Lateran Regesta 561: 1460-1461

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Calendar of Papal Registers Relating To Great Britain and Ireland: Volume 12, 1458-1471. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1933.

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

3 Pius II.

De Exhibitis.

3 Id. Sept.
(6 Sept.)
(f. 4.)
To the bishop of Limerick. Mandate as below. The recent petition of Cornelius Ydeayd, priest, of the diocese of Limerick, contained that from of old there belong to the Augustinian monastery of Kynsam in the diocese of Worcester (sic) in England a number of rectorial tithes (fn. 2) within the bounds of the parishes of the parish churches of Baleingarga and Easgeftine, (fn. 3) with their rights and appurtenances, in the said diocese of Limerick in Ireland, which tithes the abbot and convent of the said monastery, on account of the diversity of the regions and the distance of the places, do not trouble to collect and levy in person to the profit of the monastery, but have been wont to let them to farm to divers lay persons for a certain yearly cess; and that it is feared that the said tithes may be taken possession of by the said lay persons and almost usurped into a fee or ownership, (fn. 4) and appropriated, contrary to the statutes etc. of the ordinaries of those parts about not granting tithes to lay persons. At the said petition, adding that it would be to the evident utility of the said monastery and parish churches if the said tithes were, with consent of the bishop of Limerick, granted and assigned for life in farm to the said Cornelius, who would hope to recover them from the said lay persons, in return for the yearly cess wont to be paid to the monastery, or for a new one to be arranged between him and the abbot, the pope hereby gives commission and mandate to the above bishop to summon those concerned, and if he find the facts to be as stated, to grant and assign, with consent of the bishop of Limerick for the time being, the said tithes, with all their rights and appurtenances, on farm to the said Cornelius, to be collected, levied and taken by him for life, for the yearly cess wont to be paid to the monastery, or for a new one to be arranged between him and the abbot. Humilibus supplicum votis. (P. and G. Gonne. | P. xx. de Varris.) [2 pp.]
Id. Jan.
(13 Jan.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 22d.)
To the abbots of Ramsey and Sautre and the prior of Stonley, in the diocese of Lincoln. Mandate, at the recent petition of the prior and convent of the Benedictine priory of St. Neots in the diocese of Lincoln, containing that although the parish church of Heuyngren (sic) in the said diocese was formerly appropriated to the priory in perpetuity, a fit portion for a perpetual vicar being reserved, and that although the prior and convent have paid the said portion to the vicar for the time being, and the vicar has contented himself therewith, nevertheless Thomas Sturgeys, the present vicar, falsely alleging the said portion to be so slight that he cannot maintain himself and bear his burdens, brought them before Thomas archbishop of Canterbury, legate of the apostolic see in the province of Canterbury, who committed the cause to John Stokes, clerk, of the diocese of Canterbury, doctor of laws, who, wrongfully proceeding, promulgated an unjust definitive sentence by which he decreed that the ancient portion of the vicarage was too slight and insufficient, and that it should be augmented to the sum of 7 marks of silver a year, condemning the prior and convent in costs, from which sentence they have appealed to the apostolic see. At the said petition, for the commission of the cause of the appeal and of the principal matter to some upright men in those parts, the pope hereby orders the above three to summon Thomas and others concerned, hear both sides, and, taking cognizance also of the principal matter, decide what is just without appeal, causing their decision to be observed by ecclesiastical censure.Humilibus supplicum votis. (P. and A. [de] Cortesiis. | P.xvi. de Varris.) [1¾ pp.]
12 Kal. Nov.
(21 Oct.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 78.)
To the abbots of St. Alban's of St. Albans and St. Peter's of Westminister, in the dioceses of London and Lincoln, and the dean of Chichester. Mandate as below. The recent petition of William Hylle, a citizen of London, executor of the last will of the late William Spalding, dean of St. Mary's le Bow (de Arcubus), London, contained that the said William Spalding appointed him as executor of his last will, and ordered a number of goods to be given by him to pious uses; that he wished to execute the said will in accordance with the tenour thereof, but that William Wykys and Simon Wolrych, clerks, of London, falsely alleging that they were the heirs of the said William Spalding, and that the said will was, for reasons then expressed, invalid, brought the said executor, not by papal delegation, before the official of the court of Canterbury; that the said official, though often requested, has delayed or refused to expedite the cause and administer justice to the said executor, so that the pious will of the testator was unduly retarded, wherefore the said executor has appealed to the apostolic see, and has petitioned for the commission of the cause of the appeal and of the principal matter to some prelates in those parts. The pope therefore orders the above three to summon the said William Wykys and Simon and others concerned, and, taking cognizance also of the principal cause, hear both sides and decide what is just without appeal, causing their decision to be observed by ecclesiastical censure. Humilibus supplicum votis. (P. and Jo. de Mellinis. | P. xii. de Varris.) [2 pp.]

De Regularibus.

Prid. Non. Nov.
(4 Nov.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 253d.)
To Thomas Stokemede, an Augustinian friar. (fn. 5) Dispensation to receive and retain any benefice with or without cure, wont to be held by secular clerks, even if a parish church or its perpetual vicarage, or a chantry [or] a chaplaincy, and if of the patronage of laymen, and to resign it, simply or for exchange, as often as he pleases, notwithstanding the constitutions of Otto and Ottobon, sometime legates in England, etc. Religionis zelus, vite etc. (P. and Piscia. | P. xxx. de Varris.) [1 p.]
8 Id. Nov.
(6 Nov.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 256.)
To all Christ's faithful who see the present letters. Extension etc., as below. Eugenius IV granted to all the faithful who visited on the feast of St. Patrick the house and church of Corpus Christi, Benfada, of the order of Augustinian friars, in the diocese of Killala (Aladen.), and gave alms for its repair and conservation, an indulgence of five years and five quarantines in perpetuity, as is more fully contained in the said pope's letters. At the recent petition of the prior and friars of the said house, containing that it is situate in a desert and barren place, and lacks choir, cloister, chalices, books and other things needful for divine worship, (fn. 6) and that the friars who dwell therein are in want for their food etc., and that if the said indulgence of five years were extended to two other years, so that the faithful visiting the said house and giving alms there might gain an indulgence of seven years, they would visit it with the greater devotion and would give alms more frequently and more freely etc., the pope hereby extends the said indulgence of five years to seven years and as many quarantines, granting to all faithful, being penitent and having confessed, who visit on the feast of St. Patrick the church of the said house and give alms as above, a relaxation of seven years and seven quarantines of enjoined penance, these presents to last in perpetuity. Splendor paterne glorie. (P. and L. Dathus. | P. xx. de Varris.) [2 pp. See Cal.Papal Lett., Vol. IX, p. 455.]
3 Kal. Jan.
(30 Dec.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 300d.)
To the dean of Killaloe (Laonien.). Mandate (the pope having been informed by Odo Okennedy, clerk, of the diocese of Killaloe, that Maurice Okennedy, prior of the Augustinian priory of St. John Baptist by Le Naenach in the said diocese, has dilapidated etc. its goods, and, an open fornicator, has uselessly consumed them with a certain concubine and for other evil uses, has neglected to exercise the cure of souls pertaining to the priory, or cause it to be exercised, and to correct the excesses of the canons, that the priory itself and its buildings are, through his neglect, in a state of much ruin, and that he has committed other excesses and crimes about which he is much defamed in those parts) to cause Odo, who is of noble birth by both parents, to be received as a canon of the priory and confer on him the regular habit and receive his profession, and moreover, after he has made his profession, if and after he accuses Maurice before the above dean, to summon Maurice and others concerned, and if he find the foregoing to be true, to deprive and remove Maurice, and in that event to collate and assign the priory, which is conventual and dependent on the monastery of the same St. John, Dublin, of the same order, is wont to be governed by canons of the order, and whose value does not exceed 30 marks sterling, to the said Odo; whether it become void by such deprivation, or be void by the death of William Ymcara (recte Ymeara), a canon of the said order, or by the resignation of the said Maurice, or in any other way.Dignum etc. (P. and G. Gonne. | P. xxxii. Decimo octavo Kal. Februarii Anno Tertio. de Varris.) [32/3 pp.]
Prid. Kal. Feb.
(31 Jan.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 310d.)
To the bishop of Lincoln and the abbot of Reysby in the diocese of Lincoln. Mandate as below. The recent petition of the abbot and convent of the Cistercian monastery of Kyr[k]sted in the diocese of Lincoln contained that lately it and the animals and other goods therein were accidentally destroyed by fire, on account of which the abbot and convent have sustained and still sustain great loss and are burdened with debts. (fn. 7) At the said petition, adding that if licence were given to them to sell and alienate or grant in fee or on lease, in perpetuity or for a time, (fn. 8) under a fixed yearly cess, a number of lands and possessions of the monastery, to the value of 10l. sterling, they would rebuild and restore the houses and granges of the monastery, and would furnish it with animals, granges and other goods as before, and pay their debts, the pope hereby orders the above two, if they find the foregoing to be true etc., to grant the desired licence. In the event of such lands etc. being so granted in fee or on lease, the said yearly cess, or in case of sale the price, is to be deposited with a fit person or persons chosen by the above two, to be converted solely to the said repair and restoration etc. Ad ea que. (O. and A. de Tuscanis. | O. xxv. Pontanus.) [2⅓ pp.]


  • 1. On the back of the volume is the usual modern description in Latin: ‘1460. An. iii. Pius ii,’ and on the inside of the cover is Mgr. Wenzel's ‘An. 3, to. 3.’ There is no contemporary flyleaf, but the usual contemporary description, hardly legible, occurs on the bottom edge of the volume: ‘Primus de exhibitis et de regularibis anno iii. domini nostri domini Pii pape secundi,' above which is added ‘iii. (?) et primo.’ There are i.-cccxi. ff. of text.
  • 2. nonnulle decime rectorie nuncupate.
  • 3. The letter between ‘g’ and ‘f’ is very doubtful.
  • 4. in feudum sive proprietatem.
  • 5. His house and diocese are not given, but the mention of the constitutions of Otto and Ottobon shows his nationality.
  • 6. ac in choro claustro calicibus libris et aliis ad usum divinum neccessariis (sic) diminutione paciatur.
  • 7. suntque debitorum oneribus pergrauati.
  • 8. vendendi et alienandi seu in feudum vel emphitheosim imperpetuum vel ad tempusconcedendi.