Vatican Regesta 585: 1477-1478

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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. DLXXXV.

Bullarum Communium Lib. XXXV. Tom. XL.

6 Sixtus IV.

8 Id. July.
(8 July.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 62r.)
Indult, as below. The recent petition of the abbot and convent of St. Mary's, Alnewyck, O. Prem., in the diocese of Durham, contained that although the said monastery is impoverished by the border wars, the bishop of St. Asaph, alleging himself to be visitor and reformator-general of the abbot of Prémontré, frequently visits the said monastery with many persons, so that in one short hour the provisions of a long time are consumed, (fn. 1) wherefore the abbot and convent are compelled to alienate the ornaments of their monastery; that in order to make them pay (fn. 2) he drags them to distant chapters, and that he molests them with undue exactions, etc. The pope therefore hereby grants them indult that the abbots of Prémontré and Neysam, in person or by their claustral priors, may visit and reform etc. the said monastery in perpetuity, and that the said abbot and convent shall not be bound to appear at any chapters of the Order not presided over by the abbot of Prémontré or by the abbot of Neysam. Ad perp. rey mem. Ad decorem. [2¼ pp.]

7 Sixtus IV.

5 Id. Jan.
(9 Jan.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 112r.)
To the prior of St. Mary's, Drimlean (recte Drumlean) in the diocese of Kilmore, and Nemeas Odroma and Cornelius Osyridean, canons of Kilmore. Mandate, as below. The recent petition of Cornelius Magranauyll, perpetual vicar of Kylltamurgh in the diocese of Ardagh, contained that after he and Fergal (fn. 3) Magilafulid had been litigating for some time before certain papal judges in those parts, it was agreed that Cornelius should remain in possession of the said vicarage and should pay Fergal (fn. 4) an annual pension for life, the said judges also awarding Fergal (fn. 5) for life a piece of land called a half townland, (fn. 6) consisting in tithes etc. belonging to the said vicarage, reserving to Cornelius a certain pension therefrom for life, but that Fernalus [sic] has refused to observe the said agreement. The said petition also contained that the parish church of Kiltrinan in the said diocese, which was long united to the said vicarage by papal authority, has been separated therefrom by Cormac, bishop of Ardagh, without papal authority, and collated to Aulanus Makildafuli, priest, of the said diocese, without which church the holder of the vicarage (value 6 marks sterling) cannot well maintain himself. The pope therefore hereby orders the above three to summon Fernalus and Aulanus, and if they find the said agreement honest, to compel Fernalus to observe it; if not, they are to annul it, and to decree that Cornelius (who has no hope of obtaining justice in the city and diocese of Ardagh, and who was lately dispensed by papal authority on account of illegitimacy, as the son of a priest (a Friar Preacher) and an unmarried woman, to be promoted to all, even holy orders and hold a benefice even with cure, and to resign or exchange it, in virtue of which he has been made a clerk and promoted to all, even holy and priest's orders), is not bound to observe it, replace him as he was before the said agreement and before the dissolution of the said union, and restore him to possession of the said church of Kiltrinan, removing Aulanus, etc. Humilibus supplicum votis. (In the margin: Fe.) [3½ pp.]
7 Kal. Dec. (fn. 7)
(25 Nov.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 138v.)
To Master Robert Blacadir, clerk, of the diocese of St. Andrews, a papal notary. Collation and provision to him (who is of noble birth, and has been sent as the orator of James, king of Scots, to the pope) of the archdeaconry of St. Andrews, a nonmajor dignity wont to be held by secular clerks, value 80l. sterling, to become void by the pope's intended promotion of William Scheves to a cathedral church, and by his consecration, with mandate hereby to Peter, cardinal priest of St. Sixtus's, the chancellor of Aberdeen, and the archdeacon of Dunkeld, to induct him. Romanus pontifex. (Duplicata fuit prefata bulla scripta per eundem scriptorem. Sinolfus.) [4 pp.]
1478. (fn. 8)
Kal. March.
(1 March).
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 160r.) (fn. 9)
To the abbot of Kilbeggan (de Benedictione Dei) in the diocese of Meath, and John Val and Constantine Macaeydagan, canons of Kildare (Daren.). Mandate, as below. The pope has learned that the perpetual vicarages of Kyllonucon alias Kyncolman and Lochlua, in the diocese of Cloyne (Clonen.), of lay patronage, 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 Eugenius Omuleon and Celerius Magayn, respectively, clerks, of the said diocese, have for several years but less than three detained them without any title; and the recent petition of Concofinus Ydulyn, priest, of the said diocese, contained that their fruits etc. are insufficient to keep two vicars. The pope therefore hereby orders the above three, if they find the facts to be as stated, to unite the said vicarage of Kyllonucon to that of Lochlua for the life of the said Concofinus (who was lately dispensed by papal authority to hold any two benefices with cure or otherwise incompatible, namely, for ten years if they were parish churches or perpetual vicarages, or if not for life, and to resign or exchange them, etc.), and in that event to summon the said Eugenius and Celerius, and collate and assign the said vicarages, value together 16l. sterling, even if the vicarage of Lochlua became void by the death of Feregalus Meglasscerig, clerk, without the Roman court, to Concofinus, the said ten years being hereby prolonged to his lifetime. Apostolice sedis. (In the margin: Mar.) [6½ pp.]
5 Id. Jan.
(9 Jan.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 223v.)
Deprivation of Patrick, archbishop of St. Andrews. Ad fut. rei mem. Grave gerimus. [8 pp. Theiner, op. cit., p. 479.]
5 Id. March.
(11 March).
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 262r.)
To the bishop of Brechin and Orkney. Mandate, as below. The recent petition of Elizabeth, countess of Ross, contained that after her marriage with John, temporal lord of the Isles, and after cohabiting with him for several years, he, without reasonable cause, had her imprisoned, she being then pregnant, sought her life, and tried to cause her death by poison, wherefore, by the advice of her friends, she fled from the said Isles and betook herself to the court of the queen of Scotland, who received her into her household, (fn. 10) where she now remains; that at the instigation, as is believed, of the said John, who sought, as is believed, to complete his said desire, Angus, bishop of the Isles, ordered her to cohabit with the said John and treat him with marital affection, which mandate she, taking proper surety, has offered to obey. Seeing however that, as the said petition added, she cannot persuade herself that it is possible for her to cohabit with the said John without danger of death or great scandal, and that she fears lest the said bishop ensnare her with sentences and censures, the pope, at her said petition, hereby orders the above two bishops to summon John and others concerned, absolve Elizabeth from any censures by the said bishop, exempt her, during John's lifetime, from the jurisdiction of the said bishop and of the bishop of the Isles for the time being, take her under the protection of St. Peter and the apostolic see and that of the pope, and decree what is canonical in regard to the separation of the said John and Elizabeth. (fn. 11)Solet annuere. (In the margin: Apri.) [2¾ pp.]

6 Sixtus IV.

Kal. Feb.
(1 Feb.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 285v.)
To Edmund Audeley, archdeacon of East Riding (Estriddingie) in York. Indult for him, who is of noble birth, is a domestic chaplain of Edward, king of England, and is in his thirty-second year, to visit his said archdeaconry by deputy for life, and receive moderate procurations in ready money. Meruit tue devotionis.
Concurrent mandate to the archbishop of York, and the bishops of Lincoln and Durham. Hodie dilecto filio. (In the margin: Apri.) [2 pp. +.]

7 Sixtus IV.

4 Non. Jan.
(2 Jan.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 305r.)
To Master Matthew de Porta, a papal chaplain and auditor. Mandate, as below. The recent petition of William Gardiner, priest, of the diocese of St. Andrews, contained that in virtue of letters of the present pope, ordering provision to be made to him of a benefice with or without cure wont to be assigned to secular clerks in the gift of the abbot and convent of Kelso, O.S.B., in the said diocese, he accepted and got provision made to him of the perpetual vicarage of Sproston in the diocese of Glasgow, void by the death of John Penwen without the Roman court; that upon a controversy arising about it between him and Robert Cottis, clerk, they submitted the matter to arbitrators, who gave an unjust award against William; that, believing the award to be just, he accepted it, gave up all his right, and promised by oath not to molest Robert in future, but becoming aware that the said award was unjust, appealed to the apostolic see; and that the pope has committed the appeal cause and that of the principal matter to the above auditor, who has proceeded, but short of a conclusion. At William's said petition, which added that it is alleged that Robert also has no right, the pope hereby orders the said auditor to absolve William from perjury, enjoining penance, relax his oath, and, if as the result of the suit they find that Robert also has no right, to collate and assign the said vicarage, value 8l. sterling, to William. Solet sedes apostolica. (In the margin: Apri.) [3¾ pp.]


  • 1. adeoquod longi temporis victum brevis hora consumit.
  • 2. exactionis causa ad longinquadistantia capitula trahit.
  • 3. Fergaldus, the ‘g’ being cancelled and ‘n’ over-written, and the ‘d’ also cancelled, giving ‘Fernalus.’
  • 4. Fargallo, cancelled, and ‘Fernalo’ substituted in the margin.
  • 5. Fergalo, uncorrected, as in one further mention of the name.
  • 6. media villata nuncupatam.
  • 7. Substituted in the margin for Id. Feb. Cf. Reg. Vat. 584, f. 141v., above, p. 63.
  • 8. recte, 1477[–8].
  • 9. On ff. 196r.–198r. under date 1477/8 14 Kal. April (19 March) anno 7, is the usual annual Cœna Domini bull of excommunication of heretics, etc., as noted in previous volumes of the Calender; here with certificates of its having been posted and published on 20–25 March at the Lateran and S. Maria del Popolo.
  • 10. se ad curiam devote creature nostre regine Scotie contulit, que pietate mota dictam Elizabetham in eius famulam recepit.
  • 11. Super separatione vero eorundem Johannis et Elizabethe quoad thorum et divortium huiusmodi quod canonicum fuerit auctoritate nostra decernatis.