Vatican Regesta 574: 1476-1477

Pages 49-53

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. DLXXIV.

Bullarum Communium Lib. XXIV. Tom. XXIX.

5 Sixtus IV.

5 Id. Feb.
(9 Feb.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 13v.)
To the archdeacon of Clonmacnoise (Clonen., recte Cluanen.) and Hobertus Diluyn and Eugenius Omellion, canons of the same. Mandate, as below. The pope has been informed by James Machochlan [sic] clerk, of the diocese of Clonmacnoise, that Edmund Origne, perpetual vicar of Fuyer’ in that diocese, of lay patronage, made a bargain whereby he paid a moiety of the fruits etc. of the vicarage to James Oduurla alias Yamyl, (fn. 1) priest, of the said diocese, who claimed a right in it, and who in return therefor left him in peaceable possession, whereby Edmund has incurred simony and sentences of excommunication etc. The pope, therefore, orders the above three, if Machochlan (who, notwithstanding his illegitimacy, as the son of unmarried parents, has been made a clerk under a dispensation by authority of the ordinary, and who alleges that the patrons of the vicarage have not been wont to present to it when it became void) will accuse Edmund before them, to summon Edmund and others concerned, and if they find the foregoing to be true, to deprive and remove him, and in that event to collate and assign the vicarage, value 8 marks sterling, to Machochlan, who is hereby dispensed to receive it, and to be promoted to all holy, even priest's orders, notwithstanding the said defect, etc. Vite etc. (In the margin: Fe.) [3 pp., +.]
9 Kal. June.
(24 May.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 53r.)
Appointment of John, abbot of St. Mary's, Abingdon, O.S.B., in the diocese of Salisbury, master in theology, as papal nuncio and commissary to king Edward and his peoples etc., and collector in England and Calais, (fn. 2) etc., especially of the offerings of those who have not been able to go to Rome in person in order to gain the indulgences of the Jubilee; the said offerings to be used for the maintenance of a fleet and army against the Turks. Ad fut. rei mem. Divinus amor. [4 pp. +.]
(f. 55r.)
The like, mutatis mutandis, e.g. with the substitution of Edward prince of Wales, son of king Edward, and the principality of Wales (fn. 3), etc. Ad fut. rei mem. Divinus amor. [4 pp.]
(f. 57r.)
To John, abbot … theology (as above), nuncio and commissary of the pope and the apostolic see to the island of Ireland. Mandate (the pope having learned that many bishops etc. in Ireland, especially those who obtained their prelacies by secular power and favour, neglect to teach the people, etc.) to go to the said island, and to visit and reform, correct, etc., the cathedral, collegiate and other churches, and the monasteries etc., and the primates, archbishops, bishops, abbots etc. thereof; with the necessary faculties and powers. Constituti juxta verbum. [5 pp.]
(f. 60r.)
Appointment as above, f. 53r., mutatis mutandis, e.g. without mention of king Edward, and with the substitution of the dominion and island of Ireland. Ad fut. rei mem. Di[vi]nus amor. [4⅓ pp.]
(f. 62r.)
Suspension, in furtherance of the mission of the above abbot, for one year from the day of the publication of the Jubilee year, of all indulgences in England, Wales and Ireland; with limitation of certain abuses arising out of the pope's letters in the form of a brief (fn. 4) granting to all persons of the Order of Friars Minors and St. Clare the indulgence of the Jubilee, etc.; the pope hereby declaring that the said grants apply only to those who were in the said Order at the time thereof, and not to those who have been since admitted. Ad fut. rei mem. In apostolice dignitatis specula. [2 pp.]
(f. 63r.)
To John, abbot … theology (as above), nuncio and commissary of the pope and the apostolic see to the realm of England [and the dominion] of Wales and the islands to them adjacent. (fn. 5) Mandate to visit the monasteries, priories, houses, hospitals etc. of all Orders in the said realm and dominion (fn. 6) etc., reform, correct, etc.; with the necessary faculties etc. Regimini universalis ecclesie. (In the margin: Non taxata.) [4¼ pp.]
(f. 66r.)
To John, abbot … theology (as above), nuncio and commissary of the pope and the apostolic see to the realm of England, to Wales, to Ireland, and to the islands to them adjacent. (fn. 7) Faculty to absolve seculars and regulars from sentences of excommunication etc. incurred for simony, e.g. in obtaining benefices, in being promoted to orders, etc.; dispense those already ordained to minister in their orders; dispense others to be promoted, even to holy orders, and to hold benefices, etc.; and make fresh collations, etc. Those to whom benefices simoniacally obtained are collated anew are to make to him or his commissary satisfaction for fruits wrongfully received, and for the annates. Cum nos te ad regnum. [6 pp.]
12 Kal. March.
(19 Feb.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 112r.)
To the archdeacon of Cashel. Mandate, as below. The recent petition of John Karne, canon of St. Mary's, Kells (de Kenlis), O.S.A., in the diocese of Ossory, contained that on the said priory again becoming void in the same way as when it was conferred in commendam by papal grant on the late William, bishop of Emly, the canons elected the said John, who consented to the election and had it confirmed by the bishop of Ossory, obtained possession and still detains it, and has received the fruits in good faith for more than two years, but now doubts the validity of his election and confirmation. The pope therefore orders the above archdeacon to collate and assign the said priory, conventual, elective and with cure, value 120 marks sterling, to John, after he has resigned it. Dignum arbitramur. (In the margin: Mar.) [3 pp.]
7 Kal. April.
(26 March.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 154v.)
To the abbot of St. Mary's, Ryllteanna (? recte Kyllteanna) in the diocese of Kilfenora (Fynobaren.), and the official of Killaloe (Laonien.). Mandate, as below. The pope has been informed by Maurice Obryen’, clerk, of the diocese of Killaloe, that [John] (fn. 8) Oflanygan, rector of the parish church of Kyllfearbi and Colleboum, called Obracayn, in the said diocese, has alienated its goods, is a notorious fornicator and has committed simony with Donatus Obryen, clerk, of the said diocese, by paying him money in order that he should not prosecute the right which he claimed to have to the said church; and the pope has learned that a canonry and prebend of Kilfenora (Fynoburen.) have been so long void that there is no certain knowledge of the mode of their voidance, and that their collation has lapsed to the apostolic see, although Thomas Otombayg (who behaves as a canon of the said church, and is illegitimate, being the son of the present bishop of Kilfenora and an unmarried woman) has under pretext of a collation by the said bishop, and without dispensation, unlawfully detained them for between two and three years. The pope, therefore, orders the above two (namely, the said official, if Maurice will accuse Oflanigan before him, to summon Oflanigan, and if he find the foregoing to be true to deprive and remove him from the said rectory; and the said abbot, if he find the said canonry and prebend [of Kilfenora] to be void), to erect, if the chapter of Killaloe consent, the said rectory for the lifetime of Maurice into a prebend of Killaloe, and to collate and assign a canonry of Killaloe, and the prebend thus erected, and also the said lapsed canonry and prebend of Kilfenora, value 16 and 1 marks sterling respectively, to Maurice, who is by both parents of noble birth. Dignum arbitramur. (In the margin: Maij.) [6¼ pp.]

6 Sixtus IV.

12 Kal. April.
(21 March.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 266r.)
Decree, etc., as below. Pius II was informed by Anthony de Eugubio (proctor of the physician of the present pope, at that time physician of pope Pius) that in the time of Martin V the late Henry, cardinal priest of St. Eusebius's, called the cardinal of England, had had divers sums of money amounting to 7023l. 6s. 8d. arising from certain indulgences granted by pope Martin, and had spent the same in hiring men-at-arms and archers to fight against the Bohemians and Hussites, but, instead of sending them for that purpose, [had lent] them to the late Henry, king of England; that he recovered the said sums, but died before he restored them to the apostolic Camera, to which they belonged; and that the property of the said cardinal and the said sums passed to the late John, cardinal priest of St. Balbina's, called the cardinal of York, and, upon that cardinal's death, to his executor, Thomas, bishop of London, who was therefore bound to restore the said sums to the said Camera. Pope Pius, therefore, gave commission to the late James de Mucciarellis, a canon of St. Peter's, Rome, and auditor-general of the Camera, to proceed against the said bishop, but after the said auditor had taken some proceedings, short however of a conclusion, the said pope, at the instance of the said bishop (who alleged that he was not bound to the said Camera, and who offered to stand his trial before any judge in England), annulled all the auditor's proceedings, and ordered the bishop of Exeter to inform himself in the presence of a notary public in regard to the foregoing allegations, and without delay to send a report to the pope, drawn up in the form of a public instrument and closed with his seal, in execution of which mandate, George, bishop of Exeter, sent a report to pope Paul II in the manner prescribed, from which it is clear that the said cardinal Henry never had the said sums. The pope, therefore, having had the said report inspected and examined by the presidents and clerks of the Camera, and having learned from their report that it is clear that the Camera had no right on account of the foregoing against the heirs of the said cardinals and the said bishop Thomas, hereby decrees that the heirs and successors of the said cardinals and the said bishop are in no wise bound to the Camera on account of the foregoing, imposes perpetual silence on the said physician, Camera and Anthony in respect thereof, and orders the archbishop of Canterbury and the bishops of Winchester and Rochester to defend the said heirs and bishop, and not to allow them to be molested by the said Camera or any others, proceeding by ecclesiastical censure etc. Ad fut. rey mem. Cunctorum Christifidelium. [In the margin: Ap.) [3 pp.]


  • 1. Not clearly written.
  • 2. adCaliciam seu Calicium.
  • 3. Vallie.
  • 4. emanaverunt certe littere in forma brevium.
  • 5. ad regnum Anglie Walien. et illis adiacentes insulas.
  • 6. dominium re-written in the margin.
  • 7. ad regnum Anglie Walliam et Hiberniam ac illis adiacentes insulas.
  • 8. The christian name is here omitted, but it occurs further on.