Calendar of Papal Registers Relating To Great Britain and Ireland: Volume 13, 1471-1484. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1955.
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Vatican Regesta, Vol. DCXVI.
11 Sixtus IV.
3 Non. March.
St. Peter's, Rome.
|To the abbot of the monastery of SS. Coanus and Broganus, Mothell (de Mathallia), in the diocese of Lismore. Mandate, as below. The recent petition of William Winchiton, a canon of the priory of St. Catherine by (iuxta) Waterford, O.S.A., contained that on its becoming void the present pope ordered him to be received as a canon thereof, the habit to be given to him and his profession received, and thereupon provision of it to be made to him, the official of Waterford and two others being appointed the executors [see above, p. 38]; that upon a suit arising between him and the late Patrick Canthewil, a canon of the said Order, and for less than a year in non-peaceful possession, of whom no mention had been made in the said mandate, the pope, at the said Patrick's instance, committed the cause, although not lawfully devolved to the Roman court, to the late John, bishop of Calahorrha (Calagurritan.), then residing in the said court and holding the place of a papal auditor; that after certain proceedings had been taken by the said bishop (here detailed), the said official received William as a canon of the priory, gave him the regular habit, received his profession, and made him provision, in virtue of which he obtained and held possession for some months, although not peaceably, seeing that the said Patrick was hindering and molesting him; that he and Patrick had recourse to John, bishop of Waterford, and two others (not here named), as arbitrators, who declared that the priory lawfully belonged to William, ordained that Patrick should resign any right which he might have to it, and that he should be exempt from all jurisdiction and superiority of William, and assigned him certain fruits etc. of the priory until provision should be made to him of a benefice of equal or greater value; that thenceforward and for about five years William held possession in peace; that, after the said Patrick's death the pope (upon its being falsely represented to him by Thomas Cor, priest, of Waterford, that the said William had committed divers crimes) ordered the treasurer of Waterford, if Thomas would accuse William before him, to make inquiry, and if he found the accusations to be true, to deprive and remove William, and in that event to cause Thomas to be received as a canon of the said priory and the habit to be given to him, and to receive his profession, and thereupon to make him provision; that, upon Thomas accusing William before David Serghent, (fn. 1) treasurer of Waterford, the latter, although he did not find the accusations to be true, by a definitive sentence deprived William, removed him, as far as he could, and executed the remaining contents of Thomas's said letters, from which sentence William appealed to the apostolic see, obtaining letters thereon from the pope addressed to the above abbot, which have not yet been presented. Seeing that, as William's said petition added, it is alleged that neither he nor Thomas has any right, the pope hereby orders the said abbot, if he find this to be the case, to collate and assign the said priory, conventual, elective and with cure, value 80 marks sterling, to William. Religionis zelus, vite etc. (In the margin: Januarii.) [8½ pp.]|