Vatican Regesta 694: 1484-1487

Pages 56-58

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. DCXCIV. (fn. 1)

Officiorum Liber I.

1 Innocent VIII.

5 Id. Dec.
(9 Dec.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 68r.)
To Master David Lythoun, canon of Glasgow, a [proto]notary of the pope. Appointing him, who is by both parents of noble birth, at the petition also of James, king of Scots, whose treasurer and counsellor he is, a [proto]notary of the pope and the apostolic see. Before receiving the insignia of office he is to take the usual oath of fealty to the bishops of Glasgow and Brechin, according to the form enclosed. Pii patris altissimi. [1¼ pp.]
Ibid. To the bishops of Glasgow and Brechin. Mandate, in order that the above David Lythoun may not be obliged to repair to the apostolic see in order to take the above oath, after receiving it to confer on him the above-mentioned insignia; with the form of the oath to be taken, beginning ’Ego David domini N pape notarius, ab hac hora in antea fidelis ero.’ Cum nos hodie dilectum filium. [2 pp.]
8 Kal. Feb.
(25 Jan.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 75r.)
To John de Giglis, clerk, of Lucca, I.U.D., a papal subdeacon, and collector of the Camera and nuncio of the pope in the realm of England. Confirmation, during the pleasure of the pope and the apostolic see, of his appointment by Sixtus IV to the above office. Dum sinceram devotionem. [1 p.]
4 Id. July.
(12 July.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 129v.)
To George Karmichal, treasurer of Glasgow, [a papal acolyte]. Appointing him, who is by both parents of noble, even baronial race, an acolyte of the pope and the apostolic see. Virtutibus clar [e]ns. [1 p.]
8 Kal. Sept.
(25 Aug.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 143v.)
To James, bishop of Imola, commissary of the pope and the apostolic see to the realm of Scotland and its provinces, etc., with full power of a legate de latere. Appointing him commissary of the pope and the apostolic see in the said realm, with full power of a legate de latere, in which realm the papal Camera has very many debtors; with power to exact payment of arrears by whomsoever owed, especially from William, archbishop of St. Andrews, and John Liester, Friars Minors [sic], and Simon Phinlay, priest, nuncios, commissaries, collectors, and sub-collectors and sub-commissaries, in the church of St. Andrews, and other nuncios … and subcommissaries of tenths, of the Jubilee subsidy, and of indulgences granted by the pope or his predecessors in favour of the Crusade and the hospital of St. John of Jerusalem, and for the defence of the said hospital's island of Rhodes, and for any other cause, or of annates of any benefices belonging to the said Camera, etc. (fn. 2); proceeding by ecclesiastical censure, sequestration, imprisonment, etc., and invoking, if necessary, the aid of the secular arm, etc. In order that his mission may not be impeded, the pope hereby revokes the said archbishop William, John and Simon, and any other collectors, etc., appointed in the said realm by the pope and the apostolic see, and also by the master and convent of Rhodes, and their sub-collectors, etc., and all power and authority granted to them. Ex fideli ac solicita diligentia prudentia et probitate circumspecta. [8½ pp. Briefly summarized in Theiner, op. cit., p. 507.]

2 Innocent VIII.

8 Kal. May.
(24 April.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 197v.)
To Master Henry Haute, scholar, of the diocese of London, a papal [proto]notary. Appointing him (who is in his twelfth year or thereabouts, and is a kinsman of Elizabeth, queen of England, and who desires to be made a clerk), motu proprio a [proto]notary of the pope and the apostolic see. Before receiving the insignia of the said office, he is to take the usual oath of fealty to the bishops of Ely and Rochester, or one of them. Pii patris altissimi.
Concurrent mandate to the bishops of Ely and Rochester, to receive the oath as above, according to the form enclosed, and thereafter, and after he has been made a clerk, to confer on him the insignia of office. They are to send the said form of oath by their own envoy to the pope. (fn. 3). Cum hodie dilectum filium. (Gratis de mandato etc.) [3¼ pp.]

Vatican Regesta, Vol. DCXCIV.

3 Innocent VIII.

Id. Oct.
(15 Oct.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 217r.)
To Miles (fn. 4) de Burgo, dean of Limerick and co[m]mendatory of Athassell in the diocese of Cashel, nuncio of the pope and collector of the Camera throughout all Ireland. Appointing him apostolic nuncio and collector-general during the pope's pleasure in the provinces of Armagh, Dublin, Cashel, and Tuam, and their cities and dioceses, and throughout all Ireland, of fruits, etc., due to the pope and the Roman Church and the papal Camera, all other collectors and sub-collectors being hereby revoked and removed; with the usual faculties and powers. He is to take the usual oath to Raphael, cardinal deacon of St. George's in Velabro etc. Ex fideli sollicita ac diligenti, probitate quoque circumspecta. [5 pp.]
5 Id. July.
(11 July.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 272v.)
To John Barre, perpetual vicar of the parish church of Dunde in the diocese of Brechin, M.A., collector of the Camera in the realm of Scotland and the cities and dioceses thereof. Confirmation of his appointment by Sixtus IV to the said office, with the same faculties. Dudum sinceram devotionem. [1½ pp. Briefly summarized in Theiner, op. cit., p. 507, with the date 1485, 7 Kal. Julii anno 3, which is not only wrong, but also self-contradictory, 25 June anno 3 being 25 June 1487, not 1485. (fn. 5) ]


  • 1. On the back of the volume: ‘Inn. viii. Offic. Lib. i.’ On the side of half of the original sheepskin binding which is preserved at the beginning of the volume is the contemporary ‘[Primus] Officiorum domini Innocentii viii,’ and other contemporary notes, and on the back of it is the later ‘Innocentius 8. Prim. Offic.’ There are 273 ff. of text, and 4 ff. of ‘rubricelle,’ headed ‘Rubricelle Libri primi Officiorum domini Innocentii.’
  • 2. et presertim a venerabili fratri [sic] nostro Guillermo archiepiscopo sancti Andree et dilectis filiis Johanne Liester ordinis fratrum minorum professoribus [sic] ac Simone Phinlay presbytero in ecclesia sancti Andree aliisque nuntiis commissariis collectoribus et subcollectoribus et subcommissariis pecuniarum decimarum subsidii Jubilei et indulgentiarum in favorem sancte +te (i.e. cruciate) et hospitalis sancti Johannis Jerosolimitani ac pro defensione insule Rhodi dicti hospitalis et ex alia quauis causa a nobis vel predecessoribus nostris concessarum aut annatarum quorumcunque beneficiorum dicte camere debitorum omnia et singula pecuniarum summas ac earum (or eorum) et bonorum quorumlibet quantitates ac jura decimas subsidia caritativa omniaque et singula alia bonaad nos et ecclesiam [Romanam] cameram et hospitale predicta quomodolibet spectantes et spectantia quecunque quotcunque et qualiacunque fuerint auctoritate apostolica petendi. …
  • 3. ac formam juramenti quod idem Henricus prestiterit [nobis] de verbo ad verbum per proprium nuntium destinare curetis.
  • 4. The address was ‘Dilecto filio molero de Burgo.’ The m has been corrected to M, and the o appears to have been corrected to e, but the result is not clear. It is ‘Molerus’ in the ‘rubricelle.’
  • 5. The register had ‘mccclxxx quinto, Quinto Id. Julijanno tertio.' The ‘quinto’ is very effectually cancelled, and ‘septimo’ substituted in the margin, thus giving mccclxxx septimo, Quinto Id. Julij. Theiner, or his transcriber, has misunderstood the correction.