Lateran Regesta 745: 1475

Pages 404-411

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. DCCXLV. (fn. 1)

4 Sixtus IV.

De Diversis.

5 Kal. May.
(27 April.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 5r.)
To the bishop of Coventry and Lichfield (fn. 2). Mandate, as below. The recent petition of Nicholas Agard of Newburgh in the county of Stafford, layman, and Isabel Verno[n] of Cubley, mulier, of the said bishop's diocese, contained that in ignorance of any impediment they contracted marriage per verba legitime de presenti, and that, after they had learned that they were related in the second degree of affinity (because the said Isabel had been the wife of the late Nicholas Mongoberi [sic], who was related to the said Nicholas Agard in the second degree of kindred), they have continued in the said marriage for about seven years, and have meanwhile carnally known one another divers times. The pope, therefore, hereby orders the above bishop to absolve them from the crime of not abstaining after learning the said affinity, enjoining a salutary penance, and dispense them to remain in the said marriage, decreeing the offspring to be born thereof legitimate. Oblate nobis. [1 p.]
4 Non. Jan.
(2 Jan.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 37v.)
To William Graybaru(n), perpetual vicar of Holbech in the diocese of Lincoln, S.T.M. Dispensation to receive and retain for life with the said vicarage any one other benefice, or if he resign the said vicarage any two other benefices, with cure or otherwise incompatible, even if two parish churches, etc., or dignities, etc., and to resign them, simply or for exchange, as often as he pleases. Litterarum scientia, vite etc. [1 p.]
(f. 38r.)
To Robert Paman, rector of Chevyngton in the diocese of Norwich. The like, mutatis mutandis. Vite etc. [1⅓ pp.]
13 Kal March.
(17 Feb.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 48v.)
To Giles Redemane, rector of Bentham in the diocese of York, bachelor in decrees. The like. Litterarum etc. [1⅓ pp.]
5 Id. March.
(11 March.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 53r.)
To John Ware, perpetual vicar of Pidelltrithide in the diocese of Salisbury, bachelor in decrees. The like. Litterarum etc. [1½ pp.]
Prid. Id. March.
(14 March.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 54v.)
To the abbot of Culros in the diocese of Dunblane, and the dean and the treasurer of Dunblane. Mandate, as below. The recent petition of Robert Foster, perpetual vicar of Steynston in the diocese of Glasgow, contained that William Blar, priest, of the said diocese, falsely related to William Elfi[n]ston, deputed as official of Glasgow by the chapter, the see being void, that the said Robert was bound to pay him six marks of silver of the usual money of Scotland, out of a sum of sixteen similar marks owing to him, as he falsely alleged (fn. 3); that the said official, without taking due cognizance of the said allegation, etc., monished and ordered the said Robert, under pain of excommunication, to make satisfaction in respect of the said six marks, from which monition and mandate he appealed to the apostolic see; that, upon his not obeying the said monition and mandate, the said chapter, in contempt of the said appeal, ordered and caused him to be proclaimed excommunicate, wherefore he has again appealed to the said see. The pope, therefore, hereby orders the above three to summon the said William Blar and others concerned, grant the said Robert, if and as far as is just, absolution from the said sentence of excommunication, hear both sides and, taking cognizance of the principal matter also, decide what is just, without appeal, causing their decision to be observed by ecclesiastical censure. Humilibus etc. (fn. 4) [1¾ pp.]
6 Kal. May.
(26 April.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 63v.)
To John Goldsmyth, rector of St. Andrew's, Hamtyll, in the diocese of Lincoln. Dispensation, as above, f. 37v., mutatis mutandis. Vite etc. [2 pp.]
(f. 64v.)
To William Blamyre, rector of St. Michael's, Estyngton, in the diocese of Worcester. The like. Vite etc. [2 pp.]
(f. 65v.)
To Hugh Bootyll, perpetual vicar of St. Mary's, Potterne (Poterna), in the diocese of Salisbury, LL.B. The like. Litterarum etc. [2 pp.]
Kal. June.
(1 June.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 90r.)
To John Bakger [sic], perpetual vicar of Melkesham in the diocese of Salisbury. Indult for ten years to take the fruits etc. of the said vicarage and of any other benefice which he may hold in future, even if a parish church etc., the daily distributions alone excepted, whilst residing in the Roman court or one of his benefices, or engaged in the service of some prelate or temporal lord, or in the study of letters in an university, not to be bound meanwhile to reside in the said vicarage, etc., and to let etc. the said fruits to any persons, even laymen, for two years; notwithstanding the oath which he has taken to reside in the said vicarage, etc. Vite etc.
Concurrent mandate to the precentors of Salisbury and Bath and Wells. Hodie dilecto filio Johanni Baker. [3¼ pp.]
7 Kal. June.
(26 May.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 95v.)
To the provost of the church of Linclowden in the diocese of Glasgow. Mandate, as below. The recent petition of Roger de Carrudris, perpetual vicar of the parish church, John Beuyn, vicar of the house of St. Francis, O. Min., and Robert Macbrayr, layman, provost and official of the burgh, of Drunfresse [in the diocese of] Glasgow, contained that (fn. 5) the late William Hanson, layman, an inhabitant of the said burgh, bequeathed by his last will and testament certain annual rents on certain houses etc. of his, situate in the said burgh and its district, for the wages of a chaplain who should be bound to say mass thrice a week in perpetuity in the chapel of St. Thomas in the said burgh, and willed that the said rents should be collected and paid to the said chaplain by the vicars of the said church and house and the provost [and] official, a layman, of the said burgh, for the time being, (fn. 6) as is more fully contained in a certain public instrument. Seeing however that, as the said petition added, the said chapel is utterly destroyed by wars, fire and age, that divine offices are not celebrated in it, that there is great resort of the faithful to the chapel of St. Mary in the said burgh, that therein God works divers miracles, and that therefore the said Roger, John and Robert, the present administrators of the said fruits or executors of the said will, desire the said masses to be celebrated in future, not in the said chapel of St. Thomas, but in that of St. Mary, the pope hereby orders the above provost of Linclowden to summon those concerned, and if he find the facts to be as stated, to ordain that in future the said masses shall be celebrated, not in the said chapel of St. Thomas, but in that of St. Mary. A superno paterfamilias. [1 p.]
15 Kal. May.
(17 April.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 106r.)
To the prior of Bridgetown (Ville pontis) in the diocese of Cloyne (Clonen.), and Dermit Okiwe, a canon of Cloyne. Mandate, as below. The recent petition of Leonard, abbot, and the convent of Molana (de Insula sancti Molanfyd), O.S.A., in the diocese of Lismore, contained that although divine worship is daily increasing in the said monastery, its fruits etc. are insufficient for the maintenance of its canons, etc., and the repair of its buildings, which are falling into ruin, etc.; and added that if the fruits etc. of the rectories of Dyriwillay and Kyldaryey and Balmyloca and of Dagendonywayn, in the diocese of Cloyne, which belong to the priors of St. Catherine's without the walls of Waterford and Kahirdunaheascy, of the said order and in the diocese of Lismore, (fn. 7) and are wont to be granted to farm to secular clerks under yearly payment, (fn. 8) were granted to farm to the said abbot and convent for the said abbot's lifetime for the same payments, with some increase thereof, the said abbot and convent would thereby receive some relief, and that it would be to the evident utility of the said monasteries of St. Catherine and Kahyrdunaheascy. The pope, therefore, hereby orders the above two to summon the priors and convents of St. Catherine's and Kahirdyinaheascy, and others concerned, and if they find the facts to be as stated, to grant the said fruits etc. to the said abbot Leonard and convent, as above, with power to exact and levy them. Debitum pastoralis officii. [1½ pp.]
14 Kal. May.
(18 April.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 106v.)
Faculty to the chapters of the united churches of Lismore and Waterford, as below. Their recent petition to the pope contained that when a cathedral church, even a metropolitan church in Ireland (which is very remote (fn. 9) from the Roman court) becomes void, two or three years sometimes elapse before provision is made of a bishop by the apostolic see, wherefore, during the voidance of such see, some laymen of those parts inflict many injuries and losses on the tenants, (fn. 10) clergy and goods of the churches, such clergy are left without correction and visitation, etc., and are remiss in celebrating divine worship therein, some of them by their own temerity and sometimes with the support of lay power intrude themselves in void benefices, and many other scandals and perils arise, so that the prelate who is subsequently appointed to the said churches can with great difficulty provide, and never completely. (fn. 11) The pope, therefore, hereby grants faculty to the said chapters in future for ever, whenever and as long as their said churches are void, to defend them and their goods, and their tenants and episcopal rights, against any soever persons, ecclesiastical or secular, visit and correct ecclesiastical persons thereof and delinquent clergy and laymen, and punish delinquents, until the apostolic letters of provision of the bishop appointed have been presented, (fn. 12) etc.; compelling contradictors by ecclesiastical censure, without appeal, etc. Ad perp. rei mem. Cunctis olbis [sic] ecclesiis meritis licet insufficientibus disponente domino presidentes. [2 pp.]

(f. 114v.)
To George G. htred, (fn. 13) rector of St. Peter and Paul's, Stokesley, in the diocese of York. Dispensation, as above, f. 37v., but unfinished and therefore undated. Vite etc. [2/3 p.]
18 Kal. June.
(15 May.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 115r.)
To Thomas Stewart, rector of St. Oswald's, King and Martyr, de Rokkehampton, (fn. 14) in the diocese of Worcester, bachelor in decrees. Dispensation, as above, f. 37v., mutatis mutandis. Litterarum etc. [2 pp.]
6 Id. June.
(8 June.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 126v.)
To Thomas Fors, priest, of the diocese of Bath and Wells. Indult, at his recent petition (containing that priests who are not endowed with suitable learning and discretion for the rule of souls are, not only when willing, but also against their will, compelled by some prelates of churches in England to the rule of parish churches and the exercise of the cure of souls, the most difficult of arts, to the perpetual depravity of the souls of the parishioners and the priests themselves; and that he, who knows that he is unfit to exercise the burden of such cure, fears that he may be compelled by such prelates to undertake the said burden), (fn. 15) that he cannot by any prelate, even an archbishop or a bishop, be compelled against his will to exercise the cure of souls of any parish church, and be bound, on that account, by any ecclesiastical sentences and pains. Consueuit apostolice sedis prouidencia. [4/5 p.]

4 Sixtus IV.

17 Kal. July.
(15 June.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 127r.)
To Thomas Tomyow, clerk, of the diocese of Exeter. Dispensation to him, who is in his twentieth year, to receive forthwith and retain any benefice with cure or otherwise requiring priest's orders, even if a parish church or a perpetual vicarage, etc., and to resign it, simply or for exchange, as often as he pleases, notwithstanding the said defect of age, etc. Vite etc. [1 p.]
11 Kal. July.
(21 June.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 127v.)
To Thomas Taylardi, rector called warden of the church called the college of St. Mary, North zeuell’ alias Northgiull’ (fn. 16), in the diocese of Lincoln, S.T.B. Dispensation, as above, f. 37v., mutatis mutandis. (fn. 17)Litterarum etc. [12/3 pp.]
6 Non. May.
(2 May.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 162v.)
To John Scutt, rector of Donyngton (fn. 18) in the diocese of York [sic]. The like, mutatis mutandis. Vite etc. [14/5 pp.]
(f. 163r.)
To John More, rector of Northbovy in the diocese of Exeter, M.A. The like. Litterarum etc. [1½ pp.]
(f. 164r.)
To John Vowell, perpetual vicar of Flore in the diocese of Lincoln, licentiate in laws. The like. Litterarum etc. [1¼ pp.]
Kal. June.
(1 June.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 178v.)
To David Frampton, perpetual vicar of Bawell in the diocese of Bath and Wells. The like. Vite etc. [1½ pp.]
Prid. Non. Jan.
(4 Jan.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 222r.)
To the dean of Segorve (Segobien.). Mandate, as below. It was lately set forth to the pope on behalf of John Manyngham, perpetual vicar of the parish church of Ladeystaffre in the diocese of Norwich, M.A., that although he had suffered and was then suffering, as he still does, a defect or deformity in his left shoulder, arm and hand, namely, because they were less large and fleshy or agile and somewhat shorter than his right arm, shoulder and hand, nevertheless, (fn. 19) without making mention of the said defect or deformity, and without having obtained any canonical dispensation therefor, he had had himself promoted to all, even holy and priest's orders, and had obtained, otherwise canonically collated to him, the perpetual vicarage of the said church and some other benefices with and without cure, and was then in possession of them, taking the fruits in good faith, had ministered in the orders which he had received, [even] in the ministry of the altar, and had administered the sacraments to the parishioners of the said church and other benefices which had cure, with praise and consolation of the souls of the said parishioners, (fn. 20) and without grave scandal, as he believed; and it being added on his behalf in the said statement that he feared lest as he grew old the strength and agility in the said left shoulder etc. might diminish, (fn. 21) the present pope abolished all disability etc. contracted by him on account of the foregoing, ratified all grants and collations, etc., alike of the said vicarage as of his said other benefices, etc., dispensed him to minister in all the orders received by him, even priest's orders, even in the ministry of the altar, and retain the vicarage of the said [sic] church of St. Margaret (fn. 22) and any other benefices with or without cure which he was holding, and to receive (fn. 23) and retain any other benefices which should be collated etc. to him, exercise the cure of souls of the parishioners of the said vicarage and other benefices, (fn. 24) and administer the sacraments to the said parishioners. The recent petition of the said John contained that at the time of the said letters his left hand and arm were crooked, (fn. 25) as they are at present, of which no mention was made in the said letters, therefore he fears lest they be held to be surreptitious. The pope, therefore, hereby orders the above dean, if there be not too great a deformity, to grant to the said John (who alleges that he is a carnal brother by both parents of Oliver Manyngham, knight, nobleman), that the said letters and their consequences may hold good from the date of these presents, etc., as if it had been mentioned therein that the said left hand and arm were partly crooked. (fn. 26)Litterarum scientia, vite etc. [2 pp. The letter is without the usual subscriptions at the beginning and the end, and is cancelled with a diagonal stroke through each of the two pages.]
8 Kal. March.
(22 Feb.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 239r.)
To John, abbot, and the convent of Reding, O.S.B., in the diocese of Salisbury. Indult, at their recent petition (containing that Clement III granted an indult to the abbot of the said monastery that he and his successors could wear the mitre, ring, gloves, dalmatic, tunic and sandals), that the said abbot and his successors may in the said monastery and its subject priories, and in parish and other churches belonging to the abbot and convent, bless any vestments, palls, corporals and other ornaments or garments sacerdotal, (fn. 27) and give solemn benediction after mass vespers and matins, provided that no bishop or legate of the apostolic see be present. Exposcit vestre deuotionis sinceritas. [1½ pp.]


  • 1. On the back of the volume: Anno 4. Libro 2.
  • 2. The address had ‘Cicestren.’ This is cancelled and initialled ‘A,’ and in the margin is: ‘A. Conuentren. et Lichefelden. Cass(atum) et cor(rectum) de mandato s(anctissimi) d(omini) n(ostri) Sy(mon) [archiepiscopus] Patracen(sis), de Petra’, which ought perhaps to have been ‘de mandato Sy(monis) [archiepiscopi] Patracensis,’ the words ‘sanctissimi domini nostri’ [sc. pape] having been written in error. Cf. below, f. 162v.
  • 3. sex marchas argenti usualis monete regni Scotie de summa sexdecim marcharum similium eidem Guillermo Blar ut falso asserebat debita ex causa tunc expressa dare et soluere tenebatur.
  • 4. i.e. Humilibus supplicam votis.
  • 5. Exhibita siquidem nobis nuper pro parte dilectorum filiorum Rogerii de Carrudris perpetui parrochialis ecclesic et Johannis Beuyn domus sancti Francisci ordinis fratrum minorum vicariorum ac Roberti Macbrayr laici prepositi et officialis burgi de Drunfresse Glasguensis [diocesis] continebat quod
  • 6. ac voluit quod huiusmodi redditus per ecclesie et domus vicarios ac prepositum [et] officialem laicum burgi predictorum pro tempore existentes colligerentur et eidem capellano soluerentur
  • 7. ordin(is) et Lismoren(sis) dioc(esis) corundem, the word ‘Lismoren(sis)’ having been inserted in the margin.
  • 8. sub annua responsione.
  • 9. remotissima.
  • 10. colonis.
  • 11. cum magna difficultate immo in omnibus nunquam prouidere potest, the word ‘immo’ having been inserted in the margin.
  • 12. ac personas ecclesiasticas earundem ecclesiarum et clerum ac laicos delinquentes durante vacatione huiusmodi visitandi et corrigendi, ac delinquentes iuxta excessuum et criminum exigentiam, donec presulis ad easdem ecclesias prefecti littere presentate apostolice sue prouisionis fuerint, puniendi ….. concedimus facultatem.
  • 13. Between the ‘G’ and the ‘h’ is a correction, the effect of which is to obscure the second letter, or the second and third letters.
  • 14. In the text of the bull it is miswritten ‘de Kkchompton,’ i.e. with ‘Ro’ omitted, in addition to other defective spelling.
  • 15. Cum itaque, sicut pro parte tua nobis nuper exhibita peticio continebat, nonnulli ecclesiarum regni Anglie prelati presbyteros persepe litterarum sciencia et discrecione oportuna ad regimen animarum minime preditos non solum volentes sed inuitos ad ecclesiarum parrochialium regimina et cure animarum exercicium, inter alias artes difficilimum, cogere et compellere non vereantur, in parrochianorum et ipsorum presbyterorum animarum perpetuam [ill written] dep[ra]uacionem perniciosum populi exemplum et scandalum plurimorum, tuque, qui ad honus cure huiusmodi exercendum te inabilem et insuficientem cognoscis, dubites per huiusmodi prelatos ad honus cure predicte suscipiendum compelli, Nos
  • 16. The text of the bull has Northgiuell'.
  • 17. e.g. ‘with the said church called a college,’ instead of ‘with the said vicarage.’
  • 18. The address had ‘Nonburnham alias Nonburnhome.’ This is cancelled and initialled ‘Jo,’ and in the margin is: ‘de Donyngton. Cassata et correcta de mandato Sy(monis) [archiepiscopi] Patracen(sis) pro reverendissimo domino vicecancellario. Jo. Gerona.’ The same correction is made in the five other places where the name occurs.
  • 19. LitterarumJohannes Manyngham perpetuus vicarius parrochialis ecclesie de Ladeystaffre Norwicensis diocesis magister in artibusDudum siquidem pro parte dicti Johannis nobis exposito quod licet in humero brachio et manu suis sinistris defectum seu deformitatem aliquam passus fuisset tuncque pateretur prout illam patitur de presenti utputa quia humerus manus et brachium predicta minus grossa et carnosa aut agilia et aliqualiter breuiora brachio humero et manu suis dexteris existebant, tamen
  • 20. cum laude et consolacione animarum ipsorum parrochianorum et sine graui scandalo prout credebat.
  • 21. et in eadem exposicione subiuncto quod ipse ingrauescente etate dubitabat potenciam et agilitatem in humero brachio et manu suis sinistris huiusmodi minores et debiliores fieri.
  • 22. vicariam dicte ecclesie sancte Margarete, This is the first mention of the dedication in the present bull, but possibly it has been accidently omitted above. From Vol. XI, p. 575, we learn that John Manyngham's vicarage was that of St. Margaret; Lowestoft.
  • 23. percipere, recte recipere.
  • 24. curam animarum parrochianorum predicte [recte vicarie] et aliorum beneficiorum predictorum.
  • 25. curua.
  • 26. in parte curua.
  • 27. vestimenta pallas corporalia et alia ornamenta seu indumenta sacerdotalia quecunque benedicere.