Vatican Regesta 724: 1486-1487

Pages 187-193

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. DCCXXIV. (fn. 1)

Bullarum Liber XXVII.

3 Innocent VIII.

7 Id. June.
(7 June.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 81v.)
To the archdeacon of Annaghdown (Enachdunen.) and Walter Blacke and Richard Joy, canons of the same. Mandate, as below. The recent petition of Donatus Ydonayll, clerk, of the diocese of Annaghdown, contained that on the voidance of the perpetual vicarage of the parish church de rasima in the said diocese by the death extra R.c. of Dermit Oflatartha, the chapter of Annaghdown (the see being then void) appointed by their ordinary authority the said Donatus to be guardian (custodem) of the said vicarage, and that under pretext thereof he took possession thereof, and has unduly detained it for between one and two years, taking the fruits and turning them to his own uses. The pope, therefore, hereby rehabilitating the said Donatus, orders the above three to summon the bishop and chapter of Annaghdown, and others concerned, and if they find the said vicarage, the yearly value of which does not exceed 3 marks sterling, to be void as above or in any other way, etc., to erect it into a simple prebend of the church of Annaghdown, and to institute a canonry in that church for the life of the said Donatus, and, in the event of their so doing, to collate and assign to him such canonry and prebend. Before they proceed to execute these presents, he is to resign to them the said vicarage, etc. Apostolice sedis indefessa dementia. [5½ pp.]
4 Kal. Aug.
(29 July.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 133v.)
To the bishop of Lismore, the abbot of the monastery of SS. Cuan and Brogan in the diocese of Lismore, and Philip Oketh, a canon of Lismore, Mandate, as below. The recent petition of Nicholas Whyth, a canon of the church of Ossory, contained that although the late David, then bishop, and the dean and chapter of Ossory had made a statute to the effect that the holders for the time being of the canonries of Ossory and the prebends called [the prebends] of Aghow[u]r and Sancta Malla in the said church should be bound to make continual and personal residence in the said church, and be present at and serve divine offices at the wonted hours, under pain of deprivation, like persons holding dignities in the same church, and that no one should in future be instituted in the said prebends unless he were in priest's orders, (fn. 2) and decreed that if any one should impetrate the said prebends, or one of them, (fn. 3) or should infringe the said statute, he should ipso facto fall under sentence of the greater excommunication, and that the said prebends should always in future be sacerdotal, the said Nicholas, without any special notice of the statute, etc., having been made to him, got collation and provision made to him by authority of the ordinary, when he was in minor orders only, of the said canonry and prebend of Ag[h]owur, on their voidance by the death of Thomas Troi extra R.c., in virtue whereof he obtained possession; and that he afterwards obtained from Sixtus IV certain letters by which that pope granted him an indult that as long as he should hold the said canonry and prebend of Aghow[u]r he should not be bound to observe the said statute, etc., nor be compelled by the penalties contained therein, no mention being made in the said letters of the sentence of excommunication contained in the said statute, etc., of which sentence the said Nicholas was ignorant. At the said petition, therefore (adding that although when he obtained possession of the said canonry and prebend of Aghow[u]r he took and oath to observe the statutes and customs of the said church [of Ossory], he did not see the said statute, etc., and was ignorant thereof, and had no knowledge of the said excommunication and order of priesthood, and that they were not notified to him by the bishop who collated to him the said canonry and prebend of Aghow[u]r, and by the chapter who admitted him to the said prebend of Aghow[u]r, and that he has never been molested by the said bishop and chapter and the parishioners of the said prebend of Aghow[u]r), the pope hereby orders the above three, if they find to be true what is alleged in regard to the said ignorance, to decree that the said Nicholas has not incurred the said sentence of excommunication by reason of the aforesaid and of the said oath, and has not contracted irregularity, but that collations and provisions since made to him of any benefices with and without cure, even if canonries and prebends, are valid as if he had been ordained priest at the time of the provision made to him of the said canonry and prebend of Aghow[u]r, and that he may minister in the orders which he has meanwhile received, even in holy orders. Humillibus [sic] supplicum votis. [3½ pp. In the margin at the end: ‘Sept (embris).’]
8 Id. Aug.
(6 Aug.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 146r.)
Grant to all who, being truly penitent and having confessed, on the feast of the Translation of St. Thomas the Martyr and on the day preceding, until sunset of the day of the said feast, visit annually, for the three years beginning immediately after the year 1489, the church of Canterbury, dedicated to Christ, O.S.B. (which church is very famous in the realm of England, and which St. Thomas the Martyr, archbishop thereof, consecrated by his blood and glorious martyrdom, dying for the defence of ecclesiastical liberty, and in which his body lies), and who give alms for the repair, etc., and ornaments thereof, of a plenary indulgence, and that which they would have gained if they had visited in person the basilicas and churches of Rome specially appointed for the purpose in the year of Jubilee last past; and grant to those who visit from now and on the feasts of Holy Trinity, the Translation of the same St. Thomas [7 July], and St. Michael in September, from the day of the Passion of the same Saint [29 Dec.], from the first to the second vespers, and who give alms as above, to wit, on each day of the same feasts, of an indulgence and remission of a fourth part of all their sins of which they shall be heartily contrite and which they shall have confessed; with faculty hereby to the archbishop of Canterbury, and in his absence to the prior of the said church, for the time being, to appoint fit priests, (fn. 4) secular and regular, to hear on the aforesaid feasts and days, and for three days before and as many days thereafter, (fn. 5) the confessions of all the faithful who resort to the said church in order to acquire such remission, and who wish to make their confession, and to grant them absolution from all their sins, etc., even in cases reserved to the apostolic see, except only in cases of laying violent hands on a bishop or superior, offence against ecclesiastical liberty, conspiracy against the person or estate of the Roman pontiff, or any offence, etc., against the said see, priest-murder, (fn. 6) and other cases contained in the letters wont to be published on Holy Thursday, (fn. 7) enjoining a salutary penance, relax any oaths, and commute vows (except only vows of pilgrimage beyond the sea, visit of the shrines of the apostles Peter and Paul and St. James in Compostella, religion, continence and chastity) into other worlds of piety. These presents shall not hold good, as regards plenary remission, after the said three years, and shall hold good, as regards their other contents, for ever, etc. Universis Christifidelibus. … Thesauri sacratissime passionis dominice. (Gratis de mandato etc.) [4 pp. No month in the margin at the end.]
12 Kal. March.
(19 Feb.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 155v.)
To John Barre, perpetual vicar of the parish church of Dunde in the diocese of Brechin. Reservation, etc., as below. Whereas he has this day resigned to the pope the perpetual vicarage of the parish church of Newtile in the diocese of St. Andrews, provision of which was made to him by papal authority, and in the course of litigating about which he has won in the Roman court before a certain papal auditor a definitive sentence against Robert Fornbarcorn’ (?), clerk, of the said diocese, which sentence has become a res judicata, etc.; and whereas the pope, admitting the said resignation, has granted provision of the said vicarage, void by such resignation, and previously reserved, to the said Robert, the pope hereby reserves and assigns to the above John Barre a yearly pension for life of 12 marks of the usual money of the realm of Scotland, making about 3l. sterling, upon the fruits, etc., of the said vicarage, to be paid to him by the said Robert (who has consented) and by his successors in the said vicarage, half at St. John Baptist's and half on Christmas day; with sanctions for delay or non-payment, and mandate executory to the bishop of Dunkeld (Dunchalden.), the archdeacon of Dunkeld (Dunkalden.), and John Baptista de Ferrariis, a canon of Modena. Vite ac morum. [6½ pp. In the margin at the end: ‘Juni (i).’]
5 Id. June.
(9 June.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 160r.)
To the abbot of the monastery of SS. Cuan and Brogan, Mothel (de Motalia), in the diocese of Lismore, and Philip Olreth (recte Oketh? ) and John Ohogayn, canons of Lismore. Mandate, as below. The recent petition of Robert Hedyan, clerk, of the diocese of Ossory, contained that after Eugenius IV and Paul II's renewal of sentences of excommunication, etc., against simoniacs, and the reservation of absolution therefrom to them and their successors, except in the hour of death, a dispute arose between the said Robert and Thomas Porcell, clerk, of the diocese of Cashel, and Peter Canthuel, a canon of Cashel, about the archdeaconry of the church of Ossory, each of them claiming that provision thereof had been made to him in virtue of papal letters; that after the cause had been agitated before divers judges in those parts, at the said Thomas's instance the said judges, wrongfully proceeding, as is alleged, promulgated a sentence, said to be unjust, in favour of the said Thomas and against the said Robert; that subsequently the said canon Peter obtained, under pretext of certain papal letters, the commission of the said cause against the said Thomas and Robert to certain other judges in those parts, who, proceeding in the same cause, promulgated a sentence in favour of the said Peter and against the said Thomas and Robert, from which two sentences the said Robert has appealed to the apostolic see. The said Robert's petition adding that it is alleged that none of the said co-litigants has a right in or to the said archdeaconry; and the pope having learned that a canonry of Cashel and a prebend called [the prebend] [of] Killwyllechon therein have been so long void that their collation has lapsed to the apostolic see, although the said Peter has detained possession of them for several years, without any title or right, he has been petitioned by the said Robert (who alleged that in order to buy off the vexations and molestations inflicted on him by the said Thomas in regard to the taking of the fruits of the said archdeaconry, and in regard to its possession, and in order to implement an agreement which had been made between them at the intervention of divers upright men, ecclesiastical and secular, he remitted to the said Thomas for a certain time half the fruits of the said archdeaconry, and that lately, notwithstanding his illegitimacy, as the son of a priest, then archdeacon of the said churches, (fn. 8) and un unmarried or a married woman, he was made a clerk) to absolve him from simony and the said sentences, etc. The pope, therefore, remitting to the said Robert the fruits, etc., taken by him for between two and three years whilst the said suit has been pending, hereby orders the above three to absolve him from the said simony, etc., enjoining a salutary penance, etc., dispense him on account of irregularity contracted by taking part in divine offices, and rehabilitate him, relax the oath taken by him in the said agreement, and decree that he is not bound to observe the agreement, and moreover, in the event of their so doing, seeing that from fear of the power of the said Thomas and Peter he cannot safely meet them in the cities and dioceses of Cashel and Ossory, to summon the said Thomas and Peter, and if they find that neither the said Robert nor Peter nor Thomas has any right in or to the said archdeaconry, and that the said canonry and prebend are still void, to collate and assign to the said Robert the said archdeaconry, a non-major non-elective dignity with cure, and the said canonry and prebend (to which the perpetual vicarage of the parish church of FiZthard (?) in the said diocese of Cashel is annexed), yearly values not exceeding 60 and 15 marks sterling, respectively; whether the said archdeaconry be still void by the promotion of the late John, bishop of Ossory, and by his consecration conferred by papal authority in the Roman court, or by the death extra R.c. of Nicholas Halred (? recte Haked, i.e. Haket), sometime archdeacon of Ossory, or howsoever the said benefices be void, etc., provided that the said Robert do not immediately succeed his father in the said canonry and prebend and archdeaconry, inducting the said Robert, and removing the said Thomas and Peter, and any other unlawful detainers; notwithstanding certain letters surreptitiously impetrated by Richard Eluwart (?), a canon of Cashel, in the matter of the said canonry and prebend and annex, etc. The pope further specially dispenses the said Robert to be promoted to all, even holy orders and receive and retain for life the said archdeaconry and canonry and prebend and annex, and with the said archdeaconry any one other benefice, and without the archdeaconry any two other benefices, with cure or otherwise incompatible, and any benefices with or without cure compatible with one another and with the aforesaid benefices, etc., and to resign them, etc. Before they proceed to execute these presents, he is to resign to them the said archdeaconry. [14½ pp. In the margin at the end: ‘Jul (ii).’]
3 Id. Oct.
(13 Oct.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 205v.)
Declaration, etc., as below. Sixtus IV, having learned that the monastery of St. Edward alias St. Mary, Belmerinarch [sic], O. Cist., in the diocese of St. Andrews, had been so long void that by the canonical sanctions its collation had lapsed to the apostolic see, made provision thereto of Walter Bunch, and appointed him abbot. And upon a dispute arising between the said Walter and Robert Fernedd’, clerk, about the rule and administration of the said monastery, the present pope by word of mouth ordered John [cardinal], bishop of Albano, to inquire into the merits of the cause, and report to the pope and his brethren in secret consistory, which the said bishop subsequently did. The pope, therefore, knowing the merits of the cause, and having deliberated with his said brethren, declares by these presents, with their counsel, that the said Robert has no right in the said rule and administration, imposes perpetual silence on him, and adjudges the said rule, etc., to the said Walter, and, moreover, with the like counsel, decrees that the said provision and appointment, and their consequences, shall hold good from the date of these presents, as if the said provision and appointment had been made in consistory and by the counsel of the brethren of the pope's said predecessor; even if the said monastery be void because James Roth (provision of whom was made by papal authority to the said monastery, then void in a certain way) has been canonically appointed abbot of the monastery of Culros, of the said order, in the diocese of Dunblane, then also void in a certain way, and has obtained peaceable possession of its rule and administration and goods, or whether it be void by the resignation extra R.c. of the late William Bel, sometime abbot, or be void in any other way. Ad fut. rei mem. Ex apostolice sedis consueta providentia. [2 pp. At the end: ‘Fuit expedita duplicata predicta bulla, et scripta per B. Bagarothus.’ In the margin: ‘Mar (tii).’]
Kal. Feb.
(1 Feb.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 250r.)
To the abbot of the monastery de Tonglandi in the diocese of Whitherne (Candide case), and the archdeacon and the official of Whitherne. Mandate as below. The recent petition of Robert Canbel [sic], clerk, of the diocese of G[I]asgow, contained that John Bron, perpetual vicar of the parish church of Kyrlicun (recte Kyrkcun) in the diocese of Whitherne, who has for divers years held the said vicarage, does not understand and cannot speak intelligibly the language (ydioma) of the place in which it is situate, to the detriment of souls, and also allows the present abbot of Sweetheart (monasterii dulciscordis) alias de Nouabla (recte Noua abba i.e. abb[ati]a) in the diocese of Glasgow, who is said to be the patron of the said vicarage, to take a certain part of its fruits every year. The pope, therefore, hereby orders the above three to summon the said John and others concerned, and if they find the foregoing to be true, to deprive and remove him, and in that event to collate and assign the said vicarage, yearly value not exceeding 9 marks sterling, to the said Robert. Vite etc. [3¼ pp. In the margin at the end: ‘Marc (ii).’]


  • 1. On the back of the volume: ‘Inn. viii. Bullar. An. i. A. [i.e. ad] iv. L. xxvii.’ The original parchment binding preserved at the beginning of the volume has only the later ‘Innoc. 8. Lib. 27.’ There are i–cccxxvii ff. of text, and no ‘rubricelle.’
  • 2. nisi presbyter in sacris ordinibus constitutus. [sic].
  • 3. It is not obvious what harm there could be in impetrating the prebends, unless the impetrator were not qualified, e.g. if he were not in priest's orders. This is, however, not explicitly stated.
  • 4. predictos,? recte presbyteros.
  • 5. qui in fastiuitatibus ac diebus predictis ac per tres ante et totidem dies post.
  • 6. presbytericidii.
  • 7. in die cene domini.
  • 8. de presbytero tunc archidiacono predictarum ecclesiarum, i.e. presumably of Cashel and Ossory.