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Lateran Regesta 714: 1471-1472

Pages 286-294

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

1 Sixtus IV.

De Regularibus.

1471.
5 Kal. Oct.
(27 Sept.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 37r.)
To Richard, abbot of the monastery of SS. Peter and Paul and St. Oswald the Martyr, Bardenay, O.S.B., in the diocese of Lincoln. Dispensation, at his recent petition, containing that the said monastery has become so much impoverished by floods and wars, etc., and by the great hospitality which has had to be maintained on account of the said wars, that he cannot decently maintain his abbatial state and bear his burdens, to receive any benefice with cure wont to be held by secular clerks, even if a parish church, etc., retain it for life with or without the said monastery, and resign it, simply or for exchange, as often as he pleases. Exigentibus meritis. [1½ pp.]
16 Kal. Oct.
(16 Sept.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 63v.)
To Nicholas Duke, a canon of St. Mary's, Bridlyngton, O.S.A., in the diocese of York. Dispensation, as below. Paul II dispensed him to receive and retain (fn. 2) any benefice with cure wont to be held by secular clerks, even if a parish church etc., and to resign it, simply or for exchange, as often as he pleased. His recent petition contained that at the persuasion of the prior and convent of the said monastery, of which he was already a canon professed, he renounced the said dispensation, and that the prior thereupon cut off the leaden bull from the said pope's letters, (fn. 3) and that he now repents his renunciation. The pope therefore hereby dispenses him to receive and retain for life any such benefice, and to resign it, as above. Religionis zelus, vite ac morum. [12/3 pp.]
4 Id. Oct.
(12 Oct.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 95v.)
To Richard Whitehirch [sic], a monk of Hayles, O. Cist., in the diocese of Worcester. Dispensation to receive and retain for life any benefice with cure wont to be held by secular clerks, even if a parish church etc., and to resign it, simply or for exchange, as often as he pleases. Religionis zelus, etc. [1 p.]
8 Kal. Sept.
(25 Aug.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 104r.)
To William Chichestre, a monk of Daventre, O.S.B., in the diocese of Lincoln. Decree that these presents shall be full proof of the letters, dated 12 Kal. Dec. anno 7 [20 Nov., 1470], by which Paul II dispensed him, who was a priest, to receive and retain for life any benefice etc., as in the preceding; the said pope having died before his letters were drawn up. Rationi congruit. [1 p. +.]
3 Non. Oct.
(5 Oct.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 118r.)
To John More, a canon of Merton, O.S.A., in the diocese of Winchester. Dispensation to receive and retain any benefice with cure etc., as above, f. 95v. (fn. 4)Religionis etc. [1 p.]
8 Kal. Sept.
(25 Aug.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 119v.)
To William Wotton, a brother of the hospital or house of Assherugge, of the Institution called the Institution of Bonshommes, O.S.A., (fn. 5) in the diocese of Lincoln. Decree as above, f. 104v., (fn. 6) and for the same reason, in respect of similar letters of Paul II, dated 12 Kal. June anno 7 [21 May, 1471]. Rationi congruit. [1½ pp.]
1471[–2].
7 Id. Jan.
(7 Jan.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 127r.)
To William Lincoln, a monk of the monastery of St. Mary the Virgin, King's Beaulieu (de Belloloco regis), O. Cist., in the diocese of Winchester. Dispensation for him, who is in priest's orders, to receive and retain for life etc., as above, f. 95v. Religionis etc. [1 p.]
1471.
6 Id. Dec.
(8 Dec.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 144r.)
To Robert Langman, a canon of the priory of Berlinch, O.S.A., in the diocese of Bath and Wells. Dispensation, as in the preceding. Religionis etc. [1 p.]
1471[–2].
7 Id. March.
(9 March.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 153r.)
To Patrick Osgynyn, Fergal Obruchayn, and John Ochonyr, canons of Elphin. Mandate (the priorship of the monastery of St. Mary de Rostomay (recte Roscoman), O.S.A., in the diocese of Elphin, being void, and having been void so long that there is no certain knowledge of the last mode of its voidance and that its collation has lapsed to the apostolic see, although Charles Oconcubair has without any title detained it for between eight and ten years), to summon and remove the said Charles, and collate and assign the said priory, conventual, with cure and elective, value 60 marks sterling, to Theobald de Burgo, a Friar Preacher, who alleges that he is by both parents of a race of kings. He is hereby specially dispensed to receive and retain it, notwithstanding that he is a Friar Preacher, etc., but as soon as he obtains possession he is to wear the habit worn in the said monastery, etc. Religionis etc. (At the end: N. xxx. Expedita xo Kal. Feb. anno primo. de Bonaparte.) [3⅓ pp.]
6 Non. Mar.
(2 March.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 167r.)
To Nicholas Aley (? recte Alen), a canon of the priory of Elsyngspittell, O.S.A., in the diocese of London. Dispensation to receive and retain for life any benefice with cure etc., as above, f. 95v. Religionis etc. [2/3 p.]
1471.
5 Kal. Oct.
(27 Sept.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 176v.)
To the bishop of Glasgow. Mandate, at the recent petition of William, abbot of Kylwynyng, O.S.B., in the diocese of Glasgow (containing that at the time of his appointment as abbot by the apostolic see he took an oath to visit at certain times the shrines of the Apostles, in person or by deputy, but has been prevented from so doing, thereby incurring perjury; and alleging that he is past his sixtieth year), to absolve him from the said perjury, enjoining a salutary penance, and rehabilitate him. In the event of his being so absolved, the pope hereby grants him indult not to be bound to visit the said shrines for twenty years. Apostolice sedis indefessa clementia. [1 p.]
8 Kal. Sept.
(25 Aug.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 177r.)
To the abbot and convent of Croyland, O.S.B., in the diocese of Lincoln. Decree, as below. It was set forth to Paul II on their behalf that although in accordance with the constitutions of Benedict XII they were bound to abstain, and had abstained, from eating flesh from Septuagesima Sunday till Easter, nevertheless, inasmuch as their said monastery was situate on an island in the northern parts of England, surrounded on all sides by a great marsh and a desolate wilderness, so that the adjacent marshland was for six or seven miles by the round incapable of growing any grain, and unfit for crops or cultivation (the food of the inhabitants having to be always brought from without, even during the hard frosts of winter, which would sometimes last for two or three months till the beginning of March, the inhabitants of the said island being so completely frozen in that it was almost impossible for them to leave it or for necessaries to be brought to them by boat or by cart), in their anxiety to obtain victuals they could not without murmuring or mental suffering fulfil the daily task of the divine office, wherefore they were constrained to offer to God special and daily prayers in processions, litanies, masses and other devotions for the removal of so great a misfortune. At their said petition the said pope granted them an indult, under date 3 Kal. April anno 7 [30 March, 1471], that the abbot of the said monastery and his successors and the convent and the persons who in future made their profession therein could, from the said Septuagesima Sunday (when the frosty weather was still very severe in those parts) till Quinquagesima, freely and lawfully eat flesh on all days on which it was not forbidden by the law of the Church to do so, any constitutions etc. notwithstanding. (fn. 7) The said pope having died before his letters were drawn up, the pope hereby decrees that the said indult shall nevertheless hold good from the said date, and that these presents shall be sufficient proof thereof. Rationi congruit. [2 pp.]
Prid. Id. Nov.
(12 Nov.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 207v.)
To the bishop of Bath and Wells and the archdeacon of Norwich. Mandate, as below. The recent petition of the abbot and convent of St. Augustine's, Bristol, of the order of St. Victor, in the diocese of Worcester, contained that the tithes in the lands called Cadyngbrolie (recte Cadyngbroke), Helynghuest (recte Helynghurst), Redemend et Orthiend (which are held by the parishioners of the parish church of Almondesbury, canonically united to the said monastery) belong by ancient custom to the said abbot and convent, by reason of the said union; that, upon William Gyan, rector of the chapel of Tokyngton in the said diocese, claiming the said tithes, and endeavouring to collect and take them, they caused him to be cited before Thomas Wynterbuen (recte Wynterburn), auditor of the metropolitan court of Canterbury, who promulgated a definitive sentence in their favour, with costs, from which sentence the said William appealed to the apostolic see; that in the matter of the said appeal he obtained papal letters to the abbot of Bewley in the diocese of Winchester, under pretext of which he caused the said abbot and convent to be cited before the present abbot of Bewley; and that, inasmuch as the said abbot assigned them a too short time for appearing before him, and caused them to be cited to a place unfit and unsafe of access, (fn. 8) and inhibited them from taking the said tithes, they have appealed to the said see. At their said petition, the pope hereby orders the above two to summon the said William 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. [3½ pp.]
4 Id. Oct.
(12 Oct.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 210v.)
To Richard Percham, a monk of Rochester, O.S.B. Dispensation to receive and retain for life any benefice with cure, etc., as above, f. 95v. Religionis etc. [1 p. +.]
3 Kal. Dec.
(29 Nov.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 239r.)
To the bishop of Achonry (Akaden.). Mandate to collate and assign the monastery of St. Mary de Asdara, O.S.A., in the diocese of Achonry, value 30 marks sterling (so long void by the death of Maurice Macdonchid that its collation has lapsed to the apostolic see. although Donatus Ocluan, a canon of the said order, who is to be summoned and removed, has without any right detained it for between seven and eight years) to Donald Micdonchid, a Friar Preacher, who alleges that he is by both parents of noble race, that he is a native of the place of the said monastery, that he is desired as abbot by the greater part of the convent, and that the said monastery is in great ruin. The pope hereby grants that the said Donald may be blessed by any catholic bishop of his choice in communion with the said see; without prejudice to the bishop of Achonry. He is to wear the habit worn in the monastery. Suscepti cura regiminis. [2 pp. +]
Prid. Id. Oct.
(14 Oct.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 266v.)
To Robert Renyngull [sic], (fn. 9) prior of St. Mary's de Letheryngham, O.S.A., in the diocese of Norwich. Dispensation to receive and retain in commendam for life with the said priory, any other benefice with cure wont to be assigned to secular clerks, or a regular benefice of the said order, even if a parish church etc., and to resign it, simply or for exchange, as often as he pleases. Religionis etc. [1 p.]
Ibid.
(f. 289v.)
To William, abbot of St. Augustine's without the walls of Canterbury, O.S.B., immediately subject to the apostolic see. Dispensation to receive and retain in commendam for life with the said monastery (the yearly value of which the pope holds as expressed by these presents, provided that it do not exceed 80l. sterling) (fn. 10) any secular benefice, or any regular benefice wont to be governed by secular clerks, even if a parish church, etc., and to resign it etc., as in the preceding. Personam tuam. [1⅓ pp.]
4 Id. Oct.
(12 Oct.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 294r.)
To Geoffrey (fn. 11) Hemmysby, a monk of Norwich, O.S.B. Dispensation to receive and retain for life any benefice with cure, etc., as above, f. 95v. Religionis etc. [1 p.]
1471.
8 Kal. Sept.
(25 Aug.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 305r.)
Decree, as below. It was set forth to Paul II by abbot John and the convent of St. Mary's, Glastonbury, O.S.B., and William Boket, rector of Strete, in the diocese of Bath and Wells, that for many years there had been litigation etc. between the late abbots John and Nicholas and the convent, of the one part, and Roger Wodehill, John Stone, and John Lax, successively rectors of the said church (which is of the patronage of the abbot and convent), of the other part, and afterwards between the present abbot John and the convent, and the said John Lax and William, about the tithes of a certain park, woods and place in the said diocese, (fn. 12) and also of divers meadows and pastures in the said diocese, the said rectors alleging that the said park, woods and places (fn. 13) were within the bounds of the said parish of Strete, and that the tithes thereof belonged to the rector of the said church, whereas the abbot and convent alleged that the said park etc. (fn. 14) were within the bounds of the parish churches of St. John Baptist, Glastonbury and St. Benignus de Mere, in the said diocese, which are united to the said monastery, and that the said tithes belonged to them; that the said present abbot John and the convent and William Bokett, in order to avoid the expense of such litigation, made an agreement, (fn. 15) to wit, that the tithes of a certain park, woods, meadows, and other places designated in the letters of the said agreement should in future belong to the said abbot and his successors and the convent, by reason of the said churches united to them, and that the tithes of certain meadows and closes should belong to the said William Boket and his successors; and that the said agreement was ratified, approved and confirmed by the vicar [-general] of the bishop of Bath and Wells. At the petition, therefore, of the said abbot John and the convent and the said William Boket, the said pope, under date 8 Kal. Dec. anno 7 [24 Nov., 1470], ratified, confirmed and approved the said new agreement, and annulled all former agreements in the matter of the said tithes, etc. The pope exemplifies the letters of agreement:
Universis sancte matris ecclesieQuoniam scimus, drawn up in the form of an indenture, between John abbot of St. Mary's, Glastonbury, and the convent, and Sir William Bokett, chaplain, rector of Strete, dated in the chapter-house of the monastery of St. Mary, Glastonbury, 15 May, 1470, in the presence of masters Hugh Sugar, LL.D. and John Pope, S.T.D., (fn. 16) canons residentiary of Wells, and John Hobbys, (fn. 17) M.A., perpetual vicar of Budcley (recte Budeley), witnesses, and setting forth that for many years there had been litigation between the said abbots John and Nicholas and the convent, of the one part, and masters (fn. 18) Roger Wodehill, John Stone and John Lax, rectors of Strete, and afterwards between the said abbot John and the convent and the said John Lax and William Bokett, about the tithes of the park of Sherphan', and the woods and places called Eststretemore and Weststretemore, in the said diocese, and of certain meadows and pastures bordering on the said park on the east, (fn. 19) the said master (fn. 20) Roger, John, and John, and the said Sir William alleging that the said park, woods and places were within the parish of Strete at the bounds of the said parish, (fn. 21) and that the tithes thereof belonged therefore to them and the said parish church, whereas the predecessors of the said abbot John and abbot John himself and the convent alleged that the said park, woods and places were within the parishes of the parish churches of St. John Baptist, Glastonbury, and St. Benignus de Mere, in the said diocese, united to the said monastery, as also clearly appears by the tenor of a bull of pope Martin. (fn. 22) The said abbot John and the convent, therefore, and the said William Bokett in order to end the said litigation etc., have made an agreement as follows, to wit, that the tithes of the said park and woods and places called Eststretemore and Weststretemore shall belong to the said abbot John and the convent, and their successors, by reason of the said united parish churches, and in no wise to the said William Bokett, or his successors, by right or title of the said church of Strete, and that the tithes of two meadows and closes commonly called Auenesclose and Rwclose, of the demesne of the said monastery, lying on and adjoining the east side of the said meadow, and also the tithes of two other meadows and closes called Newman closis, almost contiguous to the aforesaid two meadows and closes on the east side, shall belong to the said William Bokett and his successors by right, title and name of the said parish church of Strete, and then, to wit, from the said four meadows and closes, the tithes of the other meadows and closes adjacent on the east side to the same four meadows and closes, as far as and including the meadow or close commonly called Grovegrove [sic], situate on the north side of the grange of the mansion (?) of Strete, shall belong to the said abbot John and the convent, and their successors, by the right, title and name of the said parish church of St. John (fn. 23); also agreed and promised to do their best to get the foregoing agreement confirmed by authority of the diocesan and the pope. They have also agreed that all muniments, instruments etc. which they have obtained contrary to the present agreement shall be null and void so far as concerns the gain or loss of any of the said parties or their successors, etc., and that they will make no use of them, etc. Further, the said abbot John and the convent and the said rector, William Bokett, for the better observance of the foregoing, submit themselves and their successors, as far as regards the present agreement, to the jurisdiction [and] correction of Robert, bishop of Bath and Wells, and his official principal, and their successors, etc. In testimony of all which the said abbot John and the convent have to the present indented letters, dated as above, caused their common seal to be set, and the said rector William Bokett, having no known or authentic seal of his own, has caused the seal of the official of the episcopal consistory of Wells to be set, one half of the said letters remaining in possession of each of the said parties, and their successors. Whereupon the said parties have presented the said letters of agreement to the said Hugh Sugar, vicar-general in spirituals of bishop Robert, the said bishop being without his diocese in remote parts, praying him to confirm the said agreement by authority of his office, which he has done accordingly on the same day and in the same place, in the presence of masters John Pope and John Hobbys, witnesses. In testimony of which he has set the seal of his said office to these presents, the day and place aforesaid.
Pope Paul having died before his letters were drawn up, the pope decrees that the present letters shall suffice to prove the said pope's confirmation etc. Ad perp. rei mem. Rationi congruit. [11 pp.]

Footnotes

  • 1. On the back of the volume: Anno 1. Libro 1, i.e. the same as on the back of the preceding register.
  • 2. Not quoad viveres, as in the next item.
  • 3. bullam plumbeam a litteris prefatis absciderit.
  • 4. Except that More's dispensation is not expressly stated to be ‘quoad vixeris.’
  • 5. fratri hospitalis sive domus de Assherugge institutionis bonorum hominum nuncupate ordinis sancti Augustini.
  • 6. But here without ‘quoad vixeris.’
  • 7. exposito quod licet vos a dominica septuagesime cuiuslibet anni usque ad festum Resurrectionis domini nostri Iesu Christi, juxta constitutiones pie memorie Benedicti pape xii predecessoris nostri ab esu carnium teneremini abstinere, prout [h]actenus per vos extiterat laudabiliter observatum, tamen quia monasterium vestrum Croylandie ordinis sancti Benedicti Lincolniensis diocesis in septentrionali Anglie plaga in insula quadam consistebat, inme(n)sa palude ac heremo vasta [sic] undique circumceptum [sic], ita ut adiacens terra pallustris ad sex vel septem miliaria per circuitum nullius grani esset fertillis [sic] nec apta frugibus aut culture, sed quod inibi degencium alimenta semper de foris oporteret aduectari, tempore etiam yemali rigido ingruente gelu, quod quandoque per duos vel tres menses usque ad inicium mensis Marcii solebat perdurare, tanta glaciorum constrictione habitatores insulle [sic] predicte erant inclusi, ut neque eis libera facultas esset exeundi, nec aliunde nauigio vel veiculis necessaria sibi commode poterant aportari, adeo ut solicitudine acquirendorum victualium egre ferentes pre enicietate [? recte anxietate] spiritus et anguria [i.e. angaria] cotidianum diuini seruicii pensum seu onus vix sine murmure seu mentis angustia valerent adimplere, unde et in processionibus letanniis [sic] missis et aliis deuotis precibus pro tanta clade remouenda peculiares et cothidianas oraciones offerre deo secus cohortarentur [recte cohartarentur, i.e. coartarentur]. Et demum eidem Paulo predecessori etiam pro parte vestra humiliter supplicato ut necessitati vestre super hoc de oportuno remedio providere de benignitate apostolica dignaretur, idem Paulus predecessor huiusmodi supplicationibus inclinatus, videlicet tercio Kalendas Aprilis pontificatus sui anno septimo, ut tu fili abbas et successores tui dicti monasterii abbates illiusque conventus necnon persone qui inibi professionem decetero emisissent regularem a dicta dominica Septuagesime, que adhuc duran(te) in illis partibus glaciali rigore maxime solebat deuenire, usque ad dominicam Quinquagesime ex tunc proxime sequentis inclusiue singulis diebus in quibus alias ex precepto ecclesie esus carnium non erat interdictus carnibus vesci libere et licite possetis et valeretis, quibuscunque constitutionibusnequaquam obstantibus, vobis et illis auctoritate apostolica indulsit.
  • 8. ad locum non insignem ad quem ipsis abbati et conventui tutus non patebat accessus.
  • 9. ? recte Kenyngull.
  • 10. necnon verum valorem annuum fructuum reddituum et proventuum monasterii sancti Augustini extra muros Cantuarien(ses) Romane ecclesie immediate subjecti ordinis sancti Benedicti, cui preesse dinosceris, dummodo octuaginta librarum sterlingorum secundum communem extimacionem valorem annuum non excedant, presentibus pro expresso habentes.
  • 11. Balfrido, presumably for Galfrido.
  • 12. de certis parco silvis ac loco dicte diocesis.
  • 13. loca.
  • 14. Again ‘loca.’
  • 15. compositionem, here and throughout the bull.
  • 16. Hugone Sugar ll’ [i.e. legum] ac Johanne Pope sacre theologie doctoribus.
  • 17. With the same capital form of s as in ‘masnii,’ below.
  • 18. magistros; cf. below.
  • 19. in et de parco de Sherphan’ de [sic] silvisque ac locis vocatis E. etW. prefate diocesis, necnon in et de certis pratis pascuis et pasturis dicto parco orientaliter convicinis.
  • 20. magistro,? recte magistris; cf. above.
  • 21. infra parrochiam ecclesie parrochialis de Strete ad ipsius parrochie fines et limites consistere.
  • 22. prout etiam ex tenore bulle Martini pape desuper confecte et que [? recte atque] concesse liquet manifeste. Not in Cal. Pap. Lett. i (Martin iv) nor vii (Martin v).
  • 23.
  • 24. Item quod quilibet rector dicte ecclesie parrochialis de Strete presens et futurus habebit singulis annis futuris in perpetuum quibus rectorem ipsum continue in cura et ecclesia suis predictis seu ad omne minus per tres anni terminos continuos vel discontinuos personaliter residere continget decem ligatas focalium.
  • 25. lignis.
  • 26. suboscho [sic; cf. below].
  • 27. prepositi.
  • 28. bigatas focalium.
  • 29. de subosco.
  • 30. bigata.
  • 31. alias duntaxat thamum [recte thaurum] hujusmodi.