Vatican Regesta 717: 1486

Pages 133-136

Calendar of Papal Registers Relating To Great Britain and Ireland: Volume 14, 1484-1492. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1960.

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Vatican Regesta, Vol. DCCXVII. (fn. 1)

Bullarum Liber XX.

2 Innocent VIII.

4 Kal. Aug.
(29 July.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 30r.)
To John, bishop of Ross, dwelling in the city of Durham, (fn. 2) and the prior of Durham. Mandate, as below. The [recent] petition of the warden, chaplains, clerks, and poor men of the college of Stayndrop(e) in the diocese of Durham contained that Ralph, late earl of Westmoreland, founded and instituted by authority of the ordinary in the town of Stayndrop(e) a college of thirty-one persons, viz. a warden, eight chaplains, and four secular clerks, and six esquires, and as many servants called valets, (fn. 3) and six other poor men, and assigned divers goods for the maintenance of the said persons, in order that they should be present at the celebration and singing of divine offices in the parish church of Staindrop(e), in accordance with an ordinance of the said Ralph, and that certain statutes and ordinances made by him were confirmed by the late Thomas, bishop of Durham, by his ordinary authority; that, the said goods being insufficient, the said bishop and the late Henry, archbishop of York, united and appropriated to the said college in perpetuity, by their ordinary authority, the said parish church of Staindrop(e) and the parish church de le Thome (recte de Lethome), respectively; and that subsequently, the fruits, etc., of the said college having become so much diminished that they were insufficient, the late Laurence, archbishop of York, in like manner united and appropriated to the said college the parish church of Brigan [sic], in the diocese of York, a fit portion being reserved for a perpetual vicar to exercise the cure of souls of the said church of Brigan, in virtue of which unions the said warden, chaplains and clerks have obtained possession of the said churches. The pope, therefore, at the said petition, hereby orders the above two to summon those interested, and if they find the facts to be as stated, to confirm the said foundation, institution, and unions, etc., by papal authority. Ad ea per que. [4½ pp. In the margin at the end. ‘Septembris.’ See Cal. Pat. Rolls, Hen. IV, 1408–1413, pp. 35, 145, 167.]
5 Kal. Sept.
(28 Aug.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 110v.)
To Magonius Mascagarrth [sic] and Donald Ocearbhalan, canons of Derry (Deren.) and the official of the same. Mandate, as below. Sixtus IV, on being informed by Edmund Orobbartaidh (fn. 4) that John Olasci, (fn. 4) when under sentence of excommunication, and publicly denounced as such, whereof he was not ignorant, had celebrated masses and other divine offices in contempt of the Keys, thereby contracting irregularity, and had therefore rendered himself unworthy of the commenda which the said pope had granted to him for life of the monastery of St. Mary, Assaroe (de Sameria), O. Cist., in the diocese of Raphoe, void by the death of abbot John Ogallcabhair at the apostolic see, and previously reserved, ordered certain judges in those parts, if the said Edmund would accuse the said John Olasci before them, to summon the latter, and if they found the foregoing to be true, to deprive him of the said commenda, and remove him from the rule [and administration] of the said monastery, and in that event, and after the said Edmund had been received as a monk of the said monastery, and had taken its regular habit, and had made his profession, to make provision to him of the said monastery, still void as above, etc. The recent petition to the present pope of Nial Ogallcabhair, clerk, of the said diocese, contained that after the said Edmund had presented the said letters to the said judges, etc., he caused the said John Olasci to be summoned before them, and that they, proceeding in the cause, by their definitive sentence deprived the said John Olasci of the said commenda, and removed him from the rule and administration, from which sentence he appealed to the apostolic see. The said petition adding that the said appeal has not yet been committed, and that it is alleged that neither of the said Edmund and John Olasci has a right in or to the said rule and administration, and the pope having learned that the said Nial desires to serve God in the said monastery with the convent under the regular habit, he hereby orders the above three to receive the said Nial (who notwithstanding his illegitimacy, as the son of unmarried parents, has been made a clerk, and who was lately dispensed by papal authority to be promoted to all, even holy orders and hold a benefice even with cure), if fit, as a monk of the said monastery, give him the regular habit thereof, and receive his regular profession, and moreover, seeing that from fear of the power of the said Edmund and John Olasci he cannot safely meet them (fn. 5) in the city and diocese of Raphoe, to summon them, and if they find neither of them of have a right in or to the said monastery, and the said Nial to be fit, to make provision to him of the said monastery, yearly value not exceeding 21 marks sterling, etc. The pope further specially dispenses him to rule and administer it, etc., notwithstanding the said defect, etc., and grants him indult to be blessed by any catholic bishop in communion with the said see, and licence to such bishop. Apostolice sedis providentia circumspecta cupientibus vitam ducere regularem. [3½ pp. In the margin at the end: ‘Sep (tembris).’ See Cal. Papal Lett., XIII, p. 479.]
5 Kal. Oct.
(27 Sept.)
St. Peter's, Rome. (fn. 6)
(f. 163r.)
To the dean of Limerick, and Hobert (fn. 7) de Burgo and Henry Macostello, canons of the same. Mandate, as below. The pope has learned that the perpetual vicarage of the parish church of Kyllarari in the diocese of Cashel has been so long void that by the Lateran statutes its collation has lapsed to the apostolic see, although Richard Machostello, priest, of the said diocese, has detained possession for some years without any canonical title. The pope, therefore, at the recent petition of Edmund de Burgo, a canon of Cashel, containing that the fruits, etc., of a canonry and the prebend called the prebend of Kyllarary in the church of Cashel are too slight for his maintenance, etc., hereby orders the above three, inasmuch as the said Edmund has no hope of obtaining justice in the city and diocese of Cashel, to summon the said Richard and others concerned, and also those interested, and to unite the said vicarage to the said canonry and prebend, yearly value not exceeding 4 and 8 marks sterling, respectively, for the lifetime of the said Edmund. Apostolice sedis circumspecta benignitas. [5½ pp.]

3 Innocent VIII.

13 Kal. Oct.
(19 Sept.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 173r.)
To William Wythe, precentor of Limerick, I.U.B. Collation and provision of the said precentorship, which is a nonmajor dignity with cure, and to which are annexed in perpetuity a certain canonry and prebend of the said church, and the yearly value of which does not exceed 60 marks sterling, void by the pope's recent promotion of Richard, [bishop] elect of Limerick, to that church, (fn. 8) and previously reserved. Litterarum scientia, vite etc.
Concurrent letters to the bishop of Durham (Dunelmen.), the precentor of Killaloe (Laon [i]en.), and Thomas Whyte, a canon of Cashel. Hodie dilecto filio Willelmo Whyte. [4 pp.]
11 Kal. Dec.
(21 Nov.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 307v.)
To the dean and the archdeacon of Killala (Aladen.), and John Odonnagan, a canon of the same. Mandate to collate and assign to Thomas Coc, priest, of the diocese of Killala, the perpetual vicarage of the parish church of Balischascary [sic] in the said diocese, yearly value not exceeding 5 marks sterling, so long void that its collation has lapsed to the apostolic see, although William Baret, priest, who is to be summoned and removed, has detained possession of it for some years without any title, at least canonical, and without any right. Vite etc. (At the end: ‘Gratis pro deo.’) [3¾ pp.]


  • 1. On the back of the volume: ‘Inn. viii. Bullar. An. i. ii, iii. Li. xx.' On the front half of the original sheepskin binding, preserved at the begining of the volume, is the contemporary ‘xx bullarum domini Innocentii,’ and ’R (ecipe) Drago’; and also the usual later ‘Innoc. 8. Lib. xx.’ There are i–cccxii ff. of text and (in spite of ‘Recipe Drago’), and no ‘rubricelle.’
  • 2. Dunelmen (si), substituted in the margin for Dublinen (si), cancelled.
  • 3. ac totidem familiarium vallectorum nuncupatorum.
  • 4. They are not more fully described.
  • 5. cum, recte eos.
  • 6. ’Dat. Rome apud sanctum Petrum. Anno etc. mcccclxxx sexto, quinto Kal. Octobris pontificatus nostri anno sexto’ being evidently an error for ‘secundo.’
  • 7. The first o of ‘Hoberto’ is the result of a clumsy correction.
  • 8. Richard Stackpole, provided on the day before the above date. Ware gives only his Christian name and the year 1486. Eubel, Hierarchia, s.v. Limericen., has ‘Richardus Stackpolls, 1486, Sept. 18,’ from ‘Obl. 83, 104.' The loc. cit. of the Obligationes has, however, ‘de persona reverendi patris domini Richardi Stakpolis,’ where ‘Stakpolis,’ is presumably to be taken as a genitive form.