Lateran Regesta 830: 1482-1483

Pages 835-840

Calendar of Papal Registers Relating To Great Britain and Ireland: Volume 13, 1471-1484. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1955.

This free content was digitised by double rekeying and sponsored by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. All rights reserved.


In this section

Lateran Regesta, Vol. DCCCXXX. (fn. 1)

12 Sixtus IV.

De Diversis.

8 Id. Oct.
(8 Oct.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 19r.)
To the archbishop of York. Mandate, as below. The recent petition of Robert Singleton, layman, and Margaret his wife, of the dioceses of York and Coventry and Lichfield, contained that after the death of Robert Bothe, her first husband, the said Margaret, with a woman's levity, (fn. 2) took before her bishop a vow of perpetual chastity or continence, that the said bishop gave her, after the manner of that country, a certain habit and a ring, in token of perpetual chastity, and that for sometime she wore, as she still does, the habit which is wont to be given to windows and those who take a vow of chastity, but afterwards, seeing herself to be unable to remain in the said widowhood without peril of her soul, and to observe her vow of chastity, and fearing also lest under the stimulus of the flesh she might give way to temptation, for the lesser peril of her soul she contracted marriage per verba de presenti with the said Robert Singleton, consummated it and has had offspring, always, however, wearing the said habit of a widow: and that in the meantime the said Robert Singleton, her husband, overcome by the weakness of the flesh, has, at the instigation of the author of all evil, earnally known a certain girl, Margaret's daughter by her first husband and the said Robert Singleton's step-daughter. (fn. 3) The said petition adding that the said Robert and Margaret deeply grieve for the said excesses, and that the incest or adultery committed by the former is secret, the pope hereby orders the above archbishop to absolve the said Robert from the said crime of adultery and incest, and to absolve him and the said Margaret from the said other excesses, enjoining upon each of them a salutary penance, etc. Apostolice sedis indefessa clementia. [1 p.]
16 Kal. April.
(17 March.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 21v.)
To John Payne, a Friar Preacher, S.T.P. Absolution, the pope's intention being to make provision to him this day of the church of Meath, from all sentences of excommunication, etc., in so far as regards the taking effect of the said provision. Romani pontificis gratiosa benignitas. [½ p. See above, p. 825.]
3 Id. Feb.
(11 Feb.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 41r.)
To Robert Harper alias Merston, a brother (fn. 4) of the hospital of Burton, of the Order of St. Lazarus of Jerusalem, in the diocese of Lincoln. Dispensation to receive and retain for life any benefice with or without cure wont to be held by secular clerks, even if a parish church, etc., and to resign it, etc. Religionis etc. [¾ p.]
6 Kal. Feb.
(27 Jan.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 41v.)
Relaxation, to hold good for twenty years only, of ten years and ten quarantines of enjoined penance to all faithful who, being penitent and having confessed, visit on the feasts of Holy Trinity, the Nativity of St. Mary the Virgin, St. Francis and St. Patrick, from the first to the second vespers, the church of the monastery of the third order of St. Francis, called [the order] of Penance, of Cluayncayn Caryll in the diocese of Clonfert, and give alms for the repair etc. of its fabric and the upkeep of certain roads leading to the monastery, for the obtaining of which indulgence the master, Cornelius Omuilcharyll, has come to the Roman court. Univ. Christifidelibus. Licet is.
5 Kal. March.
(25 Feb.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 64v.)
To William Muryell, perpetual chaplain called a chantry priest (cantario) in the parish church of Croste (recte Crofte), in the diocese of Lincoln. Dispensation to receive and retain for life with the said chaplaincy (by the foundation of which it is forbidden to hold with it any other benefice with cure), any other benefice, or if he resign the said chaplaincy any two other benefices, with cure or otherwise incompatible, even if parish churches, etc., and to resign, etc. Vite etc. [1½ pp.]
8 Kal. April.
(25 March.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 91v.)
To William Marschall, prior of the Trinitarian house of Eston in the diocese of Salisbury. Dispensation to receive and retain in commendam for life with the said priorship, which is conventual and elective, and has cure, any benefice, etc., as above, f. 41r. Religionis etc. [1⅓ pp.]
Non. April.
(5 April.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 92r.)
To Richard Crose, rector of the parish church of St. Mary, Stapolforth et Hanj (fn. 5) (recte Stapolforth Thanj), in the diocese of London. Dispensation to receive and retain for life with the said church any other benefice, etc., as above, f. 64v. Vite etc. [1½ pp.]

11 Sixtus IV.

13 Kal. Sept.
(20 Aug.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 97r.)
To John Elys, rector of All Saints’, West Yldysley, in the diocese of Salisbury, bachelor of decrees. The like. Litterarum etc. [1⅓ pp. +]

12 Sixtus IV.

4 Kal. May.
(28 April.)
St Peter's, Rome.
(f. 146r.)
To the bishop of Beirut (Bericen.), the abbot of St. Saviour's, Bermo[n]dsay, in the diocese of Winchester, and Thomas Hope, a canon of York. Mandate, as below. The recent petition of Robert Sturdi, rector of Alyngton in the diocese of Canterbury, contained that although the tithes of certain pastures and of the hay of certain meadows within the bounds of the parish of the said church belong to the rector, nevertheless William Donys, perpetual vicar of the said church, falsely alleging that they belonged to him, prevented the said Robert from taking them, wherefore the latter brought him before Thomas Winterborn, auditor-general of causes of the court of Thomas, cardinal priest of St. Ciriac's in Terminis [sic], who holds the church of Canterbury by papal dispensation; and that after the said auditor had proceeded, short of a conclusion, the said cardinal, with the consent of the parties, called up the cause to himself, and committed it to David Williani [sic], who has kept it in suspense for more than two years, and has refused Robert's request to determine it, wherefore the latter has appealed to the apostolic see, and has petitioned the pope to commit the cause of the said appeal, etc., and that of the principal matter to some upright men in those parts. The pope, therefore, hereby orders the above three to summon the said William and others concerned, 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. [1¼ pp.]
14 Kal. May.
(18 April.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 152v.)
To John, bishop of Lismore and Waterford. Dispensation, as below. Lately, after the pope had made provision to him of the said united churches, it was set forth to the pope on his behalf that at the time thereof he was holding the parish church of Baudorp in the diocese of Bath and Wells, and that the fruits etc. of the said united churches were insufficient, wherefore the pope decreed that the said parish church had not become and was not void by the said provision and by the consecration which was to be conferred on him, and dispensed him to retain it in commendam with the said united churches, and also one other benefice with or without cure wont to be held by secular clerks, even if a parish church, etc., and to resign both, etc. The pope now dispenses him, who in virtue of the said dispensation holds the parish church of Langvorth and (having resigned that of Baudorp) the perpetual vicarage of Hyghvorth in the diocese of Salisbury, value together 40l. sterling, which are insufficient (especially because a certain adversary has intruded himself into the said united churches, under pretext of a fictitious resignation, and has detained possession for more than three years), to receive and retain in commendam for life with the said two benefices any two other benefices with or without cure, secular or regular, and to resign them, etc. Personam tuam. [2⅓ pp.]
11 Kal. May.
(21 April.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 155r.)
To the official of Ardfert. Mandate to collate and assign to Maurice Fytzmoris, clerk, of the diocese of Ardfert (who is in or about his eighteenth year, and who notwithstanding his illegitimacy, as the son of the abbot of a certain Cistercian monastery, professed of the order, and a married woman, related in the third and fourth degrees of kindred, has been made a clerk), a canonry of Ardfert and the prebend of Mohyra (?) therein, value 2 marks sterling, void by the resignation extra R.c. of Robert Fytzmoris, clerk, of the said diocese. The pope hereby dispenses him to receive and retain them, and any other benefices compatible with them, with or without cure, and to be promoted to all holy, even priest's orders, notwithstanding the said defect, etc. Dignum arbitramur. (At the end: G. xvi. Tertio Idus Maii anno duodecimo. Polycarpus.) [2 pp. +]
12 Kal. Feb.
(21 Jan.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 171v.)
To John Kyrkall, rector of St. Rumwoldus's, Mydlyngton, in the diocese of Lincoln, M.A. Dispensation to receive and retain for life with the said church any other benefice, etc., as above, f. 64v. Litterarum etc. [1¼ pp.]
(f. 172v.)
To Thomas Wymer, rector of St. Margaret's, Burgh, in the diocese of Norwich. The like. Vite etc. [1½ pp.]
(f. 180r.)
To Thomas Pavnton, perpetual vicar of Frome in the diocese of Bath and Wells, S.T.B. The like. Litterarum etc. [1½ pp.]
14 Kal. April.
(19 March.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 193r.)
To Robert, [bishop] elect of Glasgow. Indult, as below. The pope has this day translated him, then [bishop] elect of Aberdeen, from the church of Aberdeen to that of Glasgow, and has learned that at the time of the said translation he was receiving a pension of 160 marks of the money of Scotland from the monastery of Melrose, O. Cist., in the diocese of Glasgow, and another of 30 marks from the precentorship of Dunkeld, reserved to him lately by papal authority. The pope now grants him indult, motu proprio, that even after he has been consecrated and has received peaceful possession of the rule etc. of the said church of Glasgow, he may continue to receive the said pensions for life and for as long as he is bishop of that church. Personam tuam. [12/3 pp. See also above, pp. 130 and 824].
13 Kal. Jan.
(20 Dec.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 221v.)
To Robert Cove alias Sybeton, a monk of the monastery of Sybeton. O. Cist., in the diocese of Norwich, S.T.B. Dispensation, as above. f. 41r. Religionis zelus. litterarum etc. [1 p.]
3 Non. Jan.
(3 Jan.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 231r.)
To Alexander Vaus, precentor (cantori) of Moray. Dispensation to him, who is a priest, and who has won in the Roman court a definitive sentence before a certain papal auditor against divers adversaries about the said precentorship, a non-major non-elective dignity, provision of which was lately made to him. which sentence has become a res judicata, to receive and retain with the said precentorship, if he get possession of it, any other benefice, and without it any two other benefices, etc., as above, f. 64v. Vite etc. [1½ pp.]
3 Kal. March.
(27 Feb.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 241v.)
To Thomas Kydley, rector of Clipsam in the diocese of Lincoln. Dispensation, as above, f. 64v. Vite etc. [12/3 pp.]
5 Kal. June.
(28 May.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 258r.)
To William Burgh’, rector of Cliston [recte Clifton] in the diocese of Carlisle. The like. Vite etc. [1½ pp.]
16 Kal. March.
(14 Feb.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 265v.)
To Thomas Brown, perpetual vicar of Kyldrumy in the diocese of Aberdeen. The like. Vite etc. [2 pp.—]
4 Id. May.
(12 May.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 292v.)
To the official of Ardfert. Mandate, as below. The deanery of Ardfert, a major dignity, has become void by the death of Edmund Fismoris extra R.c., and ipso facto reserved to the pope under his late reservation of all major dignities, void and to be void; and the pope has learned that the perpetual vicarage of Edna in the diocese of Ardfert has been so long void that its collation has lapsed to the apostolic see, although William Nou, clerk, has detained possession of it for between fourteen and sixteen years, without any dispensation on account of his illegitimacy as the son of a priest and a married woman, or of an unmarried man and an unmarried woman, or of a priest and an unmarried woman, or of an unmarried man and a married woman, and without any right. The pope, therefore, hereby orders the above official to summon the said William and others concerned, and unite the said vicarage to the said deanery, value 8 and 20 marks sterling, respectively, for the lifetime of Patrick Fismoris, clerk, of Ardfert, who is by one parent of baronial, and by both parents of noble birth, and who lately, without canonical title, received some fruits from the precentorship, (fn. 6) of the said church of Ardfert, and afterwards resigned it, the pope further rehabilitating him on account thereof. In the event of their making the said union they are to collate and assign to him the said deanery, elective and with cure. Sedes apostolica pia mater. (At the end: G. xxv. Undecimo Kal. Junii anno duodecimo. Polycarpus.) [3½ pp.]


  • 1. On the back of the volume: Anno 12. Lib. 4, and on an end-paper at the beginning of the volume: An. 12. to. 1.
  • 2. quadam muliebri leuitate ducta.
  • 3. priuignam.
  • 4. ’canonico’ in the text is cancelled and over-written ‘Jo.’, and ‘fratri’ is substituted in the margin and initialled ‘Jo.’, with the note: Cassatum et correctum de mandato r(everendissimi) p(atris) domini M(ariani) Glandatensis [episcopi], pro r(everendissi)mo domino Vice(cancellari)o. G. [Polycarpus].
  • 5. ordinis sancte Trinitatis redemptionis captiuorum.
  • 6. ’et Hany’ in the text of the bull.