Vatican Regesta 566: 1474

Pages 37-38

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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Bullarum Communium Lib. XVI. Tom. XXI.

4 Sixtus IV.

10 Kal. Jan.
(23 Dec.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 239v.)
To John, bishop of Urbino (Urbinat.), residing in the Roman court. Mandate, as below. The recent petition of Robert Froster [sic], priest, of the diocese of Glasgow, contained that (after Paul II's reservation of absolution from all sentences etc. against simoniacs), on the voidance of the perpetual vicarage of Stenston in the said diocese by the death of John Blar without the Roman court, the patrons thereof, abbot William and the convent of Kyllvynnyn, O.S.B., in the same diocese, presented him, who was abbot William's nephew, to the bishop of Glasgow, and afterwards to William Elphinston, the bishop's vicar in spirituals, with the latter of whom he made a bargain that if he presented him he would bind himself to pay a yearly sum of money (not expressed) to William Blar, priest, of the said diocese, which he did after he had been instituted, thereby incurring simony etc., subsequently obtaining possession of the said vicarage, which he has held for about two years. The pope, therefore, orders the above bishop to absolve him from simony, etc., and rehabilitate him, and to collate and assign the vicarage to him, value 9l. sterling. Consuevit sedis apostolice copiosa. (In the margin: Jan.) [5½ pp.]
6 Kal. Nov.
(27 Oct.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 245v.)
Validation, as below. Pius II dispensed John Manynghan, perpetual vicar of St. Margaret's, Lowystoffte, in the diocese of Norwich, M.A., to hold for life with the said vicarage any other benefice, or without the vicarage any two other benefices with cure or otherwise incompatible, and to resign or exchange them, the said dispensation stating that the value of the said vicarage did not exceed 26 marks sterling, and that John was of noble birth [Cal. Papal Lett., vol. xi. p. 575]. At his recent petition, containing that if the salary of a chaplain to serve the said church and other burdens etc. be deducted the said value does not exceed 26 marks sterling, but that it is greater if they be not deducted, and that although John's mother was of noble birth, his father was not, the pope hereby (seeing that John would have obtained the said dispensation from the said pope with equal ease, notwithstanding the said statements, especially because he is an Englishman, and because the said pope and preceding popes have been more liberal in granting such dispensations to Englishmen than to those of other nations) (fn. 1) validates the said dispensation from the date thereof. Ad fut. rei mem. Decens reputamus. (In the margin: Decembris.) [3¼ pp.]


  • 1. litteras dispensationis predictas ab eodem predecessore eque faciliter habuisset, presertim cum Anglice nationis existat, erga cuius homines prefactus Pius et alii Romani pontifices predecessores nostri in huiusmodi dispensationibus concedendis liberaliores quam erga homines aliarum nationum se exhibere consueverunt.