Vatican Regesta 495: 1464

Pages 501-505

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. CCCCXCV. (fn. 1)

De Curia.

6 Pius II.

5 Kal. Feb.
(28 Jan.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 143d.)
To Thady Olongan, rector of the parish church called the plebania of Arnirchir in the diocese of Meath. Grant, as below. Lately the pope, upon being informed by him that Henry (Hennicus, rectius Henrricus, i.e. Henricus) Kingr', then rector of the said church, (fn. 2) an open and notorious fornicator, had dilapidated its goods and committed simony and other crimes and excesses [not here expressed], ordered the bishop of Clonmacnoise (Cluanen.), the prior de Galyn [in the diocese of Clonmacnoise] and the dean of Clonmacnoise, if and after Thady accused Henry (fn. 3) before them, to summon Henry (fn. 4) and others concerned, and if they found the foregoing to be true, to deprive and remove him from the said church which, although it was otherwise of lay patronage, is now in ecclesiastical gift, (fn. 5) and in that event to collate and assign it to Thady, the pope's letters expressing its value as not exceeding 30 marks sterling. At his recent petition, containing that Odo Omulion, dean of Clonmacnoise, duly made the deprivation and removal, and made collation and provision to him, in virtue of which he has obtained possession; and adding that it is alleged that on account of a number of other benefices annexed to the said church its value is more, although not more than 100 marks sterling, wherefore he fears to be molested, the pope, who dispensed him at the time, notwithstanding his illegitimacy as the son of a prior of the order of St. Augustine and an unmarried woman, to receive and retain the said church, grants that the said letters and their said consequences shall hold good from the date of these presents, as if it had been expressed therein that the value of the said church with its annexes did not exceed 100 marks sterling. Vite etc. (G. de Piccolominibus. | xx. A. de Urbino. Jo. de Augeroles.) [In the margin: Januarii. 2 pp. This bull is disguised in the Rubricelle as
Minden. Thadeus Olongan. fo. cxxxxiii., and was perhaps for that reason passed over by Theiner.]
Prid. Non. Feb.
(4 Feb.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 219d.)
To Master Anthony de Grassis, a papal chaplain and auditor. Mandate, as below. The recent petition of George Mutray (rectius Murray), abbot of the Augustinian monastery of Inchaffray (Insule missarum) in the diocese of Dunblane, contained that although on the voidance thereof by the death of abbot John, the subprior and convent unanimously elected him, then a professed monk thereof, in priest's orders, S.T.B., and of noble birth by both parents, and that although he, consenting thereto, got himself confirmed by authority of the ordinary, and in virtue of such election and confirmation obtained possession of the rule and administration, and that although the present pope has by other letters confirmed the said election and confirmation and has pro tuitiori (sic) cauthela ordered provision to be made to him of the said monastery, nevertheless (after the late Nicholas Fechel, an alleged monk of the monastery, with the support of lay power had despoiled George of the rule and administration, and with the inordinate favour of certain magnates of the realm of Scotland had inspired George with such fear that, during Nicholas's lifetime, he dared not have the execution of the said letters proceeded to and pursue his right etc.) a certain William de Hadington, a monk of the same monastery, after the death of the said despoiler, continuing the spoliation, notwithstanding that along with the other monks he had elected George, intruded himself with the support of lay power and by armed force, and by inspiring them with fear of imprisonment got himself elected by some of the monks; that although George appealed to the apostolic see, and although the cause was committed to the above auditor, and a citation decreed by him, nevertheless the said William has, whilst the appeal has been pending, in contempt of the apostolic see violently plundered George of his rights and of the muniments of his said election etc., and has dilapidated the goods of the monastery with a certain public concubine, by whom he has had several offspring, still living, and, having been for more than a year under sentence of the greater excommunication, has taken part in divine offices in contempt of the Keys. The pope therefore, seeing that alike the said election of William after his intrusion and any provisions made to him by the pope or by the pope's authority which do not mention the said intrusion are without force, and that, if they were valid, William has rendered himself unworthy of all right pertaining to him in the monastery and of its rule and administration, orders the above auditor to proceed further in the said cause, in which, as George alleges, he long ago proceeded to a number of judicial acts short of a conclusion, and if he find that William intruded himself etc. without canonical election or provision, to decree and declare null and void his subsequent election made by compulsion and any provisions made to him, even by the pope or by his authority, which do not mention the foregoing, and if they be valid, and if and after George accuses William before the said auditor about the said other crimes and excesses, to inquire into them, and if he find them to be true, to deprive and remove William from the rule and administration and from all his right therein or thereto, and in that event, or if by the result of the suit he find that neither George nor William has any right, to make to George provision of the said monastery, the fruits etc. of which are taxed in the papal Camera at 100 gold florins of the Camera, and according to the common valuation [of the tenth] were not wont to exceed before the said dilapidation, as George alleges, a yearly value of 40l. sterling, and at present hardly amount to a value of 30l. sterling; whether it be still void by the death of the said John or Nicholas, or become void by the said declaration or deprivation etc., or be void by the resignation of the said John or Nicholas or William, or in any other way. Before receiving the rule and administration George is to take to the said auditor the usual oath of fealty according to the form enclosed, and the auditor has hereby faculty to receive it, and George is to send to the pope as soon as possible by his own messenger the form of oath taken by him, by his letters patent sealed with his seal, (fn. 6) without prejudice to the bishop of Dunblane, to whom the monastery is by ordinary right subject. Apostolice solicitudinis. (G. de Piccolominibus. | l. A. de Urbino. Jo. de Buccabellis.) [In the margin: Februarii, below which is Jo. Horn and O. Principis. 34/5 pp. The brief Rubricella is: —
Dumblanen. Georgius Mutray. fo. ccxviiii.,
but Theiner's cross is not there, and a fortiori is not on f. 219d. The bull is therefore not in his Monumenta.]
16 Kal. March.
(15 Feb.)
(f. 254d.)
To the dean and Thomas Ocarbry, a canon, and the official of Clogher. Mandate, etc., as below. The recent petition of Nellanus Macmachima (rectius Macmachuna) alias Maguyc (sic), rector of St. Fergal's, Iniscayn Lathahrn, in the diocese of Clogher, contained that Eugenius IV ordered provision to be made to him thereof; and added that inasmuch as he, an open and notorious fornicator, has dilapidated the goods of the rectory, and simoniacally paid a sum of money to Thady Macgillchosgly in order that he should not molest him in regard to the rectory, believing it to be lawful to do so, and has since taken the fruits for more than a year but less than two years, he doubts whether the said letters and their consequences hold good. The pope therefore, absolving him hereby from all sentences of excommunication etc. as far only as regards the taking effect of these presents, orders the above three to absolve him from the said simony and from excommunication incurred on account of the foregoing, enjoining penance, dispense him on account of irregularity and rehabilitate him, and, after he has resigned the rectory, to collate and assign it to him, its value not exceeding 16 marks sterling, howsoever void. Exhibita nobis. (G. de Pi[c]colominibus. | Gratis pro deo. Juravit. A. de Urbino. N. Garilliaci.) [In the margin: Februarii. 3¾ pp. This appears in the Rubricelle as:
Lathahrn. Clocoren. Nellanus Macmathuna. fo. ccliiii.
Theiner not unnaturally passed it over.]
3 Id. March.
(12 March.)
(f. 258.)
To the prior of St. Mary's, Raydgella, in the diocese of Limerick, the chancellor of Limerick and Gerald [son] of Philip de Geraldinis, a canon of the same. Mandate to collate and assign to David Fitzmoris, chancellor of Ardfert, (who was lately dispensed by the present pope, on account of illegitimacy as the son of a deacon and an unmarried woman, by certain letters ordering provision to be made to him of the chancellorship of Ardfert, a non-major non-elective dignity with cure, to receive and retain it, or, if he resigned it, any other benefice even with cure, and also to be promoted to all holy orders) the rectory of Randbarad in the diocese of Ardfert, of the patronage of laymen and value not exceeding 8 marks sterling, void because Gerald Fitzmoris, having obtained it by canonical collation, has held it for more than a year without being ordained priest and without dispensation; notwithstanding that David holds the said chancellorship, value [likewise] not exceeding 8 marks sterling. He is hereby dispensed to retain with the said rectory the said chancellorship, or without the rectory (vel absque illa) to receive any other benefice with cure, even if a major or principal dignity, retain them together for life, and resign them, simply or for exchange, provided that he do not hold two parish churches or their perpetual vicarages or major or principal dignities, or such mixed. Vite etc. (G. de Piccolominibus. | xxx. A. de Urbino. P. de Spinosis.) [In the margin at the end is F(ebruarii), below which is Jo. Horn and Ja. de Minut(ul)is. (fn. 7)pp. Theiner, Vet. Mon. Hib. et Scot. Hist. Illust., p. 452, No. 834, from ‘Reg. Tom. XXVIII, fol. 258,’ i.e. the present Register, omitting the Non obstantibus and following clauses etc., and therefore the mention of the value of the chancellorship, viz. 8 marks sterling, and the final dispensation ad incompatibilia, and with the wrong date ‘quarto Idus Martii.’ See above, p. 448.]


  • 1. On the back of the volume is the usual modern red leather label, with: ‘Pii ii. de Cur. Ann. vi. T. xxviii,’ and on the bottom edge of the volume is the usual contemporary description: ‘xxviii. bullarum Pii.’ Inside the volume is a parchment flyleaf, on one side of which is an imperfectly erased fragment of a bull of a pope Gregory, whose ordinal number is uncertain, dated at Florence 4 Kal. May (28 April) anno 2, a date which agrees with the itinerary of no pope of that name from Gregory VII (1073–1085) to Gregory XII (1406–1415). It is apparently a reservation of a benefice in the gift of the bishops etc. of St. Malo (Maclovien.) and Bayeux. The Rubricelle, of which there are 8 + pp., are headed: ‘Rubricelle libri vicesimioctavi bullarum sanctissimi domini nostri [domini] Pii pape secundi,’ and end: ‘Rubricellat(us) fuit per me Baptistam de Zucheta clericum Novarien in Camera apostolica scriptorem die ix. mensis Septembris mcccclxiiii, indictione xiia , assumptione (sic) vero sanctissimi in Christo patris et domini nostri domini Pauli divina providentia pape ii anno primo.’ There are i-cccxx ff. of text.
  • 2. Here apparently spelt ‘Arnurhire.’
  • 3. Here and below ‘Henrricum.’
  • 4. vacatis Henrrico
  • 5. que licet alias de iure patronatus laicorum existeret nunc tamen ad presentationem clericorum pertinere dinoscitur.
  • 6. quodque ipse Georgius formam juramenti huiusmodi quam prestabit nobis de verbo ad verbum per ipsius patentes litteras suo sigillo signatas nobis (sic) per proprium nuntium quantotius destinare procuret.
  • 7. Minutulis occurs written in full on f. 156 of the next following Register.