Lateran Regesta 464: 1450

Pages 497-501

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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Lateran Regesta. Vol. CCCCLXIV (fn. 1).

4 Nicholas V.

De Regularibus.

Kal. Oct.
Kal. Oct.
(1 Oct.)
(f. 53d.)
To the dean of Elphin, Cristin Maccrian, canon, and the official of the same. Mandate to cause Dermit Macgilkuaig (sic), clerk, of the diocese of Elphin (who was lately dispensed by authority of the ordinary, being the son of a priest and an unmarried woman, to be promoted to minor orders and hold a benefice without cure, after which he was made a clerk) to be received as a canon of the Augustinian monastery of St. Mary, Roscomain, in the said diocese, in which is not a fixed number of canons [and to receive his profession]. Cupientibus vitam. (A. and Nicasius. | A. xvi. de Feletis.) [1 p.]
(f. 55d.)
To the bishops of Ossory and Leighlin, and the abbot of Leix (de Lege dei) in the diocese of Leighlin. Mandate, as below. The recent petition of the abbot and convent of the Cistercian monastery of St. Mary, Graiguenamanagh (de Valle Sancti Salvatoris de Dewysk, rectius Dowysk), in the diocese of Ossory, contained that James, earl of Ormonde (Ormonie), Edmund and Robert his brothers, and Donatus Macmurchw, Donald Ouan (or Orian), Thady Magillapadraich and Donald Kemanach, and certain other clerks and laymen, of the dioceses of Ossory and Leighlin, more cruel than Pharaoh who, although he had not knowledge of the law, nevertheless left the priests and their possessions in their pristine liberty, do not fear to subjugate the said monastery to their jurisdiction and temporal rule as if it were their own patrimony, [compel] the abbot and convent and monastery to give and pay to them feudal dues, stipends, tallages, commons, private subsidies, collections, protection money, compel the men and subjects thereof [to go] to wars at their own expense, and to give and pay fines and many other (or ‘and other penalties’) exactions and servitudes which they have been wont to exact and receive from their own lay subjects, and to undergo all other lay burdens, and otherwise fear not to afflict the said monastery and its subjects with divers vexations, and to impose the same upon them (fn. 2), thereby incurring sentences etc.; by reason of which things all the buildings of the monastery are threatened with ruin. The pope therefore orders the above bishops and abbot to summon the said earl and the said others, and all others concerned, and if they find the above to be true, to monish and require the said James, Edmund, Donald, Donatus, Thady, and all the others above named, and their accomplices and abettors utterly to desist from the foregoing and from all other grievances, allow the said abbot, convent, monastery and subjects freely to enjoy their liberty and all their privileges, wholly restore to the abbot, convent and monastery within a certain term all things which contrary to ecclesiastical liberty and the privileges of the said monastery they have extorted, and make a settlement thereabout and thereon with the abbot and convent, under pain of aggravation of excommunication, and also under pain of pecuniary and other penalties which they shall the more fear (fn. 3); and if they neglect to obey the said monitions etc. to declare those who do not obey to have fallen under the said sentences etc., aggravating the processes as often as expedient, and invoking if necessary the aid of the secular arm. If they find that such processes and monitions and the needful citations cannot be safely published to the earl and others aforesaid, they shall as often as necessary publish them by public edict affixed in public places near those parts, in such wise that they may probably come to the knowledge of the said earl and others etc., which processes, monitions and citations shall be as binding as if served in person. Ex debito pastoralis. (A. and A. de Cortesiis. | A. xviii. [cf. below, f. 58d.] de Feletis.) [2½ pp.]

4 Nicholas V.

12 Kal. Sept.
(21 Aug.)
(f. 58d.)
To the abbot of Corcomroe (de Petra fertuli, rectius de Petra fertili) in the diocese of Kilfenora (Fineboren.), and the dean and precentor (cantori) of Kilfenora. Mandate, at the recent petition of the abbot and convent of the Cistercian monastery of St. Mary de Kyreleysoyn in the diocese of Ardfert, containing that James de Geraldinis, earl of Desmond (Detimonie, rectius Decimonie, i.e. Desimonie) and Patrick Fitzmoris, captain of his nation, and certain other laymen of the said diocese, more cruel as above, f. 55d, as far as the end, mutatis mutandis. Ex debito pastoralis. (A. and M. Amici | A. xvi. [cf. ibid.]. de Feletis.) 22/3 pp.]
9 Kal. May.
(23 April.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 102d.)
To Elizabeth Rillum, a nun of the [Cistercian] monastery of Ekyngton [sic] in the diocese of York. Dispensation to receive and hold any office or dignity or administration, even elective, wont to be governed by nuns of the said monastery, even if such dignities be abbatial or conventual; notwithstanding her illegitimacy as the daughter of unmarried parents. Religionis etc. (P. and M. Amici. | P xxxv. de Varris.) [1 p.]
3 Non. Nov.
(3 Nov.)
S. Maria Maggiore, Rome.
(f. 157d.)
To the bishops of Spoleto and Dunkeld, and the abbot of Cambuskeneth in the diocese of St. Andrews. Mandate to collate and assign to William Bassinden, a canon of the Augustinian monastery of Inchaffray (Insula Missarum) in the diocese of Dunkeld, the perpetual vicarage of the parish church of Lyff, of the said order (fn. 4), in the diocese of St. Andrews, which depends on the monastery of Scone, of the said order and diocese, and has been wont to be governed by canons thereof, value not exceeding 4l. sterling, void by the death of Thomas Gardener, translating the said William, as soon as he obtains possession of the vicarage, from Inchaffray to Scone, and causing him to be received as a canon thereof. Religionis etc. (P. and G. Gonne. | P. xxiiii. Undecimo Kal. Decembris Anno Quarto. de Varris.) [2½ pp.]
18 Kal. Dec.
(14 Nov.)
S. Maria Maggiore, Rome.
(f. 161.)
To the bishop of Glasgow. Mandate, as below. The recent petition of George Gardenar, an Augustinian canon professed of St. Michael's, Scone, in the diocese of St. Andrews, contained that formerly, after he had been canonically elected abbot of the said monastery, then void, by the convent thereof and had been confirmed by authority of the ordinary, and in virtue of the election and confirmation had obtained possession of the rule and administration of the monastery, and had governed it laudably for some time, James, bishop [now] of St. Andrews, then of Dunkeld (who had obtained a grant in commendam by Eugenius IV, or by authority of his letters, of the said monastery, as being still void as above), in virtue of the letters of commenda ejected George from the monastery and from possession of its rule and administration, intruded himself and retained it for several years; that afterwards when George, with support of the royal and otherwise of the secular arm, seizing an opportunity (fn. 5), had recovered the said possession and had remained in possession for some time and was remaining therein, as true abbot, the said bishop, alleging himself to have therefore been and to be despoiled by George of the said commenda and monastery, excommunicated him by his ordinary authority, and under pretext of the said letters of commenda and of the processes taken in the matter thereof, caused him to be excommunicated and otherwise declared to have fallen under the sentences, censures and pains contained in the said letters and processes, and caused him to be publicly proclaimed excommunicate; that George, believing it was lawful for him to do so, and that he had a good right in the monastery, sustained in defence of the said right, although not with a hardened heart, the said sentence of excommunication and other sentences and censures for more than a year; that afterwards he and the bishop, at the intervention of common friends, made an amicable agreement whereby George utterly released and gave up to the bishop possession of the monastery, and the bishop with consent of the convent assigned to George for life a yearly pension of 17l. sterling or thereabouts on the fruits etc. of the monastery, whose value does not exceed 200l. sterling, to be paid by the said bishop and his successors, abbots of the said monastery, at the same time ordering and causing George to be absolved from the said sentence of excommunication and other sentences and censures. At George's said petition and that of the university of St. Andrews, of which he is a suppôt (fn. 6), the pope hereby orders the above bishop of Glasgow to summon the said bishop and others concerned, and if he find the facts to be as stated, to absolve George from the said sentence of excommunication and other sentences, censures and pains, enjoining penance, dispense him on account of irregularity if any, contracted by celebrating masses and other divine offices etc., rehabilitate him, and confirm the said agreement and assignment of a pension. Ex iniuncto nobis. (O. and Ja. de Vicencia. | O. xxx. Pontanus.) [3 pp.] See Cal. Papal Lett., VIII, pp. 270 and 303.
Prid. Id. Dec.
(12 Dec.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 170d.)
To Thomas Haddeley, an Augustinian canon of St. Mary's, Lilshull, in the diocese of Coventry and Lichfield. Dispensation to hold any benefice with or without cure, wont to be held by secular clerks, even if a parish church etc., and to resign it as often as he pleases. Religionis etc. (P. and A. de Cortesiis. | P xxviii. de Varris.) [1 p.]
4 Kal. Dec.
(28 Nov.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 171.)
To the abbot of Dumfermlin in the diocese of St. Andrews. Mandate, at the recent petition of the abbot and convent of the Cistercian monastery of Meluos (rectius Melros) in the diocese of Glasgow (containing that the monastery, which is situate on the borders of the realm of Scotland near the realm of England, is on account of the wars which have very much afflicted those parts so much diminished in its rents that the abbot and convent cannot therewith be well maintained and bear their burdens), if he find the facts to be as stated, to appropriate to the monastery in perpetuity the hospital of Soltra in the diocese of St. Andrews, of the patronage of James, king of Scots, value not exceeding 50l. sterling, that of the monastery not exceeding 300l. sterling; so that on the death or resignation of the rector they may take possession of the hospital, maintaining decent and wonted hospitality therein etc. Apostolice servitutis officium. (P and A. de Cortesiis. | P. xxx. de Varris.) [ 2½ pp.]


  • 1. On the back of the volume is the usual modern label, in Italian: ‘Nicolò V. 1450. Anno 4. Lib. 2.’ There is no contemporary flyleaf, but the usual contemporary description occurs on the bottom edge of the volume: ’Secundus de regularibus et prebendis vacantibus anno iiiio. domini nostri domini Nicolay pape quinti.’ The text comprises ff. 1–315.
  • 2. …. Pharaone, qui licet legis notitiam non habuerit (rectius ‘haberet,’ as in the corresponding passage below, f. 58d) tamen sacerdotes et possessiones eorum in pristina libertate dimisit. crudeliores effecti monasterium ipsum sub districtu et temporali corum regimine tanquam proprium matrimonium (rectius ‘patrimonium,’ as in the passage referred to, below, f. 58d) subiugare, ipsosque abbatem et conventum ac mon (asterium) bannagia stipendia talias distributiones purata (rectius ‘priuata,’ as in the same corresponding passage) subsidia commde (sic) collectas, homines et subditos eorum propriis sumptibus et expensis ad guerras, et lustra et alias multas exactiones et servitutes, quas a suis subditis secularibus exigere et recipere consueverunt, eisdem dare et solvere ac omnia alia laicalia opera (rectius ‘onera,’ as in the same corresponding passage) subire [cogere], aliasque dictum mon(asterium) et subditos suos pluribus angariis affligere ac ea eisdem imponere non formidant.
  • 3. sub excommunicationis aggravationis ac (‘et’ in the above mentioned corresponding passage) etiam sub pecuniis (rectius pecuniariis, as in the same corresponding passage) et aliis quas magis timebunt penis.
  • 4. perpetua vicaria parrochialis ecclesie de Luff dicti ordinis Sanctiandree diocesis; cf. below, Reg. Lat. CCCCLXV, f. 137.
  • 5. etiam regali et alias seculari brachio suffultus captata temporis opportunitate.
  • 6. pro codem Georgio supp(osi) to suo.