Vatican Regesta 420: 1451-1452

Pages 234-236

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 CCCCXX. (fn. 1)

De Curia.

5 Nicholas V.

Prid. Id. Feb.
(12 Feb.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 54d.)
To Cornelius, bishop of Achonry (Akaden.). Absolution etc., as below. The present pope lately made him provision of the church of Achonry, on its voidance by the death of Thady without the Roman court, after which, as his recent petition contained, he had himself consecrated in the said court, obtained possession of the said church in virtue of the said provision, has laudably ruled it for more than a year and has striven to recover its goods, but certain laymen and clerks, whom he has tried to compel to restore divers of its goods and rights, have, in order to remain in occupation of the said goods, objected that he is not the canonical bishop, and cannot therefore demand them back, especially because in the said letters of provision there is no mention of the provision made by Eugenius IV to [the late] James [Cal. Lett., IX, p. 299], and of the fact that bishop James, after such provision, absented himself for more than eight years, and was ignorant of the language spoken in the city and diocese, although the said absence and ignorance were mentioned in the report made to the pope, on the occasion of bishop Cornelius's promotion, by John, cardinal priest of St. Pudenziana's: wherefore he fears lest, by reason of his having obtained possession of the said church etc. and acted as bishop, conferring orders etc., he has incurred sentences of excommunication, suspension and interdict, and become disabled to hold the said church. The pope therefore absolves him ad cautelam from all such sentences etc., dispenses him on account of irregularity, rehabilitates him, and grants that the said letters of provision and their consequences hold good, as if the said mention of bishop James etc. had been made, and makes provision to him anew of the said church, whether it became void as above, or by the death of the said Thady or James, or in any other way. Personam tuam. (A. de Florentia. | xxxv. Ja. de Viterbio. C. de Branis [or Brauis].) [In the margin: Fe(bruarii). 2 pp.]

1 Nicholas V.

1447. (fn. 1)
18 Kal. July.
(14 June.)
[St. Peter's, Rome.]
(f. 238.)
To John Fresall, priest, of the diocese of St. Andrews.Motu proprio reservation to him, who is of noble birth and secretary of William, earl of Douglas, of one or two benefices wont to be assigned to secular clerks, even if one of them have cure or be a dignity etc., provided that such dignity be not major or principal, value not exceeding, if a benefice with cure or a dignity etc. 25 marks of silver, if not, 18, in the collation etc. of the bishop and the prior and chapter of St. Andrews and the bishops of Aberdeen and Brechin.Nobilitas generis, vite etc.
Concurrent mandate to the bishop of Spoleto and the archdeacons of Aberdeen and Brechin. Hodie specialem dilecto. (Poggius. | xiiii. xii. G. de Puteo. Ja. Bouron.Pe. de Bonitate.) [In the margin: Apri(lis). 3¾ pp.]

5 Nicholas V.

13 Kal. May.
(19 April.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 284.)
To the members of the confraternity or gild instituted in honour of St. Mary in the church of St. Botulph in the town of Boston in the diocese of Lincoln. Indult that the confessor or confessors whom they and those of either sex who enter the said confraternity within the next five years shall choose, secular or regular, may, after hearing their confessions, grant them absolution, even in reserved cases, once only during the said five years, and in non-reserved cases in perpetuity as often as opportune, enjoin penance, and grant them, being penitent and having confessed, plenary remission of all their sins in the hour of death. Benigno sunt. (Pe. de Noxeto. | lx. Ja. de Viterbio. P de Legendorff. G. de Puteo.) [In the margin: Mar(tii).]


  • 1. On the back of the volume is the usual red label, with ‘Nicol. V. de Curia.Lib. xv. To. xxxvi.’ The usual sheepskin piece of binding is wanting. A paper flyleat has, in the hand of Giovanni Bissaiga, ‘Nicolai V. de Curia.Liber xv. Tom. xxxvi.’ The rubricelle follow, headed ‘Secuntur Rubricelli [sic] bullarum sive nominum (this word is ill written) quintidecimi libri de curia sanctissimi domini nostri domini Nicolai pape quinti, incepti die decimanona mensis Marcii mcccclii pontificatus domini nostri domini Nicolai pape quinti prefati anno sexto, after which comes the text, ff. 292.
  • 2. Datummillesimo quadringentesimo quadr[ag]esimo septimo, decimo octavo Kal. Julii. … anno primo. The rest of the Register belongs almost entirely to the years 5 and 6.