Vatican Regesta 391
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'Vatican Regesta 391: 1450', Calendar of Papal Registers Relating to Great Britain and Ireland, Volume 10: 1447-1455 (1915), pp. 58-66. URL: http://british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=103521 Date accessed: 28 November 2014.


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Vatican Regesta. Vol. CCCXCI. (fn. 1)

Secrete.

4 Nicholas V.

1450.
11 Kal. Dec.
(21 Nov.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 20.)
Relaxation of seven years and seven quarantines of enjoined penance to penitents who on the feast of the Nativity of St. John Baptist visit and give alms for the rebuilding and repair of the Friars Preachers’ house of St. John Baptist, Norwich, which was formerly, together with a great part of the city, utterly burned, (fn. 2) for which great expenditure has been made, and much more is still required; with licence for the prior and friars thereof to hear the confessions on the said occasion, grant absolution except in cases reserved to the apostolic see, and impose penance. Inter sanctorum. (Pe. de Noxeto. | P. de Legendorff. Gratis de mandato domini nostri pape.) [1⅓ pp.]

2 Nicholas V.

1448, [March 19–
1449, March 18]. (fn. 3)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 122d.)
Confirmation of the grant which was made to Thomas Carleyl, a friar of the Carmelite house of York, by John, master general of the order (with the unanimous consent of the chapter of the order, then held in the city of Asti) and the prior and friars of the said house, of certain privileges etc., contained more fully in letters bearing the seals of the said John and prior and convent, which letters the pope has caused to be inspected. Ad fut. rei mem. Circumspecta a postolice sedis. (Pe. de Noxeto. | xxvi. Jo. de Collis. A. de Maqio.) [In the margin: Mar(tii).]

1 Nicholas V.

1447.
18 Kal. July.
(14 June.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 138.)
To John Mai[r], a canon of Glasgow. Motu proprio collation and provision to him, a priest and a secretary and continual commensal member of the household of James, king of Scots, of a canonry of Glasgow, with reservation of a prebend and a dignity etc. and a benefice with or without cure, even if a canonry and prebend, dignity etc., value, if with cure or a dignity or a personatus, not exceeding 25 marks sterling, if without cure, and not a dignity or a personatus, not exceeding 18, in the collation etc. of the bishops of St. Andrews and Dunkeld, the prior of St. Andrews and the dean of Dunkeld, and the chapters etc. of those churches, etc. Vite etc. (Pe. de Noxeto. | xx. Ugolinus. G. de Nuuolonibus.) [3⅓ pp. In the margin, at the end: Junii, and at the beginning: Expectativa pro Johanne Mai[r] canonico Glasguensi.]
Ibid.
(f. 139d.)
To the bishops of Spoleto and Glasgow and the abbot of Holyrood, Edinburgh, in the diocese of St. Andrews. Mandate to execute the preceding (here with the spelling ‘Mair’). Hodie motu proprio. (—. | xviii. Ugolinus. G. de Nuuolonibus.) [1¼ pp. In the margin, at the end: Junii, and at the beginning: Executoria prefate littere reservationis seu verius expectative etc.

3 Nicholas V.

1449[–50].
Id. Jan.
(13 Jan.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 142d.)
To William, bishop of Coventry and Lichfield. Indult, at his recent petition (containing that he is hindered by divers business, mostly that of Henry, king of England and his queen, as well as of himself and the said united churches, from visiting the churches, monasteries and other places and persons of his diocese, and that it is more burdensome to be visited by the bishop than by his officials etc., to visit for life his said present or a future see by deputy, and receive the procurations in ready money, to the same amount as that received by an archdeacon on visitation; with mandate executory hereby to the bishops of London, Ely and Norwich. Devotionis tue. (—. | lx. Ugolinus. D. de Luca.) [In the margin: Junii. 12/3 pp.]

4 Nicholas V.

1450.
7 Kal. April.
(26 March.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 157.)
To William Darsset, rector of Stifford in the diocese of London, doctor of civil law (legum). Dispensation to hold for life with the said church, value not exceeding 20l. sterling, any two or, if he resign it, any three incompatible benefices etc., and to resign them, simply or for exchange, as often as he pleases, provided that he do not hold more than two parish churches. Litterarum etc. (Pe. de Noxeto. | lx. Ugolinus. Constantinus.) [In the margin: Junii. 1 p. +.]
1450.
Kal. June.
(1 June.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 157d.)
To John Moreton, rector of Saham in the diocese of Norwich, S.T.P. Dispensation to hold for life with the said church, value not exceeding 40 marks sterling (besides which he holds a canonry in the cathedral church of Wells and the prebend of Whytechyrche therein, value not exceeding 46 marks sterling) any other benefice with cure or otherwise incompatible, even if a parish church etc., and to resign them, simply or for exchange, as often as he pleases, etc. Litterarum etc. (Pe. de Noxeto. | l. Ugolinus 1 p. +], as in the preceding.
4 Non. June.
(2 June.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 158d.)
To Rodulphus, bishop of Città di Castello (Civitatis castelli), residing in the Roman court. Mandate, at the recent petition of John Somerton, rector of Lonchelboure in the diocese of Salisbury (containing that after Martin V's reservation to himself and his successors of absolution from sentences of excommunication etc. for simony, he, who is a priest, paid a sum of money to certain laymen on account of his presentation to the said church, thereby committing simony) to absolve him from the said sentences etc., enjoining penance, dispense him on account of irregularity and rehabilitate him. Sedes apostolica pia mater. (Pe. de Noxeto. | xvi. Ugolinus. A. de Nepe. G. de Puteo.) [In the margin. Junii. 1 p.]
Prid. Id. May.
(14 May.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 162.)
To Henry Rayne, prior of the Augustinian priory of Marton in the diocese of York. Dispensation, at his recent petition, containing that formerly the said conventual priory was able to maintain a prior and sixteen canons, but that on account of wars etc. it is so much improverished that its fruits etc. are not worth more than 100l. sterling a year, with which the prior and the thirteen persons who reside in it cannot be conveniently maintained and its daily burdens be borne) to hold in commendam, as long as he holds the said priory, any benefice with or without cure, secular or regular, even if a parish church etc., of any value, and to resign it, simply or for exchange, as often as he pleases. Meritis tue devotionis. (Pe. de Noxeto. | G. de Puteo.)
Kal. June.
(1 June.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 163d.)
To the provost of the king's college of St. Mary, Eton by Windsor, in the diocese of Lincoln. Indult, as below. The present pope lately, upon learning that the above college was a resort of penitents, granted, at the petition of Henry, king of England, faculty to the provost and his successors to hear the confessions of all faithful of both sexes, without requiring licence or assent of any, grant absolution, except in cases reserved to the apostolic see, and enjoin penance, with faculty to the said provost and his successors to depute a master, a fellow of the college, to do so in their absence. At the recent petition of the said king (containing that the provost is so much engaged with the rule of the persons and goods of the college that he cannot conveniently attend to the said hearing of confessions, and requesting a faculty for the provost for the time being, as often as seems opportune to him, to depute three or four other fellows, priests, of the said college, to hear the said confessions), the pope hereby grants indult that the provost for the time being may on the feasts of St. Mary the Virgin depute three, or at other times two, fit priests of the said college to hear the said confessions etc., and that such priests may commute the vows of the said faithful, except only vows of pilgrimage to the Holy Land (peregrinationis transmarine) and of visits to SS. Peter and Paul's [Rome] and St. James in Compostella. Votis fidelium. (Pe. de Noxeto. l. Ugolinus. Constantinus.) [In the margin: Junii. 1 p. See Hist. MSS. Comm., Ninth Report, Part I., p. 351.]
3 Id. June.
(11 June.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 166.)
To William, abbot of the Benedictine monastery of Bury St. Edmunds, immediately subject to the Roman church, in the diocese of Norwich, salutem etc. Meritis tue devotionis inducimur ut hiis que tue contem platione persone tibi a nobis concessa fuere, ne ex hiis aliqua ambiguitas oriatur, nostre declarationis oraculum ac apostolice (sic) muniminis robur adiiciamus. Dudum siquidem nostre ema[ne]runt littere tenoris subsequentisNicolaus etc. dilecto filio Wilhelmo abbati monasterii sancti Edemundi de Bury Romane ecclesie immediate subjecti ordinis sancti Benedicti Norwicensis diocesis salutem. Personam tuam nobis et apostolice sedi devotam paterna benivolencia prosequen(tes) etc. Datum Rome apud Sanctum Petrum Anno etc. Millesimo quadringentesimo quadragesimo nono, Kal. Januarii Anno Tercio.' Et istam reperies registratam superius de verbo ad verbum etc. After this very briefly registered letter of 1 Jan. 1449[–50] and indication that it is to be found registered above [viz. p. 57], the present letter continues, with the words ‘Cum autem sicut exhibita nobis nuper pro parte tua peticio continebat,' to relate that, as the above abbot's recent petition contained, he (who is Henry, king of England's proctor in the Roman court, and could not be present in person at the appointment of the aforesaid [i.e. in the above registered letter of 1 Jan. 1450] confessors in the aforesaid realm and principality) has substituted and commissioned a number of other honest and fit men to appoint and choose in his stead the said confessors, and that some doubt whether the said substitution and commission hold good. The pope therefore, at the said petition, approves the said substitution and commission and their consequences, and grants that the said letters shall hold good as if it had been expressed therein that he could make such substitution, etc. Meritis tue devotionis. (Pe. de Noxeto. | Gratis de mandato etc. Constantinus.) [11/5 pp.]
Prid. Kal. Oct.
(30 Sept.)
Assisi.
(f. 179d.)
To the archdeacon of Totnes (Tottonie) [in the church of Exeter]. Mandate, as below. The petition of the prior and convent of the Augustinian monastery of the place of Plympton in the diocese of Exeter contained that from of old there was a dispute between them and the parishioners of the chapel, with cure, of St. Mary at the said place, about burials etc. and especially about the question whether the said chapel (which, as the pope has learned, depends on the parish church of SS. Peter and Paul, Plympton) ought to be deemed and called a chapel with cure or a parish church, and also about the administration of sacramentals, the blessing of palms on Palm Sunday, the making of a procession in the said chapel on that day and on Rogation, Ascension and St. Mark's days, and the repair of the stalls and of the pulpits in the chancel of the chapel, and other articles; (fn. 1) and that at length the parties chose as arbitrators John Cobethorn, dean of Exeter, and Henry Webber, a canon of Exeter, John Rowe, clerk, bachelor of theology and John Fortescu, the king's serjeant-at-law, (fn. 2) layman, of the said diocese, who ordained that the said chapel with cure should in future be subject to the said parish church, and that the peoples of both should be called and deemed parishioners in common, (fn. 3) which arbitration the parties afterwards confirmed, ratified and approved, as is said to be more fully contained in a public instrument. The pope therefore, at the said petition, orders the above archdeacon, if he find the facts to be as stated etc., to confirm the said arbitration etc. and the consequences thereof, etc. Humilibus supplicum votis. (Pe. de Noxeto. Gratis de mandato etc. [i.e. domini nostri pape.] M. Amici.) [1⅓ pp.]
18 Kal. Aug.
(15 July.)
Fabriano.
(f. 180.)
Licence, at the petition of the above prior and convent (containing that they have the patronage of a number of benefices with and without cure wont to be governed by secular clerks, and that if they could present three of their canons for as many of such benefices, and have such three benefices governed by them, it would be a relief to the prior and convent, and provision would probably be better made to the said benefices), to present three of their canons to three such benefices, even if parish churches or perpetual vicarages; with licence for the ordinaries to institute, and for the canons thus instituted to govern their benefices. Ad fut. rei mem. Pro singulorum fidelium. (Pe. … Amici), as in the preceding. [1 p.]
Kal. Oct.
(1 Oct.)
Assisi.
(f. 180d.)
To the prior and convent and the brethren and servitors, and to all sisters of the above priory. Indult that the confessors of their choice may, after hearing their confessions, grant them, once in life, absolution from all their crimes and excesses, even in cases reserved to the apostolic see, and enjoin penance; and that they may also grant to them once, in the hour of death, being contrite and having confessed, plenary remission of all their sins; that they may absolve them from sentences of excommunication etc., enjoining penance, dispense them on account of irregularity contracted by celebrating mass etc., not in contempt of the Keys, when under such sentences, and rehabilitate them. They are to make satisfaction, when due, within the time prescribed by their confessors; if not, they shall fall again under the said sentences, etc. Iniunctum nobis. (Pe. Amici), as in the preceding.
Prid. Kal. Oct.
(30 Sept.)
Assisi.
(f. 181.)
To William, prior of the above priory. Indult for him and his successors to wear in the church of the said priory and in other places an almuce of vair, after the manner of other prelates of those parts. Exposcit tue devotionis. (Pe. … Gratis de mandato [etc.] … Amici), as in the preceding.
Ibid. To the same. Indult, at his recent petition (containing that to the chapel of St. Mary the Virgin, Plymbrigge, in the diocese of Exeter, on account of many miracles which God has wrought therein by the merits of the said Virgin there resorts a great multitude of faithful from divers parts of the world) that the fit priests to be deputed by him and his successors may hear the confessions of the said faithful, absolve them from their crimes, sins and excesses, except in cases reserved to the apostolic see, and enjoin penance. Crediti nobis gregis. (Pe. Amici), as above, f. 179d.
11 Kal. June.
(22 May.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 202.)
To Nicholas de Ottriburn, a canon of Glasgow, licentiate in canon law. Dispensation to him, who is also M.A. and a bachelor of civil law (legibus) and first secretary of James, king of Scots, to hold any three benefices with cure or otherwise incompatible, even if dignities etc., any two of them for life, and the third for ten years, and to resign them, simply or for exchange, as often as he pleases. Litterarum etc. (Pe. de Noxeto. | lx. Ugolinus. Jo. de Rocapetri.) [In the margin. Maii. 1¼ pp.]
Ibid.
(f. 204d.)
To the bishop of Whiteherne. Revocation, at the wish of James, king of Scots, of the faculty which the pope lately granted to the bishop of Dunblane [above, p. 7] to make provision to the persons to be nominated by the said king of a canonry of all cathedral and collegiate churches in the realm, and to reserve to the said bishop's gift, for collation to the said persons, a prebend and a personatus, dignity etc., and also forty benefices with or without cure, of any patronage, for as many other persons to be nominated by the said king; with faculty hereby to the above bishop of Whiteherne to make like provision to persons, to be nominated anew by the said king, of a canonry of all the said churches, and to reserve to the said bishop of Whiteherne's gift, for collation to the said persons, prebends, personatus, dignities etc. of the same churches, even elective dignities with cure, but not major or principal, and also twenty benefices, as above, for as many other persons to be nominated anew by the said king; with faculty to make collation and provision, induct, etc. Ad preclaram carissimi. (Pe. de Noxeto. | c. Ugolinus. D. de Luca.) [In the margin: Maii. 22/3 pp.]
Ibid.
(f. 206.)
To the same. Mandate, as below. Lately, as James, king of Scots has intimated to the pope, James, bishop of St. Andrews, at the petition of William de Crechton, temporal lord of the place of Crechton in the diocese of St. Andrews, chancellor of the realm of Scotland, erected, with consent of James de Crechton, knight, son and heir of the said William, and of the prior and chapter of St. Andrews, the parish church of the said place, of the patronage of the said William, into a collegiate church, and instituted therein a provostship, being a principal dignity, eight canonries and prebends for as many canons forming the chapter, and two for two boys, and a perpetual vicarage with the cure of souls of the parishioners; appropriated to the said collegiate church, with the consent of the rector, the parish church of Lochorlbart (rectius Lochorwart) in the said diocese, and instituted in that church a perpetual vicar to exercise the cure of souls; and reserved to the said William and his successors the patronage of the said provostship, canonries and prebends and vicarage, and the presentation to the bishop; whilst the said William endowed the said collegiate church and its fabric and the said provostship, canonries and prebends and vicarage, and augmented the original foundation. At the petition of the said king, the pope hereby orders the above bishop, if he find the facts to be as stated, to approve and confirm by papal authority the said erection, appropriation, reservation etc. Romanus pontifex. (Pe. de Noxeto. | lxxx. Ugolinus. D. de Luca.) [In the margin: Maii. 1½ pp.)

3 Nicholas V.

1449[–50].
6 Id. March.
(10 March.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 233.)
Special reservation, motu proprio, for this turn, to the pope's collation of the first canonry and prebend to become void in each of the churches of Glasgow and Aberdeen. (fn. 1) Ad fut. rei mem. Ad statum ecclesiarum cathedralium. (Pe. de Noxeto. | xxvi. Ja. de Viterbio. Constantinus.) [In the margin: Mar(tii). 1⅓ pp.]
Ibid. To the bishops of Ancona and Brechin and the prior of St. Andrews. Motu proprio mandate to collate and assign to Hugh Douglas, clerk, of the diocese of St. Andrews, who is in or about his fourteenth year, is related to James, king of Scots in the second and (et, cf. f. 234d.) third degrees (gradibus) of kindred, and is a nephew of James, bishop of St. Andrews, the canonries and prebends (fn. 1) of Glasgow and Aberdeen, reserved, as in the preceding. Nobilitas generis, vite etc. (—. xxiiii. Ja. … Mar(tii), as ibid. 2 pp. +.]
Ibid.
(f. 234d.)
Special reservation, as above, f. 233. [Registered briefly: ’Nicolaus etc. Ad futuram rei memoriam. Ad statum ecclesiarum cathedralium etc., in omnibus et per omnia prout in alia graciosa immediate precedenti pro Hugone Douglas etc. Pe. de Noxeto. xxx. Ja. de Viterbio. G. de Puteo.’ In the margin. Mar(tii).]
Ibid. To the above two bishops and prior. Motu proprio mandate to collate and assign to Patrick Grahame, clerk, of the diocese of St. Andrews, who is related to James, king of Scots in the second or (vel, cf. f. 233) third degrees (gradibus) of kindred, and is a nephew of James, bishop of St. Andrews, the canonries and prebends of the above two churches, reserved, as in the preceding. [Registered more briefly than the above mandate, thus: ‘Nicolaus etc. Venerabilibus fratribusNobilitas generisnepos existit, premissorum meritorum suorum etc. de verbo ad verbum, solum mutato nomine proprio, ut in executoria precedenti etc.] (—xx. Ja. de Viterbio. G. de Puteo.)’ [In the margin: Mar(tii).]
Ibid. Special reservation, as above, f. 233, of the first canonry and prebend to become void in each of the churches of Dunkeld and Moray. [Registered briefly: Nicolaus etc. Ad futuram … (as in f. 233, as far as) inibi collatio provisio etc. ut in prima graciosa precedenti de verbo ad verbum nichil mutando etc. (Pe. de Noxeto. | xxx. Ja. de Viterbio. Arnoldus. Ugolinus.) [In the margin: Mar(tii).]
Ibid. To the above two bishops and prior. Motu proprio mandate to collate and assign to William Forbas, a canon of Dunkeld, who is related to James, king of Scots in the second and (et) third degrees (gradibus) of kindred, and is a nephew of James, bishop of St. Andrews, the canonries and prebends (fn. 2) of the above two churches, reserved, as in the preceding. [Registered almost in full: Nobilitas etc …., ending ut in executoria prime reservationis ad longum scripta de verbo ad verbum, solum mutatis nominibus proprio et ecclesiarum etc. que est pro Hugone Douglas etc.] (Pe. de Noxeto. | xx. Ja. de Viterbio. Arnoldus. Ugolinus.) [In the margin: Mar(tii).]

4 Nicholas V.

1450.
Id. April.
(13 April.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 245.)
To Robert Rodes, layman, of the diocese of Durham. Grant to him (who set out on pilgrimage from England in order to obtain the Jubilee indulgences, but fell ill when he reached Basel and could not go any further), that by giving four gold florins of the camera to the poor he shall gain all the indulgences granted to those who visited the four greater basilicas of Rome (quatuor ecclesias Urbis), as if he had visited them during the prescribed time. Pura fides. (Pe. de Noxeto. L. de Castiliono. Gratis de mandato etc.)

2 Nicholas V.

1448[–9].
6 Kal. March.
(25 Feb.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 256d.)
Motu proprio reservation of the canonry and prebend of one of the churches of Brechin and Glasgow (fn. 1) which shall first become void. Ad fut. rei mem. Et si ecclesiarum. (Pe. de Noxeto. xx. Ja. de Viterbio. A. Trapezuntius.) [In the margin. Ja(nuarii). 1 p.]
Ibid.
(f. 257.)
To the bishops of Melfi (Melfien.), St. Andrews and Dunkeld. Motu proprio mandate to collate the foregoing canonry and prebend to Richard Clephan, priest, of the diocese of St. Andrews, bachelor of canon law. Litterarum etc. (Pe. de Noxeto. xiiii. Ja. Ja(nuarii), as in the preceding.) [1⅓ pp.]

Footnotes

1 On the back of the volume is the usual modern label, with ‘Nicol. V. Secret. Tom. vii.’ Inside the cover is the usual front half of the original sheepskin binding, with ‘Primus Liber,’ ‘Anno Quarto,’ and other more or less contemporary notes. On a flyleaf, in the hand of Giovanni Bissarga. is ‘Nicolai V. Secret Tom. vii,’ There are no rubricellc. The volume ends with the name Gaspar Blondus.
2 que unacum magna parte civitatis Norwicensis olim prothdolor funditus combusta extutit.
3 i.e. the limiting dates of an. 2. Nic. V. A space reserved, as usual, in the Datum ….’ for the day of the month has not been filled.
4 necnon administratione sacramentalium et die dominico in ramis palmarum benedictione, palme eodemque et singulis aliis rogationum ascentionis dominice et festi sancti Marci diebus anno quolibet processione facienda in capella supradicta, sedilium quoque sive stallorum et in eiusdem capelle cancello ambonum reparatione, et nonnullis aliis articulis.
5 servientem regium ad legem.
6 et illarum populi utriusque ipsarum dici ac censeri deberent communiter parrochiani
7 singulos primo vacaturos singularum Glasguensis et Aberdonensis ecclesiarum canonicatus et prebendas.
8 canonicatus et prebendas predictos (cf. f. 256d.).
9 canonicatus et prebendas predictos.