Vatican Regesta 441: 1455-1456

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Calendar of Papal Registers Relating To Great Britain and Ireland: Volume 11, 1455-1464. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1921.

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Vatican Regesta. Vol. CCCCXLI. (fn. 1)

De Curia.

1 Calixtus III.

Prid. Kal. March.
(29 Feb.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 21d.)
To Antonius Ferrarii, precentor of Barcelona, nuncio of the pope and the apostolic see. Faculty to him, who is also a continual commensal member of the pope's household, and whom the pope is at present sending, on business concerning the expedition against the Turks, (fn. 2) to the provinces of Mayence, Treves, Cologne etc., to compel all nuncios of the apostolic see and collectors of the camera in those parts to exhibit their accounts, and to exact and receive all moneys collected by them, etc., give receipts, etc. Cum nos te (M. Ferrarii. | S. de Spada. de Curia.). [1¼ pp.]
(f. 22d.)
To the same. The like faculty to him, whom the pope is at present sending, as in the preceding, to the realm of England. Cum nos te. (Registered very briefly:—‘Calistus etc., dilecto filio Antonio etc. ut supra. Cum nos te qui etiam etc. ad regnum Anglie presentialiter destinemus, discretioni tue universos et singulos etc. ut supra de verbo ad verbum, solum mutato nomine loci, sub data Rome …’).
6 Kal. March.
(25 Feb.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 22d.)
To all etc. Requesting safe-conduct for the above Antonius Ferrarii, who is about to betake himself by the pope's order to divers parts of the world on business of the pope and the Roman church, especially to certain Christian princes in order to seek their help in favour of the Christian religion against the attacks of the Turks; and for his companions to the number of ten. Cum dilectus filius. (M. Ferrarii. D. de Luca. de Curia.) [¼ p. Registered briefly.]
11 Kal. March.
(20 Feb.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 65.)
To the abbot of Bangor (de Bangorio) in the diocese of of Down (Dunen.) Mandate (the pope having been informed by John Macassyn, rector of the parish church of Arkyn in the diocese of Down, that Simon Sumerset, archdeacon of St. Kelanus's de Kaylleleych (rectius Kayllcleyth) in the church of Down, has committed simony and perjury, and is an open and notorious fornicator, has shown himself very negligent and remiss in the exercise of the jurisdiction pertaining to the said archdeaconry, especially in marriage cases, and is on account of his evident ignorance very useless for such exercise, (fn. 3) to the shame of the clerical order) if and after the said John (who has for about eight years studied in canon law, and was lately dispensed by papal authority on account of illegitimacy as the son of a clerk and an unmarried woman to be promoted to all even holy orders and hold a benefice even with cure, after which he had himself so promoted and obtained the said rectory) accuses Simon before the above abbot, to summon Simon, and if he find the foregoing to be true, to deprive and remove him, and in that event to collate and assign the said archdeaconry, a non-major non-elective dignity, value not exceeding 6 marks sterling, whether it become void by such deprivation and removal, or be void by the death of William Prinn or in any other way, to the said John, whom the pope hereby dispenses, notwithstanding the said defect etc., to receive it and to retain it for life together with the said rectory, value not exceeding 4 marks sterling, and to resign them, simply or for exchange, as often as he pleases, and hold instead two other incompatible benefices, provided that they be not two parish churches or perpetual vicarages or major or principal dignities, or one of each. Dignum arbitramur. (M. Ferrarii. P. Fidelis. S. Crusiliati. Jo. de Collis.) [In the margin: Martii. 31/5 pp.]
Prid. Kal. Feb.
(31 Jan.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 68.)
To Richard Forbes, dean of Aberdeen, bachelor of canon law. Collation etc., as below. After the pope's late general reservation of all benefices void or to become void by papal promotions to cathedral churches, he granted in commendam for life to Andrew Stewart, clerk, of the diocese of St. Andrews, the deanery of Aberdeen, which is elective and which was expected to become void by the provision which the pope intended to make to Andrew, [now] elect of Glasgow, of that church, and by the consecration which was to be administered to him. Afterwards the said Andrew Stewart, in virtue of the said commenda, obtained possession of the deanery (upon its becoming void by the said Andrew elect's obtaining, after the pope's said provision to him, possession of the rule and administration of the said church) and held it for some time; and subsequently, upon the expiration of the said commenda (by the said Andrew Stewart's resignation, made to Ingram bishop of Aberdeen by Thomas Edename, a canon of Aberdeen, who was substituted as proctor by the said Andrew Stewart's proctor, James king of Scots (fn. 4) ), the chapter of Aberdeen, to whom when there are no papal reservations the election belongs, elected, perhaps in ignorance of the said reservation, the above Richard, then a canon of Aberdeen, who consented thereto. The said election being without force, and the deanery being still void as above and still reserved, the pope hereby makes collation and provision to Richard of the said deanery, a major dignity with cure, value not exceeding 50l. sterling; with mandate executory hereby to the bishops of St. Andrews and Moray and the official of Aberdeen to induct him, first receiving from him the usual oath of fealty according to the form appended. Litterarum sciencia, vite etc. (M. Ferrarii. l. Fidelis. Julius.) [In the margin: Marcii. 3 pp. Theiner, Vet. Mon. Hib. et Scot. Hist. Illust., pp. 398–399, No. 775, from ‘Reg. de Curia, Tom. vi., fol. 68,’ i.e. the present Register.]
18 Kal. Feb.
(15 Jan.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 130d.)
To John Donaldi, chancellor of Dunkeld, bachelor of canon law. Reservation etc., as below. His recent petition contained that collation and provision of a canonry of Glasgow and the prebend called Cardros therein were, on their voidance by the death of Richard Clepham, made to him and to Robert Turnbur (sic), clerk, of the diocese of Glasgow, by papal and ordinary authority respectively; that Robert took possession in virtue of the collation and provision made to him, and prevented the collation and provision made to John from taking effect; that he and Robert, in order to avoid litigation, made, by the intervention of common friends, an agreement whereby John should give up all right in or to the said canonry and prebend and Robert should consent to the reservation by the apostolic see of a yearly pension to John upon the fruits etc. thereof. At the said petition, adding that John, in obedience to the said agreement, gave up before notary public and witnesses the said right, and that Robert is ready to carry out his promise, the pope hereby reserves and assigns to John a yearly pension for life of 20 marks of the money of Scotland, which do not exceed 5l. sterling, upon the said fruits etc., to be paid by Robert, who has consented, and by his successors, under the usual penalties; with mandate executory hereby to the bishops of Spoleto and Glasgow and the abbot of Paisley (de Pasleto) in the diocese of Glasgow. Litterarum sciencia, vite etc. (M. Ferrarii. | xxx. Fidelis. T. de Treuio.) [In the margin: Februarii. 3½ pp.]
Prid. Id. Feb.
(12 Feb.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 158d.)
To David Ogilwy, chancellor of Brechin, licentiate in laws. Reservation to the pope's gift, for collation to him, who is also M.A., is by both parents of noble baronial race, and is a licentiate in laws by examination, of a canonry of Glasgow and the prebend called Casseltaris therein, value not exceeding 9l. sterling, which are to become void by the resignation of James Inglys, canon of Glasgow, to be made, as the pope has required and as James has himself offered, upon his obtaining possession of the deanery of that church, provision of which the pope has this day ordered to be made to him; with mandate executory hereby to the bishops of St. Andrews, Oloron and Brechin. Nobilitas generis, litterarum etc. (M. Ferrarii. xxvi. Fidelis. Julius.) [In the margin: Marcii. 24/5 pp.]
4 Kal. Feb.
(29 Jan.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 196d.) (fn. 5)
To the prior of St. Mary's, Doren, in the diocese of Elphin, and Charles Magoreactayd and Eugenius (fn. 6) Oconeil, canons of Elphin. Mandate to make provision to Maurus Macinfirmanaig, priest, of the diocese of Elphin, of a canonry of Elphin, in which there is not a fixed number of canons, and to collate and assign to him the parcels of tithes, value not exceeding 8 marks sterling, in the cantred of Corka Achland, of the parish churches of Lysondubtarg (rectius Lysondubtaig) and Cloynnacailltrach, in the said diocese, in rural fee, and within the parish of Bonnlynd, called [the parcels] of Lisiuaidin and Urnaigi, (fn. 7) which belong to the chapter or community of the church of Elphin, and have been wont to be held by one of the canons of that church as a title of a perpetual benefice without cure, at present void, and so long void that there is no certain knowledge of the last mode of voidance and that its collation has lapsed by the Lateran statutes to the apostolic see; notwithstanding that the pope has this day granted him provision of the perpetual vicarage of Cluoynsunilolcha (rectius Cluoynfinnlocha) in the said diocese, value likewise not exceeding 8 marks sterling. Vite etc. (Rinucius. | xvi. Residuum pro deo pro medietate: juravit. Fidelis. S. de Crusiliati. T. de Castello.) [In the margin:Februarii. 2¾ pp.]
10 Kal. Jan.
(23 Dec.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 277.)
To Richard Oldon, (fn. 8) abbot of the Benedictine monastery of St. Werburgh, Chester, in the diocese of Coventry and Lichfield, immediately belonging to the Roman church. Approbation and confirmation, at his recent petition (containing that formerly the convent, on voidance by the death of John Salghall’, elected him, then claustral prior, and a professed monk of the order, to be abbot; and adding that he, who has been greatly commended by letters of Henry king of England, cannot exercise the administration in spirituals and temporals without papal confirmation of his election), of the said election, the pope hereby appointing him abbot (teque preficimus in abbatem) and committing to him the rule and administration. Inter solicitudines.
Concurrent letters to the bishop of Pavia and Vincent Clementis, a canon and provost of the church of Valencia (Valentin.), a subdeacon of the pope and papal collector and nuncio in the province of England, ordering them to induct the said Richard Oldom, etc.—Hodie monasterio Sancte Werburge; to the convent and to the vassals of the monastery —Hodie etc.; to Henry king of England—Gratie divine; and to Richard Oldom, abbot etc. as above, granting him faculty to be blessed by any catholic bishop, who shall receive from him the usual oath of fealty, and send it to the pope by Richard's letters patent sealed with his seal (fn. 9)Cum nos hodie. (M. Ferrarii. xvi. xvi. xvi. xvi. xvi. xvi. Fidelis. Jo. de Vulterris.) [In the margin: Martii. 4⅓ pp.]


  • 1. Volumus autem quod idem antistes qui tibi prefatum munus impendet postquam illud tibi impenderit a te nostro et Romane ecclesie nomine fidelitatis debite solitum recipiat juramentum juxta formam quam sub bulla nostra mittimus interclusam. Formam autem juramenti quod te prestare contigerit nobis de verbo ad verbum per tuas patentes patentes litteras tuo sigillo signatas per proprium nuntium quantocius destinare procures.
  • 2. On the back of the volume is the usual modern label, with ‘Calix iii. de Cur. Anno i. Tom. vi.’ Inside is the usual front half of the original sheepskin binding, with various contemporary notes, e.g. ‘Vidit Ph. (or Phi.)’, ‘R(ecipe) Brune’ (?), the year ‘mcccclvi. anno primo,’ ‘excommunicatio die Jovis sene (i.e. cene [domini]) [fo.] ccii,’ etc. On a flyleaf is the following inscription: ‘Liber vi. litterarum anni i. Calixti iii. P. M. in secretiori apostolico vaticano archivo olim asservatus et temporum iniuria deperditus, curante eminentissimo Cavalchino S. R. E. presbytero cardinali iterum in pristinum locum est revocatus, anno jubilei mdccl, Benedicto xiiii. Pont. Max., et Josepho comite Garampio Sanctae Ariminen. ecclesiae presbytero eidem archivo præfecto.’ The ‘Rubricelle’ follow, extending over 7½ folios, and headed ‘Secuuntur Rubricelle vi libri de Curia sanctissimi in Christo patris et domini nostri domini Calisti divina providentia pape tertii anno primo, incepte de mense Februarii mcccclvi.’ There are ff. i.–cclxxxvii. of text.
  • 3. pro certis negotiis que sanctum expeditionis opus contra crucis domini nostri Jesu Christi inimicum Thurcorum dominum concernunt.
  • 4. ac circa cure iurisdiccionalis archidiaconatui sancti Kelani de Kaylleleych in dicta ecclesia Dunensi quem obtinet, presertim causis matrimonialibus, imminentis exercicium plurimum se negligentem et remissum exhibere non erubuit, et ad exercicium huiusmodi propter evidentem quem patitur sciencie defectum admodum inutilis fore noscitur.
  • 5. ex eo quod dictus Andreas Stewart illi [commende] per dilectum filium Thomam Edename (‘Edentane’ in Theiner) canonicum Aberdonensem procuratorem substitutum a (‘ac’ in Theiner) carissimo in Christo filio nostro Jacobo Scotorum rege illustri, ad hoc a dicto Andrea Stewart procuratore specialiter constituto, in manibus venerabilis fratris nostri Ingerami episcopi Aberdonensis extra Romanam curiam sponte et libere cesserat, cessante penitus et expirante
  • 6. On ff. 202d–204r, under date St. Peter's, Rome, 1456, 8 Kal. April (25 March) anno 1, is the usual bull of excommunication in Cena Domini, described in the Rubricelle as the ‘Excommunicatio lata in die Jovis Sancta.’ Amongst the heretics excommunicated generally are as usual the ‘Wiclefiste’ and their abettors.
  • 7. ’Magoreactaydac (sic) ac Eugenio Oconeil.’
  • 8. quedam particule decimarum in candreda de Corka Achland parrochialium ecclesiarum (the word ‘ecclesiarum’ is perhaps cancelled) predicte diocesis in feodo rurali de Lysondubtarg et de Cloynnacailltrach ac infra parrochiam parrochialis ecclesie de Bonnlynd de Lisiuaidin et de Urnaigi nuncupate.
  • 9. Monasticon, II, p. 375, has ‘Oldon, or Oldham’; Ormerod, Hist. Cheshire, 1st ed. I, p. 215, has ‘Oldham.’