Vatican Regesta 595: 1477-1479

Pages 76-79

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. DXCV.

Bullarum Communium Lib. XLV. Tom. L.

9 Sixtus. IV.

5 Kal. Oct.
(27 Sept.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 179v.)
To Nicholas Fwyth, a canon of Ossory, Malachy Odulana, a canon of Kildare (Daren.), dwelling in the diocese of Ossory, and the official of Ossory. Mandate, as below. The recent petition of David Hakked, clerk, of the diocese of Cashel, contained that Walter and Thomas de Burgo (after Paul II's letters concerning the penalties for the non-payment of annates), had provision successively made to them by papal authority of the priorship of the house, hospital, or monastery, wont to be governed by a prior, of St. Edmund King and Martyr, Athayssil, O.S.A., in the said diocese, which is conventual, and bound themselves to pay the annates, but after obtaining possession did not do so, thereby incurring excommunication and deprivation. The pope, therefore, hereby orders the above three to cause the said David (who, notwithstanding his illegitmacy as the son of a prior of the said Order and an unmarried woman, has been made a clerk, and is in his twenty-third year, and who alleges that the said Thomas and Walter unlawfully detained the said priory for some time, and still do so), to be received as a canon in the said priory, give him the regular habit and receive his profession, and if, after summoning Thomas and Walter, they find the facts to be as stated, to declare them to have incurred excommunication and deprivation, and the said priory to be thereby void, and in that event to collate and assign it, elective and value not exceeding 180 marks sterling, to David, first receiveing from him the usual oath of fealty, according to the form enclosed. He is hereby dispensed to be promoted to all, even holy and priest's orders, and hold the priory, etc. Apostolice sedis. (In the margin: Oct.) [6 pp.]

7 Sixtus IV.

16 Kal. Jan.
(17 Dec.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 244v.)
To the abbot of Chinlos in the diocese of Moray, and the official of Moray. Mandate, as below. The recent petition of Andrew Liel, priest, of the diocese of St. Andrews, bachelor in decrees, contained that a canonry and the prebend called the succentorship of Moray became void by the resignation of Thomas, [now] bishop of Aberdeen, then a papal notary, to the bishop of Moray, and that provision thereof was made by papal authority to the late Richard Vily, clerk, of the diocese of Brechin; that, upon their again becoming void by the said Richard making his profession as a monk of St. Mary's, Kelso, O.S.B., in the diocese of Glasgow, without having had possession, provision was made by the same authority to Archibald Quinhlaw, clerk, of the diocese of St. Andrews; that they again became void by the resignation of the said Archibald, without having had possession, to the dean of the said church [of Moray], appointed vicar-general in spirituals by the chapter, the see being void, and that James, king of Scots, in accordance with ancient custom during such voidance of the see, presented the said Andrew to the said vicar, who has instituted him. The said petition adding that Andrew doubts whether the said presentation and institution hold good, and the pope having learned that the said canonry and prebend are still void, as above (although William Galbrath, priest of the diocese of Glasgow, has, under pretext of a collation by authority of the ordinary, detained them for between four and five years), he hereby orders the above two to summon the said William, and to collate and assign the said canonry and prebend, value 50l. sterling, whether void as above, or still void by the death of Gilibertus Forestar, a papal acolyte, at the apostolic see, or by the death of the said Richard without the Roman court, or by the promotion of the said Thomas to the see of Whiteherne (Candide Case), and his consecration, or by the resignation of the said Archibald, Gilibertus, Richard, and Thomas, or of former claimants, Alexander Stewart, or William Fratour, or Patrick Lokhart, or any other, etc.; removing the said William and any other unlawful detainer. Litterarum scientia, vite etc. (In the margin: Oct.) [7 pp. +.]

8 Sixtus IV.

12 Kal. May.
(20 April.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 256r.)
To John Waltham, rector of St. Mary Magdalen's, in the diocese of Lincoln. Dispensation, etc., as below. [Paul] (fn. 1) II dispensed him to hold for life with his parish church of North Thoresby in the diocese of Lincoln any one other benefice, or if he resigned that church any two other benefices, with cure or otherwise incompatible, and to resign or exchange them, etc. Subsequently the present pope, at his petition (containing that the said letters omitted to mention that Vincent Clementis, provost of Valencia, then collector of the Camera in England, alleging that he had special faculty from the apostolic see, had dispensed him on account of illegitimacy, as the son of a priest and an unmarried woman, to be promoted to all even holy orders and hold any two compatible benefices with or without cure; and that in virtue thereof he had obtained the said church; and that he therefore doubted whether the said letters of pope Paul were surreptitious), granted that the said letters should hold good, and dispensed him, as before, in regard to two incompatible benefices, etc. His recent petition contained that the said Vincent only had from Nicholas V a faculty to dispense fifty persons on account of illegitimacy as the sons of unmarried parents or in any other way illegitimate, to be promoted to all even holy orders and hold two compatible benefices with or without cure [Cal. X, pp. 227–8]; that it is alleged that he could not in virtue thereof dispense the said John, being the son of a priest and his sister's daughter, and that the said collector's dispensation is therefore without force, as also because it merely described John as the son of a priest and an unmarried woman, etc.; that furthermore the present pope's said letters are without force on account of the same misdescription, and also because they did not mention that, under pretext of the said collector's dispensation only, he had had himself promoted to all, even holy orders and had obtained the parish church of Barton in the said diocese, and, resigning it, that of North Thoresby; and that it was stated therein that he had obtained no benefice under pretext of Paul II's dispensation, whereas in fact he had obtained in virtue thereof the parish church of St. Mary Magdalen in the said diocese, had held it for some time with North Thoresby, and, resigning the latter, had obtained the chantership or wardenship (cantoriam sive custodiam) of St. Peter in the church of Lincoln, and had held it, as he still does, with St. Mary Magdalen's, under pretext of the said letters of Paul II. The pope therefore hereby dispenses him, on account of the said defect, to minister in his orders and hold any two benefices, even if incompatible, in accordance with the letters of the said collector and pope Paul, with the power to exchange as granted thereby, and validates from the date of these presents the said letters and the pope's own former letters, and the collations and provisions made to him of the said church of St. Mary Magdalen and chantership, value 10 marks and 20l. of English money, respectively, notwithstanding the said omissions, etc. Vite ac morum. (In the margin: Au.) [6¼ pp.]


  • 1. The scribe has inadvertently omitted the pope's name: Dudum siquidem felicis recordationis papa ii predecessor noster, but his name is mentioned further on.