Vatican Regesta 419: 1451-1452

Pages 228-234

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. CCCCXIX. (fn. 1)

De Curia

5 Nicholas V.

Prid. Non. Dec.
(4 Dec.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 124.)
To Thomas Bedford, M.A., rector of Lubbenham in the diocese of Lincoln. Indult for life to take and to let or to grant to farm or yearly pension to any persons, even laymen, the fruits of the said and any other benefices, whilst studying at an university, or being in the service of any secular princes or prelates. Litterarum etc. (P[e]. de Noxeto. | xxvi.W. de Gouda. P. de Spinosis. P. de Bonitate.) [2 pp. In the margin: De(cembris).]
(f. 125.)
To the archbishop of Canterbury and the bishops of Ely and London. Mandate, recapitulating the preceding, to cause it to be executed. Hodie dilecto filio. (P[e]. de Noxeto. | xviii. W. … De(cembris).] as in the preceding. [1 p.]
19 Kal. Feb.
(14 Jan.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 161d.)
To George Radelyff (rectius Radclyff or Rade[c]lyff), archdeacon of Chester in Lichfield, doctor of canon law. Indult for life to him (who is a canon of Lichfield, is the son of a knight by lawful marriage, is over his sixty-seventh year, and keeps continual residence in the church of Lichfield, from which church the said archdeaconry is distant, the nearer part 28 English miles, the remoter part 50), to visit the churches etc. of the said archdeaconry by deputy, and to receive the procurations in ready money; with mandate executory hereby to the bishops of London and Coventry and Angelus de Pisis, a canon of Pisa. Meruit tue devotionis. (Pe. de Noxeto. | l. Ja. de Viterbio. P. de Legendorff.L. Therunda.) [11/5 pp. Slightly more elaborate than usual.]
Non. Feb.
(5 Feb.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
To Edmund, bishop of Meath. Grant etc., as below. Lately, when he was a priest of the diocese of Norwich, it was set forth to Eugenius IV on his behalf that when in his thirteenth year he was induced by the persuasions and bland words of the friars of the Carmelite house of Norwich to take the habit, and made the wonted profession, without any intention, however, of being bound to any religion, but, on the contrary, of leaving the place where he was as soon as possible and giving up the said habit; that, before the completion of his fourteenth year, he was placed and detained by some friars of the said order in custody, and could not get an opportunity of leaving the place where he was detained, and so for some years, until he at length found an opportunity to abandon the habit and order, leave the said place and return to the world, where he desired to end his days; wherefore the said pope ordered the abbot (fn. 2) of the Premonstratensian monastery of Wendeling in the said diocese [of Norwich], if he found the above to be true, to declare that the said Edmund was not bound to the observance of a rule. Subsequently, after John, abbot of the said monastery, had so declared, the said pope—inasmuch as the said letters [of that pope] had not mentioned that he had been received in the houses of Burnham (Brouonne) and Yarmouth (Jerenemute) of the said [Carmelite] order and diocese, and had made the above profession—granted to him that the said first letters and declaration and their consequences should hold good as if the said mention had been made (fn. 3), and moreover dispensed him to minister in all the orders he had received, even under the said habit, and to hold any compatible benefices, of any number and kind, with or without cure. At his recent petition (containing that although in virtue of a provision by the present pope of the church of Meath, on its voidance by the death of William, he has obtained possession of the rule and administration, mention was by inadvertence not made in the letters of provision of the said declaration, grant and dispensation etc., wherefore he doubts whether his promotion holds good, whether the letters in regard thereto are surreptitious, and whether he may be molested), the pope hereby grants and decrees that the said provision has held good from the date thereof, and holds good, as if the said mention had been made. Exigit tue devotionis. (Poggius. | l. Ja. de Viterbio. P. de Legendorff. G. de Puteo.) [2 pp. In the margin: Fe(bruarii). See below, f. 307d.]

4 Nicholas V.

12 Kal. June.
(21 May.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 211d.)
To the vidame of Reims, and the officials of Bayeux and Coutances. Mandate to collate and assign to Simon de Folonia, priest, of the diocese of Bayeux, M.A., the deanery, which is a principal dignity, and a canonry and prebend of the church of St. Sepulchre, Caen (de Cadomo), in the said diocese, value not exceeding 60 florins of gold of the camera, of which, on their voidance by the death of William Denisete (fn. 4), Henry, king of England (under whose dominion those parts then were) made collation and provision, or ordered provision to be made (in accordance with a papal privilege which has hitherto not been derogated from) to the said Simon, who in virtue thereof obtained possession, but now doubts whether the said collation etc. hold good; whether they be void as stated, or by the death of John Gosselin in the Roman court, or of John Aumont without it, etc.Litterarum etc. (Pe. de Noxeto. | xxiiii. A. Fiocardus.P. Philippron.) [2½ pp.]

5 Nicholas V.

18 Kal. Feb.
(15 Jan.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 213.)
Confirmation, as below. The recent petition of the prior and convent of the Benedictine priory of Belvoir (de Belvero) in the diocese of Lincoln, immediately subject to the Roman church, and John Appulton, perpetual vicar of the united parish churches of Barkston and St. Helen in Plumgarth in the same diocese, contained that they formerly approached the late William, then bishop of Lincoln, with a view to his uniting the said vicarages, who, alleging himself to be otherwise engaged, remitted the matter to the court of the archbishop of Canterbury; that William Witham, a canon of Lincoln, doctor of laws, dean of the church of St. Mary Arches (de Arcubus), London, commissary appointed by John, archbishop of Canterbury, in consideration of the slenderness of the fruits etc. of both churches, [value not stated,] and their being so near that they could be served by a single vicar, united in perpetuity the vicarage of St. Helen's to Barkston, the latter to be the mother church, under certain conditions [stated], e.g. if the nave of St. Helen's should for want of repair fall into ruin the said prior and convent should arrange its chancel as a chapel (fn. 5) and cause [mass and other divine offices] to be celebrated by a chaplain once a week and on certain feast days, the manse and glebe (fn. 6) of St. Helen's being reserved to the said prior and convent for the conservation of the said chapel, etc.; and that subsequently the said prior and convent and vicar agreed to pay yearly, by way of compensation, to the bishop of Lincoln 6s. 8d. and to the archdeacon of Leicester 3s. 4d.; in virtue of all which the said John obtained possession of St. Helen's, on its voidance, and still holds it together with the said mother church. The pope hereby confirms the said union, agreement etc. Ad perp. rei mem. Ex iniuncto nobis. (Poggius. | xxxv. Ja. de Viterbio. P de Legendorff.Coronatus.) [2¼ pp.]
8 Id. April.
(6 April.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 239d.)
To the bishop of Brechin, the abbot of Cupar in the diocese of St. Andrews and the vidame of Reims. Mandate, as below. The pope has learned that the chapel of St. Mary within the cemetery of the parish church of Forgondeway [sic] in the diocese of Dunkeld (which is of lay patronage, and whose foundation provides that no one can hold it unless in priest's orders and that its holder cannot hold another benefice therewith, and which James Cameron [now] a canon, sometime abbot of Holyrood, Edinburg, was holding in commendam by papal authority at the time of his promotion to the said monastery, made by the same authority) became and is at present void, or that the said commenda thereof ceased, by the said promotion and abbot James's subsequent obtaining possession of the administration etc.; that its collation lawfully devolved by the Lateran statutes to the apostolic see, although Patrick de Forsyth, clerk, of the said diocese, under pretext of his presentation by the patron and his institution as rector by the late James, bishop of Dunkeld, for some time unduly detained possession, without being promoted to the priesthood and together with another benefice; and that, after the death of the said bishop James and the removal of the said Patrick by bishop John (to whom provision was made by papal authority), Thomas de Kirchtone, priest, of the said diocese of St. Andrews, was in like manner presented by the patron to the said bishop John, and by him instituted as rector, and has unduly detained possession for more than a year, but less than two years, after the said lapse, taking the fruits. The pope therefore orders the above to collate and assign to John Donaldi, a canon of Dunkeld, bachelor of canon law, a priest, the said chapel, without cure and value not exceeding 6l. sterling, whether it became void as above, or be still void because it was granted in commendam to the said abbot James, or became void by the resignation of the said Patrick or Thomas, or in any other way, removing the said Thomas and any other unlawful detainer. Litterarum etc. (Pe. de Noxeto. | lxx. Ja. de Viterbio. A. de Magio.) [In the margin: Fe(bruarii). 4 pp. Theiner, Vet. Monum.Hibern. et Scot. Hist. Illustr., pp. 386–387, no. 762, from ‘Reg. Bullar. Tom. xxxv, fol. 239,’ i.e. the present Register. See the next following mandate.]
12 Kal. Feb.
(21 Jan.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 241d.)
To the bishops of Spoleto and Brechin and the dean of Aberdeen. Mandate to collate and assign to John Donaldi, perpetual vicar of Ouch[t]irgawin in the diocese of Dunkeld, bachelor of canon law, a priest, the chancellorship of Dunkeld, a non-major dignity, value not exceeding 8l. sterling, void by the death of Richard de Clepham; whether it be so void, or by the death of Nicholas de Atholia, priest, of the diocese of Dunkeld, doctor of canon law, or by the resignation of John de Atholia, priest, of the said diocese, or of the said Richard, or be void in any other way; notwithstanding that he holds the said perpetual vicarage, value not exceeding 8l. sterling, and that the pope lately, motu proprio, made him provision of a canonry of Dunkeld and another of Aberdeen with reservation of as many prebends and of a dignity etc. of one of those churches, and [reservation] of a benefice with and (et) without cure, wont to be assigned to secular clerks, even if a rural deanery or an archpriestship, in the collation etc. of the bishop and the prior and chapter etc. of St. Andrews, and dispensed him, by other letters, to hold two incompatible benefices for life. Litterarum etc. (Pe. de Noxeto. | xxiiii.Ja. de Viterbio. P. de Legendorff. Ja. de Steccatis.) [In the margin: Fe(bruarii). 2½ pp. See the preceding mandate.See also above, p. 163, and below, ff. 244, 284d.]
(f. 244.)
To the bishop of Spoleto, the abbot of Paisley and the provost of Botwel in the diocese of Glasgow. Mandate to collate and assign to John Donaldi, perpetual vicar of Ochtergauwin in the diocese of Dunkeld, bachelor of canon law, a priest, a canonry of Glasgow and the prebend of Cardros therein, value not exceeding 12l. sterling, void by the death of Richard Clepham; whether they be so void, or be void by the resignation of the said Richard, or be void in any other way. Litterarum etc. (Pe. de Noxeto. | xxiiii. Ja. de Viterbio. P. de Legendorff.G. Amire.) [In the margin: Fe(bruarii). 2 pp. ✗. See above, f. 241d, and below, f. 284d.]
1450 [rect. 1451]. (fn. 7)
3 Non. Dec.
(3 Dec.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 277.)
To the bishop of London. Mandate to dispense William Saole and Cecily Caudray, of his diocese, to remain in the marriage which they contracted per verba legitime de presenti about eight years ago and consummated, begetting offspring, in ignorance of an impediment of relationship in the second degree of affinity arising from the fact that William had several times committed fornication with a certain Isabella Morton, related to Cecily in the second degree of kindred, and had offspring by her. Penance is first to be imposed on William for the said fornication, and the said and future offspring of the marriage is to be decreed legitimate. Oblate nobis. (Poggius. | xxx. Ja. de Viterbio. A. de Reate.) [In the margin: Fe(bruarii).]
7 Kal. March.
(24 Feb.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 284d.)
To Robert Cady, rector of Line in the diocese of Glasgow. Grant, as below. The pope recently ordered provision to be made to him of a canonry of Glasgow and the prebend of Cardross therein, void by the death of Richard Clephan, whereof, as his recent petition contained, John, bishop of Penne, one of the executors of the said mandate, made to him collation and provision. Seeing that John Donaldi, priest, of the diocese of Dunkeld, to whom the pope also recently granted provision of the same [above, f. 244], has this day resigned to the pope, by his proctor, Alphonso Alvari, archdeacon of Calahorra (Calaguritan.), the said grant (the letters whereof have not been drawn up) and all right in and to the said canonry and prebend, the pope grants to the above Robert (who is an abbreviator of apostolic letters and a subdeacon, and holds the above rectory, value not exceeding 15l. sterling), that the said mandate and collation and provision and their consequences shall hold good from the present date, even if the said canonry and prebend, value not exceeding 15l. sterling, be still void by the said death, or be void by the resignation of the said Richard, or in any other way, etc. Vite etc. (Poggius. | xvi. Ja. de Viterbio. Pe. de Bonitate.) [In the margin. Mar(tii). 2 pp.]
Non. Feb.
(5 Feb.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 307d.)
To Edmund, bishop of Meath. Dispensation, as below. Lately, after the pope had made provision to him of the church of Meath, he granted him to hold therewith for five years in commendam, even after his consecration etc., the parish church of St. Patrick, Trym, in the diocese of Meath, which he was holding at the time of the said provision. At his recent petition—containing that Philip Narreys (rectius Norreys), priest, was presented by king Henry (to whom, in the absence of such commenda, which was then not known in those parts, the presentation belongs) to the said bishop (also ignorant of the pope's said grant) for institution to the said church, as being void by the said promotion, that the bishop instituted him, that in virtue of such presentation and institution Philip obtained and is still in possession, and that the bishop has no hope of recovering from him, on account of the favours which he enjoys, the said church within the said period—the pope hereby dispenses the said bishop, who has been consecrated and is in possession of the rule and administration, to hold in commendam, as above, the said church of Trym, value not exceeding 120 marks sterling, if he obtain it in peace, for five years from the time thereof, and, if he resign it or do not obtain it, to hold any other benefice with or without cure, secular or regular of any order, of any value, even if elective, provided that it be not a claustral office or a conventual priory, even if it be of his collation or presentation, likewise for five years, Personam tuam. (Pe. de Noxeto. | xxx. Ja. de Viterbio.Pe. de Legendorff. G. de Puteo.) [In the margin; Fe(bruarii). 2 pp. See above, f. 174d.]


  • 1. On the back of the volume is the usual red label, with ‘Nicol. V. de Curia. Lib. xiv. Tom. xxxv.’ At the beginning of the volume is preserved the front half of the original sheepskin binding, with the year ‘mccccli' and various contemporary notes, e.g. ‘Canonizatio Sancti Bernardini (the word Bernardini is almost invisible) lxxxix.’ The bull of canonization actually extends from f. 88r to f. 92r, and is dated at Rome, in the Basilica of the Prince of the Apostles, 1450, 9 Kal. June, anno 4. It is printed in Rinaldi, Annales, an. 1450, § 2 from ‘Lib. 23, p. SS,’ i.e. evidently the present Register. The sheepskin is followed by the first paper folio of the volume, with Nicol[a]i V. de Curia. Lib. xiv. Tom. xxxv,’ in the hand of Bissaiga, and the heading ‘Rubricelli [sic] xiiiimt libri de Curia’ in a contemporary hand; following on which are the ‘Rubricelli’ themselves in the same contemporary hand. There are 324 ff. of text.
  • 2. Dudum siquidem videlicet cum tunc presbyter Norwicensis diocesis fores, felicis recordacionis Eugenio pape iiii predecessori nostro pro parte tua exposito quod tu olim in terciodecimo tue etatis anno constitutus, quorumdam fratrum domus Norwicensis ordinis fratrum Carmelitarum suasionibus blandisque verbis inductus, habitum ipsius ordinis susceperas, professione solita per te (nullatenus tamen corde vel intencione gerentem quod alicui propterea velles aut deberes religioni obligari, quin pocius quantocito posses locum in quo tunc eras exires et habitum huiusmodi dimitteres) emissa, quodque, antequam quartusdecimus huiusmodi etatis annus complerctur, per aliquos fratres eiusdem ordinis in certa custodia positus et detentus, locum in quo detinebaris exeundi oportunitatem habere nequiveras, et tandem per aliquos annos quam primum potueras, per te captata oportunitate, necnon habitu et ordine derelictis, ipsum locum exiveras et ad seculum eras reversus, in quo sub timore domini die[s] tuos finire cupiebas, prefatus Eugenius predecessor, tuis in ea parte supplicationibus inclinatus, dilecto filio abbati
  • 3. Here with the spelling ‘Jernemute.’
  • 4. orDoinsete, or de Jusete, or de Nisete, or de Insete, or de Visete. In the Register it is all one word ‘Demsete.’
  • 5. cancellum ciusdem ecclesie in modum capelle redigere.
  • 6. mansione et solo.
  • 7. The date has the year of the Incarnation 1450 and the fifth year of the pontificate, which do not accord. It is assumed above that ‘anno quinto' is correct.