Vatican Regesta 635: 1482-1483

Pages 144-148

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. DCXXXV.

Bullarum Communium Lib. LXXXV. Tom. XC.

12 Sixtus IV.

(recte 1482/3) (fn. 1)
14 Kal. April.
(19 March.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 30v.)
To the abbots of Holy Cross, Tracton (de Albotractu), and Gill Abbey (de Antro sancti Fymbarri), in the diocese of Cork, and David Ohalynan, a canon of Cork. Mandate to collate and assign to Eneas Odabayg, clerk, of the diocese of Cork, a canonry of Cork and a prebend therein, called the prebend of the place of Kyllynillay in the diocese of Cork, value 6 marks sterling, so long void that its collation has lapsed to the apostolic see, although Matthew Odaly, who is to be summoned and removed, has without any title detained possession for between two and three years. Vite etc. (Gratis pro deo. Juravit. In the margin: Junij.) [3½ pp.]
Id. July.
(15 July.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 41r.)
To the archbishop of Cashel, and the bishops of Limerick and Emly (Imolacen.). Mandate to collate and assign to David Creach, (fn. 2) a canon of Limerick, bachelor in canon and civil law, a canonry of Cork and a prebend therein, called the free chapel royal of Holy Trinity, of the patronage of the king of England, value 28 marks sterling, so long void, because David Meahar obtained the archdeaconry of Cork, to which another prebend of Cork is perpetually annexed, that its collation has lapsed to the apostolic see, although Philip Guil(lelmi? ), clerk, under pretext of a presentation by Edward, king of England, made after the said lapse, and of an institution by authority of the ordinary, has, without any other title, detained possession for between two and three years; summoning and removing the said Philip. Litterarum scientia, vite etc. (In the margin: Aug.) [5 pp. See Cal. Pat. Rolls, 1476–85, pp. 103, 309.]
3 Kal. May.
(29 April.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 88v.)
To the dean of Ferns, and John Ofaelan, a canon of the same. Mandate, as below. The recent petition of Robert Brown, priest, of Waterford, contained that after the present pope had ordered Thomas Wynchidwn [sic], then a canon of Lismore, to be received as a canon of the monastery of St. Catherine, O.S.A., in the diocese of Waterford, the regular habit to be given to him, and his profession to be received, the pope requiring him thereupon to resign his canonry of Lismore and the prebend of Killarymedin therein; and that after the pope had ordered the abbot of SS. Choanus and Broganus's, Mothel (de Mothilia), in the diocese of Lismore, to make provision of the said canonry and prebend to the said Robert, when they became void, Rory, abbot of the said monastery, after the letters had been expedited, but before they had been presented to him, proceeded to the execution of them, and made collation and provision of the said canonry and prebend, on their becoming void as above, to the said Robert, who under pretext thereof obtained and holds possession of them; and that Nicholas Okorwoyll, clerk, claiming them, brought Robert before John Whyt, a canon of Cloyne (Clonen.), deputed as judge by the apostolic see, who by an unjust sentence adjudged them to Nicholas and imposed perpetual silence on Robert, who appealed to the said see, but has not been able to prosecute the appeal within three years, which period has not yet elapsed. At Robert's said petition, the pope hereby orders the above two (seeing that Robert cannot safely meet Nicholas in the city and diocese of Lismore) to summon Nicholas and others concerned, restore Robert to the state in which he was before the desertion of the said appeal, hear the appeal, and decide what is just, without appeal, causing their decision to be observed by ecclesiastical censure, and moreover, if by the event of the suit they find that Nicholas likewise has no right, to collate and assign the said canonry and prebend, value 10 marks sterling, to Robert, but before they proceed to execute these presents, he is to resign them. Sedes apostolica. (In the margin: Jul.) [6½ pp.]

13 Sixtus IV.

6 Id. Sept.
(8 Sept.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 126v.)
To the prior of St. Mary's. Iniscronain, in the diocese of Killaloe (Laonien.), Denis Odoa (?), (fn. 3) a canon of Killaloe, and the official of the same. Mandate to collate and assign to Odo Omir, clerk, of the diocese of Killaloe, the perpetual vicarage of Drumkilef Ocormayc in the said diocese, value 10 marks sterling, void by the death without the Roman court of Rory, also Omir, although Thady Macormayn, priest, who is to be summoned and removed, has detained possession of it for between eight and ten years without any canonical title; whether it be void as stated, or by the death of Gilbert, also Omir, or in any other way. Vite etc. (In the margin: Sept.) [2½ pp.]

12 Sixtus IV.

3 Id. Aug.
(11 Aug.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 141r.)
To Edmund Purcell, clerk, of Cloyne (Clonen.). Dispensation to him, who (notwithstanding his illegitimacy, as the son of a prelate, in minor orders only, and an unmarried woman, has been made a clerk) to be promoted to all even holy and priest's orders, and hold any benefice with or without cure, even if a canonry and prebend, or a dignity, etc., and to resign or exchange it as often as he pleases, etc. Vite etc. (Gratis pro deo. In the margin: Sept.) [1 p.]
15 Kal. May.
(17 April.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 141v.)
Indult, as below. The recent petition of Philip Ikerog and Nicholas Whyt, canons of Ossory, contained that although their respective prebends, namely, the prebend of St. Maul's (de Sancta Malla) (to which the parish church of Kylmanagh in the diocese of Ossory is perpetually annexed) and the prebend of Aghouor, have from time immemorial been without cure (simplices), and have been such that their holders were not bound to be promoted to the priesthood and reside in person, or be present at the canonical hours in the said church [of Ossory], nevertheless the late David, bishop of Ossory, and the dean and chapter, considering the abundance (fn. 4) of the fruits of the said prebends, made a statute and ordinance to the effect that their future holders should keep continual and personal residence, and be present at divine offices at each of the usual canonical hours, and should within a year after obtaining possession be promoted to the priesthood, under pain of deprivation. The said petition adding that the said fruits have been so much diminished by wars etc. that so long as the said statute and ordinance hold good (fn. 5) they cannot well maintain themselves therewith, the pope hereby grants them indult that so long as they hold the said canonries and prebends they shall not be bound to observe the said statute and ordinance. Ad fut. rei mem. Non debet reprehensibile. (In the margin: Jul.) [1¾ pp.]
10 Kal. Aug.
(23 July.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 211r.)
To the abbot of St. Mary's de Kirieleyson, in the diocese of Ardfert, and the dean and the precentor of Ardfert. Mandate, as below. The perpetual vicarage of the parish church (fn. 6) of Ackaduin in the diocese of Ross has become and is void at the apostolic see, and therefore ipso facto reserved to the pope, by his promotion of Odo, bishop of Ross, to that church, and by his consecration by the pope's order at the said apostolic see; and the pope has been informed by the said bishop that Donatus Ohcaga [sic], prior of the priory of St. Mary the Virgin, Ross, O.S.B., has alienated certain immoveables thereof and caused them to come into the hands of laymen, from whom it will be difficult if not impossible to recover them. The pope, therefore, hereby orders the above three, if the said bishop (who cannot be decently maintained with the slender fruits etc. of the episcopal mensa of Ross, and who has been de facto despoiled of possession of the rule and administration of his said church) will accuse the said Donatus before them, to summon the latter, and if they find the foregoing to be true, to deprive and remove him, and, moreover, to grant the said vicarage, value with its annexes 10 marks sterling, and, if they make such deprivation, to grant the said priory, value 36 marks sterling, to the said bishop in commendum for life. Personam venerabilis fratris. (In the margin: Aug.) [5½ pp.]

11 Sixtus IV.

17 Kal. Aug.
(16 July.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 313r.) (fn. 7)
To the dean of Segorbe (Segobien.). Mandate, as below. The recent petition of Robert Porte, priest, of the diocese of York, contained that he once went with a number of scholars to a certain place for play, (fn. 8) where he found other scholars, and, coming to words (fn. 9) with one of them, hit him one blow only with an iron-tipped stick (fn. 10) which he was carrying, and drew blood, and straightway made his peace with him; that after a time, whether from the said wound or from some other infirmity is not known, the said scholar died; and that, when in his twentythird year and a half (fn. 11) and more, he, without having obtained any dispensation on account of the foregoing, had himself, in ignorance of the law, promoted to all, even holy and priest's orders, and celebrated mass and other divine offices for twelve years. Subsequently, when by order of a certain patron of his he was accompanying a well-beloved companion of that patron, in order to keep him from being hurt by some enemies who had threatened to injure him, a certain archer bent his bow against Robert, who, to save himself from being wounded, struck him a blow on the head with a stick which he was carrying, but, as he believes, without drawing blood, whilst his companion wounded the archer so much that after receiving the Sacraments he died, (fn. 12) wherefore Robert, both out of devotion and in order to obtain absolution from the homicide of the said scholar, went to St. James's in Compostella, and was there absolved in foro conscientie by a certain penitentiary, and, after abstaining from celebrating divine offices, was similarly absolved in the house of the Friars Minors at London from the homicide of the said archer by a certain friar of the Order, the said friar and penitentiary alleging that they had faculty from the apostolic see, he being further dispensed by the said friar to minister in his orders, after which he again celebrated masses and other divine offices as before. The said petition adding that he is deeply grieved in regard to the foregoing, that he was not guilty otherwise than as above, and that he fears lest the said absolution and dispensations do not avail him, (fn. 13) and desires to do penance, the pope hereby orders the above dean to absolve him from the said homicides, enjoining a salutary penance, etc., dispense him on account of irregularity contracted, and, after suspending him for a year, dispense him to minister in his orders, even in the ministry of the altar, and rehabilitate him. Sedes apostolica. (Gratis pro deo. In the margin: Sep.) [32/3 pp.]


  • 1. i.e. if anno 12 be correct.
  • 2. Also written ‘Crehac’ and ‘Chrehac.’ Cal. Pat. Rolls, p. 309, has ‘Creagh.’
  • 3. Probably ‘Odea.’
  • 4. fertilitatem.
  • 5. stantibus statuto et ordinatione predictis.
  • 6. cumperpetua vicaria ac parrochialis ecclesia (recte perpetua vicaria parrochialis ecclesic) … vacaverit et vacet ad presens.
  • 7. On f. 302r. a William Austin occurs as a canon of Rouen under date 1483, 16 Kal. Sept. (17 Aug.) anno 12.
  • 8. recreationiscausa.
  • 9. ad verba iniuriosa devenit.
  • 10. cum quodam baculo ferrato.
  • 11. in vicesimo tertio cum dimidio sue etatis anno et ultra constitutus.
  • 12. Et successive, cum ipse Robertus ex mandato cuiusdam sui patroni cuidam illius dilecto sotio sotiaret, ne a nonnullis suis emulis cui (recte qui) [ei] injurias inferre comminati fuerant offenderetur, et quidam sagittarius contra ipsum Robertum arcum tenderet, ipse Robertus cum baculo quem secum ferebat dictum sugittarium ut ab eo ne lederetur (recte ne ab eo lederetur) uno ictu in capite citra tamen ut credit sanguinis effusionem percussit, ac sotius ipsius Roberti dictum sagittarium taliter vulneravit quod receptis sacramentis ipse sagittarius sicut domino placuit decessit.
  • 13. Cumdubitetque absolutionem et dispensationes (? recte absolutiones et dispensationem) predictas sibi minime suffragari.