Lateran Regesta 527: 1457

Pages 325-331

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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Lateran Regesta, Vol. DXXVII. (fn. 1)

3 Calixtus III.

De Diversis [Formis].

4 Id. Nov.
(10 Nov.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 14.)
To John prior of St. Mary's, Inishmurray (de Insula Murybay [sic]), in the diocese of Elphin, residing in the diocese of Winchester, and the official of Winchester. Mandate to grant licence and faculty to the parishioners of the parish church of the place of Rumusey in the diocese of Winchester, which church is united to the monastery of nuns of the said place, and is governed by a vicar, to appoint therein another chaplain, a priest, who shall minister to them masses and other divine offices and ecclesiastical sacraments as often as opportune, augment the bells of the said church or make larger ones than those now therein, which, the parish being large, cannot be easily heard by all the parishioners, have a clock to tell the hours, (fn. 2) and, after the manner of other places of those parts, go in procession through the fields and other common places at the Ember seasons along with the said vicar and chaplain; without prejudice to the abbess and convent of the said monastery and to the said vicar. They shall be bound, as they have offered, to provide for the needs of the said chaplain. Piis votis. (P. and A. de Amelia. | P. xvi. de Varris.) [1¼ pp.]
16 Kal. Jan.
(17 Dec.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 22.)
To the prior of St. Mary's, Inishmurray (de Insula Muribay [sic]), in the diocese of Elphin, residing in the diocese of Winchester. Mandate, as below. The recent petition of the parishioners of the parochial chapel of St. Mary, in the place of Wihitewill in the diocese of Winchester, contained that fruits etc. of the annual value of 8 marks sterling were formerly given in perpetuity by the then temporal lord of the said place to the rector of the parish church of Gattecombe in the said diocese, on condition that he should celebrate masses in the said chapel three days a week, keep its main chancel in repair, and bear certain other burdens, all which can easily be done out of the said fruits etc., failing which the said donation should be held void; and that the rectors of the said church have carried out the said obligations until the present rector, who refuses to do so. At the said petition (adding that the said chapel is about two miles distant from the parish church of Godsehill in the said diocese, within the bounds of whose parish the said chapel and its parish are situate, (fn. 3) and the cure of souls of whose parishioners has been wont to be exercised by the perpetual vicar of the said church of Godsehill; and that although the said parishioners of the said chapel receive the sacraments from the said chapel, and although their children are baptised therein, nevertheless they have no burial there, and that at times the carrying of the bodies of the parishoners of the said chapel to the said church of Godsehill is attended with danger etc.; and alleging that the vicar of Godsehyll has consented) the pope hereby orders the above prior to summon the said rector and vicar and others concerned, and if he find the foregoing to be true, to compel the said rector to cause such masses to be celebrated and the chancel repaired, and to bear the said other burdens, orders him to decide what is just in regard to the said fruits, causing his decision to be observed by ecclesiastical censure, and to grant that the said parishioners may have a cemetery at the said chapel, and have their dead buried therein. Ea devotorum vota. (P. and Ernestus. | P. xxx. de Varris.) [3 pp.]
10 Kal. Oct.
(22 Sept.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 32.)
To Mark, bishop of Orvieto, residing in the Roman court. Mandate, as below. Nicholas V made provision to Gillacius Okeyt, dean of Lismore, then holding that deanery, a major dignity, of the perpetual vicarage of Gari in the diocese of Limerick, void at the apostolic see, and therefore reserved, by the death there of Malachy Iconduff, and dispensed him to receive it and to retain for life therewith the said deanery if he won it and obtained peaceable possession. (fn. 4) The recent petition of the said Gillacius to the present pope contained that he afterwards, in virtue of the said provision, caused William Torger, clerk, then intruded in the said vicarage, to be required by one of the executors of the said provision to admit Gillacius to peaceable possession, wherefore the said William appealed to the apostolic see; that the said pope Nicholas, at William's instance, committed the cause of the appeal to William, [now] bishop, then elect of Oloron, and holding the place of a papal auditor, who gave an unjust definitive sentence by which he adjudged the vicarage to William and imposed perpetual silence on Gillacius, which sentence became a res judicata, in virtue of which, and of the letters executorial, Gillacius was required by a certain executor or his sub-executor to obey the said sentence and letters executorial, but, relying on his good right and the fact that the vicarage had become void at the said see, that provision thereof had been made to him, and that William had been intruded therein, refused to obey the same, not in contempt of the said see, but in order that the truth might shine forth, on account of which disobedience he was by the said executor or sub-executor excommunicated and publicly proclaimed excommunicate, lying under which sentence he, trusting in his good right as above, for more than a year but less than five years celebrated masses and other divine offices, and took part therein, but not in contempt of the Keys; that subsequently Gillacius and William came to an agreement whereby, submitting their titles in the said vicarage to John bishop of Limerick, they gave him full power to declare which was the better title and to arrange about the costs, (fn. 5) and that the said bishop ordained that William should pay to Gillacius a sum of money, which was done, and that Gillacius should not thenceforth molest William in regard to the vicarage, to which for the sake of peace Gillacius consented; and that, although Gillacius could perhaps receive the said sum of money for the costs of the cause, and lately gave Richard Pursell, clerk, of the diocese of Limerick, a sum of money in order to buy off his vexations in regard to the deanery of Lismore, nevertheless he doubts, after the manner of good minds, whether he has incurred simony and the sentences of excommunication etc. therefor. (fn. 6) The pope therefore orders the above bishop to absolve Gillacius from the said sentences etc., enjoining penance, dispense him on account of irregularity contracted, if any, dispense him to minister in his orders and retain the said deanery and the parcel, which he also holds, of Cnokmohan in the said diocese of Lismore [values not here expressed], wont to be collated as a title of a perpetual benefice, and rehabilitate him. The pope further dispenses him to receive and retain for life with the said deanery, in the stead of the said vicarage, any other benefice with cure or otherwise incompatible, even if a parish church or its perpetual vicarage, or a dignity etc. and to resign them, simply or for exchange, as often as he pleases, provided that he do not hold two parish churches or their perpetual vicarages, nor such mixed. Solet sedis apostolice. (C. and H. Masheim. | C. lx. de Montepolitiano.) [5½ pp. See Cal. Papal Lett., Vol. X, pp. 458, 573, 574 and 717.]
3 Non. Oct.
(5 Oct.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 36.)
To Robert, sometime bishop of Ferns. Reservation and assignment (seeing that he has this day through Thomas Hope, rector of Brompton Raaf in the diocese of Bath and Wells, substituted by John, [now] elect of Ferns, then archdeacon of Lismore, the above Robert's proctor, resigned to the pope the said church of Ferns, and that the pope has made provision thereof to the said John [above, Reg. Lat., DXXV, f. 320]), of a yearly pension for life of 40 marks sterling of silver upon the fruits etc. of the said church, to be paid by the said John and his successors, half at Christmas, half at the Nativity of St. John Baptist, etc. Personam tuam.
Concurrent mandate to the bishops of Lismore and Waterford and Ossory. Hodie venerabili fratri Roderico [sic]. (C. and A. de Cortesiis. A. de Amelia. | C. xiiii (?) (fn. 7). xvi. de Montepolitiano.) [3¾ pp.]
14 Kal. July.
(18 June.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 109d.)
To William Lyndesay, a canon of Aberdeen. Grant, as below. The pope lately made him collation and provision of a canonry of Aberdeen, with reservation of a prebend and dignity etc. and also reservation of a benefice with or without cure wont to be assigned to secular clerks in the collation etc. of the abbot and convent of Aberbroth, O.S.B., in the diocese of St. Andrews, even if a prebend, dignity etc. in a collegiate church, and even if such dignity etc. were elective and had cure, provided that no one of such dignities were major in the church of Aberdeen or principal in a collegiate church, the pope's letters stating that he had been dispensed by papal authority, on account of illegitimacy as the son of a priest and an unmarried woman, first to be promoted to all [even holy] orders and hold a benefice even with cure, afterwards to hold a second benefice, and subsequently any benefices of any number and kind with and without cure, compatible with one another, even if canonries and prebends, dignities etc. in cathedral even metropolitan or collegiate churches, provided that such dignities were not major or principal accordingly. At his recent petition, containing that he had not yet been so dispensed at the date of the said letters, but afterwards, wherefore he doubts whether they hold good and whether they may not be attacked as being surreptitious, the pope hereby grants that they and their consequences shall hold good as if at the date thereof he had been dispensed as above. Vite etc. (P. and A. de Amelia. | P. xxii. Quinto Id. Julii Anno Tertio. de Varris.) [2⅓ pp. See above, p. 300.]
8 Kal. Nov.
(25 Oct.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 124d.)
To John Crosby, clerk, of the diocese of Carlisle. Dispensation on account of illegitimacy as the son of a priest and an unmarried woman (notwithstanding which he has been made a clerk) to be promoted to all even holy orders and receive and retain three compatible benefices with or without cure, even if they be canonries and prebends etc., or one of them a parish church or its perpetual vicarage, or a chaplaincy or hospital, and to resign them, simply or for exchange, as often as he pleases. Vite etc. (P. and A. de Amelia. | P. xvi. de Varris.) [1 p.]
(f. 125.)
To Thomas Normyngton, clerk, of the diocese of Chichester. The like. Vite etc. (P. and Ja. Brigneti. | P. xvi. de Varris.) [1 p.]
3 Non. Dec.
(3 Dec.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 138.)
To the bishop of Glasgow. Mandate at the petition of Robert Crecheon (? rectius Crechton), layman, and Cristiana Ersken, of his diocese (containing that they formerly contracted marriage and had offspring, not in ignorance that Robert's former wife, the late Margaret Hay, and the said Cristiana were related in the double fourth, and Cristiana's former husband, the late John Crecheon [sic], and the said Robert in the double third degrees of kindred arising from divers stocks) after temporary separation to absolve them from excommunication incurred, enjoining penance, and dispense them to contract marriage anew and remain therein, decreeing the said offspring and that to be born legitimate. Oblate nobis. (P. and Ja. de Rizionibus. | P. xxii. de Varris.) [1 p. +.]

De Regularibus.

Kal. Sept.
(1 Sept.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 208.)
To the abbot of Lindores in the diocese of St. Andrews. Mandate, as below. The recent petition of William de Boys, a monk of the Benedictine monastery of Dunfermlyn in the diocese of St. Andrews, contained that on the voidance of the priory of Pluscardyn in the diocese of Moray, conventual and dependent on the said monastery, and wont to be governed by monks thereof, by the resignation of John de Benale, [now] a monk of the said monastery and sometime prior of the said priory, made before a notary public and witnesses and admitted by authority of the ordinary, the convent, perhaps in ignorance of the pope's late reservation of all conventual priories, unanimously elected the said William, then a monk of the said monastery, who, likewise ignorant, consented to the election and had it (eum, rectius eam) confirmed by John bishop of Moray, and under pretext of the said election and confirmation obtained and still detains possession. The pope therefore orders the above abbot to collate and assign the said priory, which is still void as above and reserved, and has cure, and whose buildings are collapsed, and upon whose fruits etc. a yearly life pension of 12½l. sterling has been reserved by papal authority to Andrew Hagis, a monk thereof, together with the usufruct of a certain town and certain tithes and courts belonging to it, and also food and clothing for him and a servant, the remainder of the said fruits etc, not exceeding 88l. sterling, to the above William. Dignum arbitramur. (P. and B. de Monte. | P. xxx. Sexto Kal. Octobris Anno Tertio. de Varris.) [4 pp.]
4 Id. Jan.
(10 Jan.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 234.)
To John Ochellay, prior of Clontuskert Homane, O.S.A., in the diocese of Clonfert. Collation and provision to him (who was lately dispensed by papal authority, on account of illegitimacy as the son of unmarried parents, to be promoted to all even holy orders and hold a benefice even with cure, after which he was received by the said authority as a canon of Hacrum Homane of the said order and diocese) of the said priory, conventual and elective and with cure, value not exceeding 40 marks sterling, void, and therefore reserved under the pope's late reservation of all conventual priories, by the death of John Ochellay without the Roman court; whether it be so void, or by the resignation of the said late John or of Yrachnus (fn. 8) or in any other way. Religionis zelus, vite etc.
Concurrent mandate to the bishops of Orvieto and Torcello (Torcellan.), and the prior of Hacrum Homane in the diocese of Clonfert. Hodie dilecto filio. (C. and F. de Laude, B. de Monte. | C. xiiii. xii. Decimonono Kal. Februarii Anno Tertio. de Montepolitiano.) [4 pp.]


  • 1. On the back of the volume is the usual modern Italian description: ‘Calisto III. 1457, Anno 3. Lib. [blank].’ The flyleaf is gone, but the bottom edge preserves, as usual, the contemporary description, viz.: ‘Secundus de diversis [formis] et de regularibus anno tercio domini nostri domini Calisti pape iii.’ Not only the flyleaf but also the first xiii. leaves have been torn out, so that the volume contains only ff. xiiii–cclxxxvi. of text.
  • 2. horilogium pro horarum cognitione.
  • 3. capella predicta a parrochiali ecclesia de Godschill dicte diocesis, sub cuius parrochic limitibus ipsa capella et cius parrochia consistunt, cuiusque parrochianorum animarum cura per perpetuum vicarium ipsius ecclesic de Godsehill exerceri consuevit, per duo miliaria partium illarum vel circa distat.
  • 4. Nicolaus pape v. predecessor noster Gillacio Okeyt decano ecclesic Lismorensis, tunc decanatum eiusdem ecclesic qui dignitas inibi major post pontificalem existit obtinenti, de perpetua vicaria parrochialis ecclesic de Gariprovidit, ac secum ut vicariam huiusmodi recipere et unacum illa decanatum predictum si illum evinceret et pacifice assequeretur insimul quoad viveret retinere libere et licite valeret per suas litteras dispensavit. The latter part is, at first sight, hardly consistent with the earlier part, which describes him as holding the deanery. The explanation is given in Cal. Papal Lett., Vol. X, p. 458, namely, that although he was de facto in possession of the deanery he was litigating about it, and had not therefore obtained peaceable possession of it.
  • 5. sibi omnem potistatem pro titulo uberiori in dicta vicaria declarandi et de expensis habitis cos concordandi dederant.
  • 6. et quamvis ipse Gillacius prefatam pecunie quantitatem pro expensis in huiusmodi causa factis forsan recipere potuerit, ac dudum pro redimendis vexationibus quoad decanatum dicte ecelesie Lismorensis cuidam Ricardo Pursell clerico (this word is added in the margin by C[onradus de Montepolitiano]) dicte Limericensis diocesis certam pecunie quantitatem tradiderit, nichilominus ipse bonorum mencium more dubitat se labem seu symonic vicium necnon excommunicacionis et alias sentenciaslatas incurrisse. The logic does not seem to be clear.
  • 7. This number has been corrected and is obscure. It should perhaps be xviii.
  • 8. vel dilecti filii Yrachm.