic letters, died at the apostolic see, the pope orders the above bishop to surrogate the said William in and to the right which Robert had at the time of his death, and to make collation and provision to him thereof, and moreover to collate and assign to him the canonry and prebend themselves, value not exceeding 25l. sterling, howsoever void, even if a cause be pending about them between the said Robert and John Donaldi, priest, and Robert Triunbul (rectius Tornbul), clerk, of the dioceses of Dunblane and Glasgow. Litterarum etc. (Pe. de Noxeto. | xxv. P. de Legendorff. [A. de] Magio. Fabricius.) [In the margin:Maii. 3 pp. ✗.]
16 Kal. June.
(17 May.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 221.)
To William Edward, rector of Pertenhale in the diocese of Lincoln, doctor of canon law. Dispensation to him, who is of a race of barons, to hold for life with the said church, value not exceeding 24 marks sterling, any other, or if he resign that church, any two other benefices with cure or otherwise incompatible, even if parish churches etc., and to resign them, simply or for exchange, as often as he pleases, notwithstanding the pope's late ordinance to the contrary [see above, p. 5] etc. Nobilitas generis [litterarum sciencia] vite etc. (Poggius. | I. P. de Legendorff. Jo. de Vulterris.) [In the margin. Maii. 12/3 pp.]
8 Kal. June.
(25 May.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 252.)
Decree, as below. Martin V ordained that each prior provincial of the order of Augustinian friars should be bound to hold a chapter provincial in his province every year, and therein renounce the office and seal of provincial, and that no one could retain the office of provincial, longer than three years if a master in theology, or longer than two years if not. Afterwards Eugenius IV, after he had ratified the said ordinance (upon being informed by the general of the order that the said letters had never been authentically intimated to him or his predecessor, and had therefore not been observed by the said priors provincial, and that in many of the provinces, especially in the ultramontane parts, on account of their extent and the very great distance of the houses apart, the said chapters could not be conveniently held as above), modified it, ordaining that in such provinces the said chapters should be held every two years. Subsequently the present pope confirmed the same ordinance but, not being aware of his said predecessor's modification, made no mention of it. Seeing that, as he has since learned, in the provinces of Bavaria, Hungary, the Rhine, Saxony, Cologne, France, England, Spain, Catalonia, Provence, Narbonne, Toulouse and Crete (Candie), on account of their extent and the fewness and great distance apart of their houses, the said chapters cannot be conveniently held even every two years, the pope hereby decrees that in the said provinces the said chapters shall be held every three years, and ordains that the priors provincial, whether masters in theology or not, may retain their office for three years, namely from one chapter to the next; in the other provinces of the order the said chapters to be held every year. Ad fut. rei mem. Romani pontificis. (Poggius. —. (fn. 1) C. Fidelis.) [1¾ pp.]
4 Id. May.
(12 May.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 300d.)
To the bishops of Penne and Ross and the abbot of St. Mary's, Kynlos, in the diocese of Moray. Mandate to collate and assign to Richard Holand, priest, of the diocese of Moray, the precentorship (cantoria) of Moray, a non-major dignity, value not exceeding 50l. sterling, void by the death of Andrew de Tullach who, having been elected bishop of Caithness by the chapter, came to the Roman court to obtain confirmation thereof and died, without having obtained it, on his way from and more than two days’ journey from the said court; whether it be so void, or by the death of Richard Clephame, or by the resignation of the said Andrew and Richard or of the late Thomas, bishop of Orkney, who held it by papal grant, or be void in any other way. Vite etc. (Marcellus. xxx. P. de Legendorff. [A. de] Magio. C. Fidelis.) [In the margin: Maii. 2½ pp. Theiner, Vet. Monum. Hibern. et Scot., p. 389, no. 766, from, ‘Reg. Tom. xli, fol. 300,’ i.e. the present Register. See above, pp. 212, 213, and below, p. 255.]
15 Kal. June.
(18 May.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 303.)
To the bishops of Lismore and Ossory. Mandate, as below. Lately, upon its being set forth to the present pope on behalf of Thady Obrayn, prior of the Benedictine priory of Glascarg in the diocese of Ferns, that the church of Ferns was void by the death of the last bishop, then expressed, the pope, with a view to making provision, gave viva voce commission to a certain cardinal [not here named] to inform himself as to the said voidance and the merits of the said Thady, and to report to him in consistory, according to custom, upon whose report, based upon the examination of witnesses, the pope made provision to the said Thady, Seeing that, as the pope has learned by the report of grave and notable persons, the said church at the time of the said provision was not void, Robert, bishop of Ferns, who had been bishop for more than thirty years, being still bishop, as he is at present; and seeing that the said Thady, not ignorant that the said church was not void, got the said false depositions made about its voidance, the pope orders the above to summon him and others concerned, and, after having found that the said bishop Robert was canonically bishop at the time of the said provision, declare the said provision etc. null and void, and, if Thady has been consecrated in virtue of any letters, to forbid him the episcopal office, and not allow him to have anything to do with the rule and administration of the said church and with the exercise of the said office; and moreover, if they find that Thady was aware that the said bishop was still bishop, and find that he was the instigator or author of the said false witness, to punish him, unless he has been consecrated, as guilty of forgery. If he has been consecrated, they are to report to the pope, and keep him in decent custody until they receive further orders from the pope. Romanus pontifex. (Pe. de Noxeto. xx. P. de Legendorff. D. de Luca.) [In the margin:Maii. 2 pp.]
4 Kal. June.
(29 May.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 304.)
To William Cowpull, a monk of the Cistercian monastery of St. Mary, Wardun, in the diocese of Lincoln. Dispensation to him, who is of noble birth, at his own petition and that of Edmund, duke of Somerset, by whom he is well beloved, to hold for life any benefice wont to he governed by secular or regular persons of any order, even if a parish church etc., and to resign it, as often as he pleases, [without the usual exchange clause]. Religionis zelus, vite etc. (Pe. de Noxeto. xxx. P. de Legendorff. G. de Puteo.) [In the margin:Junii. 1⅓ pp.]
(f. 305.)
To Margaret Seintjohn, a nun of the Benedictine monastery of Shaftesbury (fn. 1), in the diocese of Salisbury. Dispensation to her, who is in about her twenty-second year, at her own petition and that of Margaret, duchess of Somerset, whose daughter she is (fn. 2), to be elected etc. to, and to receive and hold any dignities, even that of abbess or a conventual dignity, priories etc. of the said or any other order, and to be blessed, notwithstanding the said defect of age, etc. Religionis etc. (Pe. de Noxeto. xxviii. P. de Legendorff. G. de Puteo.) [In the margin: Junii.]

6 Nicholas V.

Non. April.
(5 April.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 310.)
To Geoffrey, bishop of Kildare. Grant and indult (seeing that, after he had ruled the said church for about four years, his enemies expelled him therefrom and despoiled him thereof, and that, on account of their power, he cannot safely return, and does not intend to do so) to hold in commendam therewith any benefice with or without cure, even if a parish church etc., and resign it, simply or for exchange, as often as he pleases. Personam tuam. (Marcellus. xxx. P. de Legendorff. Julius.) [In the margin: Maii.]


  • 1. On the back of the volume is the usual modern description ‘Nicol. V. de Curia. Lib. xx. Tom. xxxxi’ Inside the cover is the usual front half of the original sheepsking binding, with the years ‘mcccclu et liii,' the number of the liberxx,’ and other notes (e.g. Excommunicatio diei Jovis sancte to. lxiii), more or less contemporary. A flyleaf has, in the hand of Bissaiga, ‘Nicolai V. de Curia. Liber xx. Tom. xxxxi.’ The rubricelle follow, headed ‘Incipiunt Rubricelle xxmu libri de Curia domini Nicolai incepte de mense Aprilis mccccliii.’ after which comes the text, ff. 1–322.
  • 2. Without the usual mention of the fee etc.
  • 3. So spelt in the Register, which is unusual.
  • 4. … asserens te dilectam natam suam fore.