Vatican Regesta 472: 1459

Pages 388-392

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. CCCCLXXII. (fn. 1)

De Curia.

1 Pius II.

16 Kal. Aug.
(17 July.)
(f. 14d.)
To the abbots of Melrose and Neubetyll [sic], in the dioceses of Glasgow and St. Andrews. Mandate, at the recent petition of Thomas [now] a bishop in the universal church [some time bishop of Dunkeld], who by papal grant holds the Cistercian monastery of Cupar in the diocese of St. Andrews in commendam, containing that he is past his seventieth year and so weak and blind that he cannot henceforward easily rule and administer the said monastery, to appoint, with the consent of the abbot of Cîteaux, William Strathaquhyn, a monk of Cupar, if fit, as his coadjutor for life in the said rule and administration. Ad ecclesiarum. (G. Lollius. | lta . M. Amici. Servatius.) [In the margin: Julii. 1½ pp. Theiner, Vet. Mon. Hib. et Scot. Hist. Illust., pp. 417–418, No. 791, from Reg. Tom. V. fol. 14, i.e. the present Register, with the spelling ‘Strathaguhyn.’ See above, Reg. Vat. CCCCLXX, f. 398d., and below, Reg. Vat. CCCCLXXVIII, f. 61.]
6 Id. Aug.
(7 Aug.)
(f. 40d.)
To Peter, cardinal priest of St. Mark's. Motu proprio reservation and assignment—the pope having recently made provision to Henry Grethon, a Benedictine monk of Dunfermht [sic] in the diocese of St. Andrews, of the Cluniac monastery of St. Mirren (Sancti Mereni), Paisley, in the diocese of Glasgow, on its voidance by the death of abbot Thomas—of a yearly pension for life of 300 gold florins of the Camera on the fruits etc. of the said monastery of St. Mirren, the value of which does not exceed 2,500 like florins, to be paid in the Roman court by the said Henry and his successors, half at Christmas and half at the Nativity of St. John Baptist. Decens reputamus.
Concurrent mandate to the bishops of Verona, St. Andrews and Parenzo (Parentin.). Hodie dilecto filio. (Ja. Lucen. | Gratis etc. M. Amici. D. de Piscia.) [In the margin:Augusti and Gratis pro persona reverendissimi domini cardinalis. 2½ pp. Theiner, Vet. Mon. Hib. et Scot. Hist. Illust., p. 418, No. 792, from ‘Reg. de Curia Tom. V. fol. 40’ i.e. the present Register and folio (cf. below, f. 125), with the spellings ‘Crethon’ and ‘Dunfermelin,’ ‘M.CCCC.LVIII.’ in the date instead of ‘M.CCCC.LVIIII.’ and without the executory mandate. See below, p. 390.]
4 Id. July.
(12 July.)
(f. 55.)
To the abbot of St. Germanus's, Selby, in the diocese of York, William Brand, archdeacon of Clevelande in the church of York, and Vincent Clementis, a canon of Salisbury, collector of the Camera in England. Mandate, as below. The recent petition of the abbot and convent of St. Mary's without the walls of York, O.S.B., and of the dean and chapter of York contained that inasmuch as formerly a dispute arose between the said abbot and convent, of the one part and the dean and chapter and the present vicar of St. Laurence's in the suburbs of York, of the other part, about the right of taking the oblations and tithes of the place of Grendyk, which the abbot and convent alleged to be within the bounds of the parish church of St. Olave Fulforth, which is annexed to the said monastery, and which the said dean and chapter and vicar alleged to be within the bounds of the said parish church of St. Laurence, which is annexed to the capitular mensa of York; that the consequent suit between them went on for a long time before divers judges within and without the Roman court; and that at length the parties agreed upon William archbishop of York as arbitrator, who laid down by his award that the abbot and convent could receive and levy the said tithes and oblations and that they should belong to them for ever, and that the parish church of Stratton in the said diocese, in the gift of the said abbot and convent, should be appropriated for ever to the said mensa, which award both parties accepted and agreed to, as is said to be contained in certain public instruments of the said archbishop, sealed with his seal. At the said petition, adding that if the dean and chapter lost the said oblations and tithes, and were not recompensed by the union of a church, they and the said mensa would be greatly prejudiced, and praying for the perpetual appropriation of the said church of Stratton to the said mensa, and for the confirmation in other respects of the said award, the pope hereby orders the above three to summon the rector of Stratton and the said vicar and others concerned, and if they find the facts to be as stated, and the said causes for making the appropriation to be sufficient and lawful, to appropriate the said church of Stra[t]ton for ever to the said mensa, so that on its voidance by the death or resignation of the present rector the dean and chapter may take possession and convert its fruits to their own uses and the uses of the said mensa and of the church of Stratton, a fit portion being reserved for a perpetual vicar to be instituted, and in other respects to confirm the said award, and cause it to be observed by both parties. Apostolice nobis. (Ja. Lucen. | xxxvi. M. Amici. A. de Montia.) [In the margin: Julii. 2¾ pp. See above, Reg. Vat. CCCCLIX, f. 157, CCCCLXI, f. 260 and Reg. Lat. CCCCXCVIII, f. 6d.]
6 Id. Aug.
(8 Aug.)
(f. 125.)
To Peter, cardinal priest of St. Mark's. Motu proprio reservation and assignment of a yearly life pension of 300 gold florins of the Camera on the fruits etc. of the Cluniac monastery of St. Mirren (Sancti Mereni), Paisley, as above, f. 40d. (here also with the spelling ‘Grethon,’ and with the spelling ‘Dunfernihit’). Decens reputamus.
Concurrent mandate to the bishops of Verona, St. Andrews and Parenzo, as ibid. Hodie dilecto filio. (Ja. Lucen. | Gratis pro persona reverendissimi domini cardinalis. [M. Amici.] D. de Piscia.) [2¾ pp.] (fn. 2)
Prid. Kal. Sept.
(31 Aug.)
(f. 162.)
To Andrew Holes, chancellor of Salisbury. Absolution etc. of the following canonical offences which now in his old age he recalls to mind, namely, that certain of his relatives (tui attinentes) promised without his knowledge a sum of money to a certain noble lady, the patron of a certain parish church, in aid of the marriage of a daughter of hers, in order that she should present him thereto, although he doubts whether it was paid [and] although as soon as he knew of it he gave up the said church to the ordinary, after, however, having held possession for about a year and taken the fruits, which church was, after he had been absolved by the ordinary, collated to him thereby anew; that he was on one and the same day promoted to the order[s] of acolyte and subdeacon; that, his relatives stating that he was twentyfive years of age, whereas in his own belief he was hardly in his twenty-second year, the archdeaconry of Anglesey in the church of Bangor (langen.) was collated to him, in the impetration of which from the ordinary, (fn. 3) and also in a papal dispensation to [hold] two incompatible benefices, he alleged that he was of knightly birth, whereas he is ignorant whether his father was at the time of his birth a knight, although he was a noble and also a knight at the time of the said impetration (fn. 4); that he was not ordained priest within a year from the day of obtaining possession of the said parish church, but a short time after, from which causes he fears that he has incurred the penalties of ‘Execrabilis’ etc., by continuing to hold the said incompatible churches, (fn. 5) if the said grants and dispensations [sic] could be regarded as surreptitious, (fn. 6) as also because, having obtained a parish church, and a second incompatible [benefice] having been collated to him, he, although he could have obtained peaceable possession thereof, put off receiving it until he obtained dispensation from the apostolic see, and did not resign the parish church to the ordinary before notary and witnesses, as is provided in the said constitution [‘Execrabilis’], (fn. 7) and because, contrary to that constitution, he had himself promoted to the diaconate and priesthood; that he is furthermore doubtful whether the three minor orders of door-keeper (ostiarius), lector and exorcist were conferred upon him, wherefore he doubts whether, not having received them, he could be ordained acolyte, although he duly received the first clerical tonsure; and that, having obtained divers benefices at divers times, he doubts whether at those times he was involved in the penalties of ‘Execrabilis,’ etc., whereby such obtaining of benefices was wrongful and to the hurt of his soul. He remembers too that, after obtaining licence from the ordinary, on account of the study in which he was engaged, not to be bound to be promoted to holy orders within seven years, on their expiring he was not so promoted, in consequence of which his benefices with cure, or at least his parish churches, perhaps became void, although he was afterwards duly promoted to holy orders. He also alleges that in his absence his proctors gave benefices to farm to laymen, and without papal licence visited his subjects and benefices, against the sacred canons etc. The pope therefore absolves him from all the aforesaid, and also from all defects, disabilities, censures and pains, dispenses him on account of the foregoing, makes him provision anew [of his benefices], grants him faculty to receive from any catholic bishop the said three orders on any Sunday or feast day, without the Ember seasons, on condition that they have not been conferred upon him otherwise, which bishop shall be able to dispense him to minister in all his other orders, etc. Ex inmensa [sic] dei misericordia. (Ja. Lucen. | lxx. M. Amici. D. de Luca.) [In the margin: Augusti. 2⅓ pp.] (fn. 8)
13 Kal. May.
(19 April.)
(f. 317.)
To the chancellor of Ross (Bossan. rectius Rossen.), and Donald Omocgayn (sic) and Dermit Ohega, canons of the same. Mandate to collate and assign to John Omolerynn, clerk, of the diocese of Cork, who lately had himself made a clerk, notwithstanding his illegitimacy as the son of unmarried parents, the perpetual vicarage of Lyslaygh in the diocese of Ross (here Rossen.), with cure and of lay patronage, value not exceeding 12 marks sterling, so long void, because Thady Odonnagayn obtained the parish church of Teadhsaghsan in the said diocese of Cork, collated to him by authority of the ordinary, that by the Lateran statutes its collation has lapsed to the apostolic see; although the said Thady, who is to be summoned and removed, has detained it without canonical dispensation. John is hereby dispensed to be promoted to all even holy orders and receive and retain the vicarage notwithstanding the said defect etc. Vite etc. (G. Lollius. | Gratis pro deo pro paupere. Juravit. M. Amici. T. de Trevio.) [In the margin. Augusti. 22/3 pp.]


  • 1. On the back of the volume is the usual modern red leather label with: ‘Pii ii. de Cur. Ann. i. ii. Tom. v.’ Inside the volume is the front half of the original sheepskin binding, with: ‘Liber v. bull(arum) [apparently corrected from ‘de bull(is)] Pii ii,’ and a number of unimportant contemporary notes. On the bottom edge of the volume is the contemporary description: ’Vus . bullarum domini Pii pape ii.’ The Rubricelle, of which there are 23 pp., are headed: ‘Incipiunt Rubricelle libri vti de Curia domini Pii pape ii, Mantue anno 1459, pontificatus eiusdem anno primo, videlicet,’ and end ‘Expliunt [sic] Rubricelle libri vti de Curia domini Pii pape ii. Mantue die xxiii. Decembris per me Raynaldem de Capobianco in camera apostolica scriptorem mcccclviiio.’ below which is ‘Deo gratias.’ The text follows, i. to cccxxxix + 340 + 341 ff.
  • 2. This apparently inadvertent registration of a bull twice is very rare.
  • 3. in cuius impetratione ab ordinario facta.
  • 4. tempore impetrationis.
  • 5. continuo dictas incompatibiles ecclesias detinendo,? rectius duas incompatibiles ecclesias or dicta incompatibilia beneficia.
  • 6. si dicte impetrationes et dispensationes possent de surreptione notari.
  • 7. ac etiam ex eo quod obtenta una parrochiali ecclesia et collato tibi secundo incompatibili, licet potuisses eius pacificam possessionem assequi, et sic per te stetit quominus haberes, illius possessionem recipere distulisti, quousque a sede apostolica dispensationem obtineres, nec parrochialem ecclesiam in manibus ordinarii coram notario et testibus prout in dicta constitutione cavetur dimisisti.
  • 8. On ff. 189d–191r is a mandate addressed to Rupert, administrator of the church of Ratisbon, and dated at St. Peter's, Rome, in the year 1458, 4 Non. Dec. anno 1, ordering him to visit and reform the monastery of St. James of the Scots, Ratisbon, O.S.B., which has fallen into disorder, ruin and dissension, the monks not fearing, for example, to beat their abbot Otto, etc.