Calendar of Papal Registers Relating To Great Britain and Ireland, Volume 12, 1458-1471. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1933.
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Lateran Regesta, Vol. DXLIV. (fn. 1)
1 Pius II.
3 Non. Sept.
St. Peter's, Rome.
|To the bishop of Ardagh and Thomas Oscitedan (recte Osciredan) and John Ogonhan, canons of the same. Mandate etc. as below. Calixtus III (upon its being set forth to him on behalf of Walter (Va[l]teri) Ifergayl, a canon of the Augustinian monastery of St. Mary, Inismoyr alias I[n]sula magna Lochagauna, in the diocese of Ardagh, a priest and illegitimate, being the son of a priest, a canon professed of the said order and an unmarried woman, that the priorship of the said monastery, wont to be governed by a prior, had become and was void by the death of Eugenius Ofregayl (sic), and that for about four years a number of laymen had forcibly (potencia ipsorum) taken and were still holding possession of its goods, and that it had therefore been brought to very great ruin, so much so that the canons dwelling in it had been obliged, in order to live, to redeem their lands from the said occupiers) granted under date Id. April anno 3 (13 April, 1458) the making of collation and provision of the said priory, which is conventual and has cure, was dependent on the Augustinian monastery of Louth (de Juga, recte de Luga) in the diocese of Armagh, and whose value did not exceed 40 marks sterling, to the said Walter, and at the same time dispensed him to receive and retain it, notwithstanding the said defect etc. In order that the said grant etc. may not fail to take effect by reason that the said pope died before the letters thereon were drawn up, the pope hereby decrees that the said grant etc. shall take effect as if the letters had been drawn up under the said date, and that these presents shall suffice as proof thereof, and orders the above three to collate and assign the priory to Walter. Racioni congruit. (P. and H. Maesheim. | P.x. Residuum pro medietate. Undecimo Kal. Januarii Anno Primo. de Varris.) [4 pp.]|
4 Kal. June.
|To the abbot of Bective (de Benedictione dei) and the priors of Dermcach and Mulendkerr in the diocese of Meath. Mandate as below. The pope has been informed by the abbot and convent of the Augustinian monastery of SS. John and Peter, Cluaynarde, in the diocese of Meath, that Eugenius Omaenayd, rector of the parish church of Cluayndalaed in the said diocese, has dilapidated etc. and converted to evil uses many goods of the rectory, and openly committed perjury, and openly kept a concubine, and is greatly defamed in those parts of these and divers other crimes; and the recent petition of the said abbot and convent contained that the fruits etc. of the said monastery are so much diminished, on account of wars and other calamities which have long prevailed in those parts and still prevail and have afflicted the monastery's possessions and the monastery itself in its spirituals and temporals, that the said fruits, at present not worth more than 12 marks sterling, are not sufficient for the maintenance of the abbot and convent and for the repair of the buildings, which are very ruinous, etc., nay more, that many (quamplures) of its religious are often obliged, for lack of food and clothes, to go elsewhere, to the diminution of divine worship in the monastery. The pope therefore orders the above three, if and after the abbot and convent accuse Eugenius before them, to summon him and others concerned, and if they find the foregoing to be true, to deprive and remove him, and in that event to unite the rectory, value not exceeding 8 marks sterling, to the monastery in perpetuity, so that they may take possession and convert its fruits etc. to their uses; provided that the cure of souls in it be not neglected. Ad ea per que. (P. and G. Gonne. | P. xxxxvi. de Varris.) [3¾ pp.]|
12 Kal. Nov.
St. Peter's, Rome.
|To the master and brethren of the house or hospital of St. Thomas the Martyr of Acre (de Aconia), London. Decree etc., as below. Their recent petition contained that after Richard I, king of England, then fighting for the Holy Land, (fn. 2) had built in the city of Acre (in civitate Aconen.) a house to the honour of the glorious Thomas the Martyr, sometime archbishop of Canterbury in England, for the remedy of his sins and in order that brethren professing the rule of St. Augustine might reside therein, the kinsmen and affinity (affines) of the said Saint, imitating the pious example of the said king, gave in perpetual alms to the brethren of the said house of Acre the house or possession in the city of London in which the said Saint was born, and willed that there should be therein a master and brethren professing the said rule and living in common, and wearing a habit like that of the Templars, except the cross of white and red, (fn. 3) and named it the house or hospital of the said Saint of Acre of London. (fn. 4) Subsequently, inasmuch as the said house of Acre had remained unfinished and insufficiently endowed by reason of the said king's death, and inasmuch as the brethren therein, having become depressed by poverty and vagabond. were leading a dissolute life, the bishop of Winchester of the time, who had gone to those parts and the Holy Land on pilgrimage, considering that the said house of Acre was by its site and resources unsuited for a regular order, transferred, with the counsel and authority of the then patriarch of Jerusalem, the said brethren to a more suitable place in Cyprus, and substituted for them brothers of the order of St. Mary of the Teutons, which translation pope Gregory VIII (recte Gregory VIIII; cf. Cal. Papal Lett., vol. I, p. 150) confirmed. Afterwards, in the said house of London, increased and enlarged by the gifts of kings, princes and other faithful, a chapel was with licence of pope Innocent IV (fn. 5) erected, in which hitherto divine praises have never ceased (fn. 6); whereas, in course of time, probably on account of wars, the attacks of the pagans, penury and other misfortunes, the said principal house in Cyprus so fluctuated that its brethren, not having wherewith to maintain themselves, abandoned it and migrated to the house or hospital of London, where they have lived and abode in common with the other brethren, one of them being appointed master of the said house of London, (fn. 7) from whose time onwards all the masters of the said house of London have been in possession of the right of taking all the revenues of the kingdom of Cyprus as regards (occasione) the said formerly principal and abandoned house, the said house of London being held thenceforth, as it still is, the principal [house] of the order. The said petition adding that some too scrupulous persons doubt the validity of certain papal letters by which Calixtus III approved and confirmed the foundation and endowment of the said house or hospital of London, with all its houses, members etc., because no mention is made therein of the foregoing, the pope hereby, in order to remove such doubt and possible charge of surreptitiousness in the future, decrees that the said letters shall hold good from the date of these presents, as if full and express mention had been made therein of the foregoing; and furthermore ordains and grants that the said house or hospital of London shall be the head and principal place of all their order, and that upon it shall depend and be its members and be subject to it alike the said houses at Acre and in Cyprus and any other houses, hospitals etc. of their order, both in England and Cyprus, and that the said master of the house or hospital of London and his successors shall be in perpetuity the masters-general and superiors of the whole of the said order, with the rights of ordinary jurisdiction, visitation and reformation, correction, punishment etc. throughout the order, which formerly the master of the said house of Acre possessed, etc., etc.Procuratorum piorum locorum. (O. and Ernestus. | O.xxxx. Pontanus.) [5¾ pp. See Cal. Papal Lett., vol. XI, p. 114.]|
Prid. Kal. Aug.
|To John abbot and the convent of the Cistercian monastery of St. Mary, Fountains, in the diocese of York. Indult, at their recent petition (containing that the monastery is reputed very important and notable and is very opulent, and that its abbot is held in great honour and reverence) for the said abbot, who is S.T.M., and is visitor and reformator of all monasteries and places of the Cistercian order in England and adjacent parts, and for his successors, to wear the mitre, ring, gloves and other pontifical insignia, and to give solemn benediction after mass, vespers and matins in the said monastery and other churches and places subject to it, provided that at such benediction no bishop (antistes) or papal legate be present. Exposcit vestre devocionis. (O. and A. de Cortesiis. | O. lx. Pontanus.) [1¼ pp.]|
|7 Id. June.
|To Henry Rayno (sic), prior of the Augustinian priory of Warton (recte Marton) in the diocese of York. Grant to him (to whom Nicholas V granted to hold in commendam, as long as he held the said priory, any benefice with or without cure, secular or regular, even if a parish church etc., of any value, and to resign it, simply or for exchange, as often as he pleased) that, even after he resigns the priory, he may receive such benefice and retain it in commendam for life, and resign it as often as he pleases. Religionis zelus, vite etc. (P. and Ja. de Rizonibus. | P. xx. de Varris.) [1 p.See Cal. Papal Lett., vol. X, p. 60. for Nicholas V's dispensation to Henry Rayne, prior of the Augustinian priory of Marton in the diocese of York.’]|
Prid. Kal. June.
|To John Hornse, a monk of the Cistercian monastery of Roche (de Rupe) in the diocese of York, S.T.B. Dispensation to him, who alleges that he is of noble birth by both parents and desires to study theology, to receive and retain, without requiring licence of his superior, any parish church wont to be held by secular clerks, even if of the patronage of laymen, and to reside thereat in person. and to resign it, simply or for exchange, as often as he pleases. Religionis zelus, litterarum sciencia, vite etc. (P. and A. de Cortesiis. | P.xxxii. de Varris.) [1 p. +.]|