Vatican Regesta 739: 1489

Pages 243-245

Calendar of Papal Registers Relating To Great Britain and Ireland: Volume 14, 1484-1492. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1960.

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Vatican Regesta, Vol. DCCXXXIX. (fn. 1)

Bullarum Liber XLII.

5 Innocent VIII.

Prid. Kal. Feb.
(31 Jan.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 227r.)
To the archbishop of Cashel, the abbot of the monastery of St. Mary, Abbeyleix (de Lege dei), and the prior of St. Catherine's, wont to be governed by a prior, in the dioceses of Leighlin and Waterford. Mandate, as below. The pope lately, having learned that William Whycte, sometime prior of the monastery of St. John the Evangelist by (iuxta) Kylkeman (recteKylkeniam), O.S.A., in the diocese of Ossory, wont to be governed by a prior, had freely resigned it before witnesses extra R.c., although John Seys [sic], a canon of the same, had detained it for some years, and was still detaining it, without any canonical title, ordered certain judges in those parts, their own names not being expressed, to receive and admit the said resignation, if they found it lawfully made, and thereupon to receive John Cantwell, then precentor (preceptor) of the church of Cashel, as a canon of the said monastery, give him the habit and receive his profession, and, in the event of their so doing, to summon the said John Seys and others concerned, and to collate and assign the said priorship, which is conventual and elective, and has cure, to the said John Cantwell, and make provision to him thereof. His recent petition contained that one of the said judges, proceeding to execution, received him as a canon, gave him the habit, and received his profession, summoned the said John Says [sic], admitted the said resignation, and made his provision, and that in virtue thereof he has obtained possession, taking the fruits. The said petition added that before the date of the pope's letters he had detained together for some time, and was then detaining, without dispensation, at least papal, the rectory of the parish church of Mogawin (?) in the diocese of Cashel, which, however, was alleged by many to be without cure, and the precentorship (precentoriam) of the church of Leighlin, which is a nonmajor dignity with cure, yearly values not exceeding 3 and 8 marks sterling, respectively, believing the said rectory to be without cure, wherefore, and also because no mention of the said rectory was made in the pope's said letters, he doubts whether they may not be held surreptitious and null; and that, as a result of friendly arbitration, he has agreed to pay a certain adversary a certain yearly pension from the fruits, etc., of the said priorship, and has made a like promise to a certain other, (fn. 2) and sworn to observe the same, and that it is alleged by some that the said monastery is called a hospital. (fn. 3) The pope, therefore, remitting to him the said fruits, hereby orders the above three to summon the said adversary and others concerned, relax the said oaths, absolve the said John Cantwell from simony and from the sentences of excommunication, etc., therefore, enjoining a salutary penance, dispense him on account of any irregularity contracted by celebrating masses and other divine offices, not in contempt of the Keys, and rehabilitate him. In the event of their so doing, the pope wills and grants to him that the said letters and collation and provision, and all other the foregoing, shall hold good from the date of these presents, as if mention had been made in the said letters of the said monastery being also called a hospital, (fn. 4) and of all the foregoing; with further indult that he may freely retain the said priorship, (fn. 5) the yearly value of which does not exceed 120 marks sterling. Sedes apostolica, pia mater. [4½ pp. In the margin at the end. ‘Mar(tii).’]
14 Kal. April.
(19 March.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 243v.)
To the abbot of the monastery of St. Mary, Fermoy (de Castro dei), in the diocese of Cloyne (Clonen.), and Donatus Omurchuu, a canon of Cloyne. Mandate, as below. The recent petition of Thady Okywe, a canon of Cloyne, and William, also Okywe, clerk, of the diocese of Cloyne, contained that whereas the fruits, etc., of the rectories of the parish churches of Castronmontir and Ynsuynbachi and Garibuch, and also of Raybari and Dagyndonwayn, in the said diocese, respectively united in perpetuity to the monasteries of SS. Thomas the Martyr and All Saints by Dublin and St. Mary, Kayr, O.S.A., in the dioceses of Dublin and Lismore, have from time immemorial been wont to be granted to farm or yearly pension to clerks and laymen; and that if the said fruits were granted to such farm or yearly pension to the said Thady and William for their lifetime, or for the lifetime of the longer liver, they would pay the cess wont to be paid to the said monasteries, increased by twelve pounds of wax for each monastery, would augment divine worship in the said rectories, recover alienations, and repair and restore as far as possible the almost destroyed manors and houses (fn. 6) of the said churches, to the manifest benefit of the said monasteries, in accordance with Paul II's letters ‘Cum in omnibus judiciis, etc.,’ registered in ‘libro primo de Curia domini Pauli folio’ [sic]. (fn. 7) The pope, therefore, hereby orders the above two, after the said fruits have been specified before them, and after summoning the abbots (or priors, if governed by priors) and convents of the said monasteries, if, observing the form of the above-inserted letters, they find that such grant, if made with the said increase of cess, would be to the manifest benefit of the said monasteries, to grant the said fruits, etc., to farm or yearly pension to the said Thady and William, under the wonted yearly cess, with the said increase of twelve pounds of wax, for their life or for the life of the longer liver of them. Commissum nobis. [2⅓ pp.]


  • 1. On the back of the volume: ‘Inn. viii. Bullar. An. iv, v. Lib. xlii.’ On the front cover of the original sheepskin binding, preserved at the beginning of the volume, is the contemporary ‘xlii bull. domini,’ ‘R(ecipe) Amerine’ (cancelled), and ‘R(ecipe) Bonaparte fo. 300,’ and on the back of it is the usual later ‘Innoc. 8. Lib. 42.’ There are 1–312 ff. of text, foliated in arabic numerals, and no ‘rubricelle.’
  • 2. et similiter cuidam alteri idem promisit.
  • 3. dictum monasterium domum hospitalis nuncupari.
  • 4. quod dictum monasterium etiam domus hospitalis nuncupabatur.
  • 5. et insuper ut. retinere possit de specialis dono gratie indulgemus.
  • 6. maneria Teu domus.
  • 7. The number of the folio is not expressed. See Cal. Papal Lett., vol. XIII,p.176, note.