Vatican Regesta 437
1455

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'Vatican Regesta 437: 1455', Calendar of Papal Registers Relating to Great Britain and Ireland, Volume 11: 1455-1464 (1921), pp. 9-16. URL: http://british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=103654 Date accessed: 22 October 2014.


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

1 Calixtus III.

De Curia.

1455.
4 Kal. June.
(29 May.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 33.)
To the dean of Wells. Faculty to confer the office of notary public on Thomas Deynys, literate, of the diocese of Bath and Wells, who is married to one wife, a virgin, if he have completed his twenty-fifth year, and if he be found fit after examination, first receiving his oath according to the form appended; with special grant and indult hereby that he may, although married, act as a notary in all causes, even spiritual or ecclesiastical causes concerning correction of soul[s], etc., notwithstanding the provincial constitutions of Canterbury [see Lyndwood, Provinciale, lib. III, tit. 3, cap. 2, on pp. 129–130 of the Oxford edition of 1679]. Ne contractuum. (M. Ferrarii. | xx. L. de Castiliono. S. de Spada.) [In the margin: Junii. 14/5 pp.]
Ibid.
(f. 58.)
To Gilbert (Gisberto) Rymer (rectius Kymer), dean of the collegiate church or free chapel royal called Wymbuorn Mynstre (fn. 2) in the diocese of Salisbury, master in medicine. Indult, at his recent petition (containing that by reason of the deanery of the said collegiate church or free chapel, immediately subject to the apostolic see, he is considered as possessing all jurisdiction, in respect both of the clergy and of the people of the said church, which has cure of souls, in such wise that the ordinary of the place or his officials can in no wise interfere with such jurisdiction (fn. 3) ), that he and his successors, deans of the said church or chapel, and those whom they shall appoint for the purpose, may absolve, as often as opportune, all the beneficiaries of the said church or chapel and their chaplains and servitors, and also its parishioners, after hearing their confessions, from all their sins, crimes, etc., in all cases except those reserved to the apostolic see, and enjoin penance; without prejudice in other respects to any right of the ordinary. Iniunctum nobis. (M. Ferrarii. | A. Lumpe.) [1 p. No tax, and no month in the margin.]
12 Kal. May.
(20 April.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 62d.)
To the treasurer of Killaloe (Laonien.). Decree etc., as below. Nicholas V, at the petition of Richard Fitzharry alias Fitz Nicoll, clerk, of the diocese of Limerick (setting forth that he and Thomas Oronayn had resigned for purpose of exchange to John, bishop of Limerick, their respective benefices, namely, the rectory of Baleingadig in the said diocese and the precentorship (fn. 4) of Limerick, that the said bishop had carried out the exchange, and that in virtue of the bishop's collation and provision he had obtained possession of the said precentorship and was still in possession; and adding that he doubted whether the collation and provision held good) granted a mandate on Prid. Id. Feb. anno 8 [1455] to a certain judge to collate and assign the said precentorship, a non-major dignity, value not exceeding 40 marks sterling, to Richard, whether it were still void as above, or by the successive deaths of Alan (Aulanus) Mickennery or Cornelius Ihynwyr, or by the deprivation of Alan (Aulanus) Iloynsyd, clerk, of the said diocese, made by papal authority for his faults and demerits, or in any other way. Inasmuch as the said pope died before his letters were drawn up, the pope hereby decrees that the said grant etc. shall nevertheless hold good from the said date, and that these presents shall be sufficient proof thereof; with mandate hereby to the above treasurer to make the said collation and assignment in accordance with the above. Rationi congruit. (Falco [substituted beneath F. de Sinibaldis, cancelled]. | xxviii. L. de Castiliono. C. Fidelis.) [In the margin: Junii. 3 pp.]
7 Id. June.
(7 June.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 72d.)
To Patrick Grahame, clerk, of the diocese of St. Andrews. Dispensation, at his petition and the petitions of James king of Scots, to whom he is related in the second and third degrees of kindred, and James bishop of St. Andrews, whose nephew he is, to receive and retain together for life any two benefices with cure or otherwise incompatible, even if dignities etc. or parish churches or their perpetual vicarages, or one of each, and to resign them, simply or for exchange, as often as he pleases, notwithstanding his defect of age, he being in or about his twentieth year. Nobilitas generis, vite etc. (L. Dathus. | l. L. de Castiliono. Ja. Bouron. A. de Venereis [rectius Veneriis].) [In the margin: Junii. 1 p.]
4 Kal. July.
(28 June.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 81.)
To John Bernard, treasurer of Wells. Indult to him (whom the pope hereby absolves from all sentences of excommunication etc. incurred by reason of non-residence in any benefice with or without cure, especially the [perpetual] vicarage of Cungaresbury in the diocese of Bath and Wells, or for any other cause, as far only as regards the taking effect of these presents, and who is attaining his seventieth year and is a canon prebendary and treasurer in the said church of Wells) that whilst studying letters at an university, or residing in his said canonry and prebend or in the Roman court or other of his benefices or in any honest place, he may take for life the fruits etc. of the said vicarage or his other benefices, and rent, let or grant them to farm on yearly pension to any persons, even laymen, without requiring licence of the diocesans or any other; with mandate hereby to the bishop of Salisbury, the abbot of St. Mary's, Glastonbury, and the dean of Salisbury to execute the present indult. Vite etc. (M. Ferrarii. | xxxx. L. de Castiliono. Jo. de Vulterris.) [In the margin: Julii. 3 pp. +.]
Prid. Id. June.
(12 June.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 112d.)
To the chancellor of Killaloe (Laonien.). Mandate to receive and admit the desired resignation for purpose of exchange, of Dermit Omeathair, prior of the Augustinian conventual priory of Achmmcharth in the diocese of Ossory (who was lately dispensed by papal authority, on account of illegitimacy as the son of a canon professed of the said order and an unmarried woman related in the fourth and fourth degrees of kindred, to be promoted to all even holy orders and hold a benefice even with cure) and of Patrick Obuagy, prior of the Augustinian conventual priory of Monaincha (Insula vivencium) in the diocese of Killaloe (who was lately dispensed by papal authority, on account of illegitimacy as the son of unmarried parents, to be promoted etc. as above, after which, having been promoted to all the said orders he obtained the rectory of Domnachmor in the said diocese of Ossory, collated to him by authority of the ordinary, which he resigned); and thereupon to collate and assign to Patrick the said priory of Achmmcharth, and to Dermit that of Monaincha, value not exceeding 12 and 30 marks sterling respectively, both which priories are elective and have cure of souls, and to receive before inducting them the usual oaths of fealty according to the form enclosed. They are hereby specially dispensed, notwithstanding their said defects etc., to receive and retain the said priories. The above chancellor is to see that there be no corruption in respect of the said resignations. Apostolice sedis circumspecta benignitas. (F. de Sinibaldis. | l. L. de Castilliono. P. de Bonitate.) [In the margin: Junii. 22/3 pp. Theiner, Vet. Mon. Hib. et Scot. Hist. Illust., pp. 396–397, No. 773, from ‘Reg. de Curia, Tom. II. fol. 112,’ i.e. the present Register, with the spelling ‘Athumicarth, and with the relationship of Dermit's parents given as the ‘quarto et quinto consanguinitatis gradibus.’ See Cal. Papal Lett. X, p. 678.]
1455.
7 Id. June.
(7 June.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 139d.)
To William Forbes, dean of Brechin. Dispensation to him, who is in or about his twentieth year, at his own petition and those of James king of Scots, to whom he is related in the second and third degrees of kindred, and James bishop of St. Andrews, whose nephew he is, to receive and retain for life together with the said deanery, which is a major elective dignity with cure, value not exceeding 30l. sterling, any one other benefice, or if he resign the deanery any two other benefices, with cure or otherwise incompatible, even if parish churches or their perpetual vicarages or dignities etc., and to resign them all, simply or for exchange, as often as he pleases, notwithstanding the said defect of age etc. Nobilitas generis, vite etc. (L. Dathus. | l. L. de Castiliono. Ja. Bouron. A. de Veneriis.) [In the margin: Junii. 1½ pp.]
Ibid.
(f. 140d.)
To Walter Lindesay, clerk, of the diocese of St. Andrews. Dispensation to him, who is in or about his nineteenth year, at his own petition and that of James king of Scots, to whom he is related in the third and fourth degrees of kindred, to receive and retain for life any two benefices with cure or otherwise incompatible, even if dignities etc. or parish churches or their perpetual vicarages, [or one of each], and to resign them, simply or for exchange, as often as he pleases, notwithstanding the said defect of age etc. Nobilitas generis, vite etc. (L. Dathus. | l. L. de Castiliono. Ja. Bouron. A. de Veneriis.) [In the margin: Junii. 1 p. +.]
Ibid.
(f. 141.)
To Hugh de Douglas, clerk, of the diocese of St. Andrews. Dispensation to him, who is brother of the present earl of Angus, and in or about his twentieth year, at his own petition and that of James king of Scots, to whom he is related in the second and third degrees of kindred, to receive and retain for life any two benefices with cure etc., as in the preceding. Nobilitas generis, vite etc. (L. Dathus. | l. L. de Castiliono. Ja. Bouron. A. de Veneriis.) [In the margin:Junii. 1 p. +.]
11 Kal. July.
(21 June.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 152d.)
To John, cardinal priest of St. Sixtus's and Nicholas bishop of Ross (Rossen.) (fn. 5) and Mark bishop of Chrysopolis (Crisopolitan.), [both of whom are] dwelling in the city and diocese of Strassburg (Argentinen.). Mandate, in a matter concerning the commonalty and citizens of the city of Strassburg. Debitum pastoralis officii. (L. Dathus. | xxxx. M. Amici. D. de Luca.) [In the margin: Julii. 3 pp. Cf. below, Reg. Vat. CCCCXLVI, f. 34d.]
8 Kal. Aug.
(25 July.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 190.)
To Martin Dier, perpetual vicar of Peyngton in the diocese of Exeter. Dispensation to hold for life with the said vicarage, value not exceeding 40 marks sterling, any one other, or if he resign the said vicarage any two other benefices with cure or otherwise incompatible, even if dignities etc., even major or principal dignities, provided that they be not two parish churches or their perpetual vicarages, and to resign them, simply or for exchange, as often as he pleases. Vite etc. (L. Dathus. | xxxv. L. de Castiliono. Jo. de Vulterris.) [In the margin: Junii. 1¾ pp.]
7 Id. June.
(7 June.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 199d.)
To John de Balfour, perpetual vicar of Lynlychqw in the diocese of St. Andrews, M.A. Dispensation as below. Nicholas V dispensed him to hold with the said vicarage [any] one other, or if he resigned the vicarage [any] two other, benefices with cure or otherwise incompatible, even if parish churches or perpetual vicarages or dignities etc., namely for ten years if they were two parish churches or perpetual vicarages or one of each, or for life if they were other incompatible benefices, and to resign them all, simply or for exchange, as often as he pleased. At his recent petition, containing that he afterwards obtained the rectory of Conveth in the diocese of St. Andrews and held it with the said vicarage, as he still does, and that the end of the said ten years is at hand, the pope dispenses him, who is by both parents of noble birth, at the petition also of James king of Scots, to continue to hold, for other fifteen years after the lapse of the said ten, the said vicarage and church or any other parish church or perpetual vicarage, or one of each, and along with them or with any two other incompatible benefices which he shall hold under the said dispensation [of pope Nicholas], any other third benefice with cure or otherwise incompatible for life, even if a parish church or its perpetual vicarage or a dignity etc., and to resign them all, simply or for exchange, as often as he pleases, and hold likewise for life instead three incompatible benefices, provided that not more than two be parish churches or perpetual vicarages or one of each. Nobilitas generis, vite etc. (L. Dathus. | l. L. de Castiliono. Julius.) [In the margin: Junii. 22/3 pp. See Cal. Papal Lett., X. pp. 257, 258.]
4 Kal. July.
(28 June.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 217.)
Annulment, etc., as below. The recent petition of abbot Humbert and the convent of the monastery of St. Anthony, of the order of St. Augustine, in the diocese of Vienne, contained that although in accordance with the form of the statutes of the said monastery, made by papal authority, all preceptors of preceptories-general which depend on it are bound to appear every year, in person or by proxy, in the chaptergeneral of the canons and religious of the same, and moreover to pay divers yearly pensions or responsions to the abbot of the said monastery for the support of the burdens of him and it, and for the maintenance of the poor and sick who resort daily to its hospital; and that although there was no reasonable cause why the preceptory-general of the said St. Anthony in England, dependent on the said monastery, and its preceptor ought to have been exempted from the jurisdiction, superiority, dominion and power of the abbot of the said monastery, nevertheless it appears that Nicholas V, circumvented by a number of causes suggested to him, and at the petition of Henry king of England, exempted from all such jurisdiction etc. the said preceptory of England and its immediately subject preceptors (fn. 6) ; under pretext of which the present preceptor-general of England not only neglects to appear in the said chapter, but even withdraws the pension due by him to the said monastery (fn. 7) . The pope therefore annuls the said exemption and its consequences etc., restores the said abbot to his former condition, and orders the dean of Lyon not to permit the abbot and convent to be molested under pretext of the said exemption, but on the contrary to compel the said present preceptor and the preceptor for the time being to pay the said pension in full, invoking if necessary the said of the secular arm, etc. Ad fut rei mem. Provida apostolice sedis circumspectio. (Falco. | xxxxv. L. de Castiliono. D. de Luca.) [In the margin. Junii. 2 pp.]
Kal. July.
(1 July.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 221.)
To Robert Sprotlay and John Baron’, perpetual chaplains of the chantry of the late John duke of Lancaster and Blanche his wife, founded in the church of London. Grant, as below. Nicholas V, upon its being set forth by them that they were bound, in accordance with the foundation of the chantry founded by the late John duke of Lancaster in the church of London, to say the canonical hours and other divine offices conjointly (coniunctim) in a certain chapel appointed to them, lodge together and eat together, and on the principal feasts to be present at all the canonical hours in the choir and at processions belonging to the said feasts, under pain of perjury, and that they could not absent themselves from the said chantry for more than seven weeks, and were bound to other burdens which on account of the poverty of the fruits of the chantry they could not fulfil) granted that they might, each of them, receive and retain for life together with the said chantry, which is without cure, a benefice with or without cure, even if a canonry and prebend or dignity, not major in the said church, or [principalin] a collegiate church, and to let and rent its fruits etc., even to laymen, say separately (divisim) the said office and hours in the said chapel or any other place of their choice, and absent themselves from the said chantry without licence of the dean of the said church, as often as they pleased, for the purpose of health (recreationiscausa) or other lawful reason, provided that they caused the chantry to be served by another or others, and not to be bound, when lawful causes existed, to be present at the said feasts and processions, without incurring perjury thereby, etc. At their recent petition, containing that some hesitate whether the letters of the said pope may be held surreptitious, because there is no mention therein of the fruits etc. of the said chantry, which fruits are not worth to each of them more than 12 marks sterling a year, and that the said duke and the late Blanche his wife founded it, and because the said leave of absence can be asked not only from the dean but also from the chapter, the pope hereby grants to them that the said grant etc. and their consequences shall hold good as if full and explicit mention had been made therein of the true value of the said chantry, and that they may absent themselves as above without licence of the dean and chapter, and dispenses them to receive and retain for life together with it any office or benefice with or without cure, even if it be a dignity, not major, personatus or office or a canonry and prebend in the said or other cathedral or in a collegiate church, and to resign it, simply or for exchange, as often as they please, and hold for life instead two other similar or dissimilar incompatible benefices. Vite etc. (L. Dathus. | l. M. Amici. D. de. Luca.) [In the margin: Julii. 2¼ pp. See Cal. Papal Lett., Vol. X, p. 155.]
12 Kal. May.
(20 April.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 235d.)
To John Messemby, prior of the Augustinian monastery of St. Mary Magdalen, Lanrecoost, in the diocese of Carlisle. Decree, as below. Nicholas V dispensed him (the fruits etc. of the priorship being so much diminished by floods and frequent invasions of the Scots that he could not support his burdens) to receive and retain for life in commendam along with the said priorship any benefice with or without cure wont to be governed by secular clerks, even if a parish church or a perpetual vicarage etc., to a value of 40l. sterling, and to resign it, simply or for exchange, as often as he pleased. The pope hereby approves and confirms the said dispensation, and dispenses him that he may similarly retain such benefice. (fn. 8) Rationi congruit. (L. Dathus. | xxx. M. Amici. Jo. de Vulterris.) [In the margin: Julii. 1 p. +.]
8 Kal. Aug.
(25 July.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 243.)
To Thomas Kent, I.U.D., and his present wife, of the diocese of London. Indult, at their recent petition (containing that the said Thomas, who is a clerk of the council of Henry king of England, has laboured very much in the service of the said king and has consequently become weak; and also that, as a result of old age, he cannot fast in Lent to the extent of taking one meal a day (fn. 9) without bodily hurt) that they shall not be bound for life during Lent to fast to the extent of one meal a day, (fn. 10) except only on Fridays, and that the confessor of their choice may commute such fasting into other works of piety. Devotionis vestre. (L. Dathus. | xiiii. L. de Castiliono. Jo. de Vulterris.) [In the margin:Junii. ½ p.]
Ibid. To John Wenlok, knight, of the diocese of Lincoln. Indult, he being in his eightieth year and more, that the confessor of his choice may grant him licence, during Lent and at all times of fasting, to eat milk, butter, cheese and other milk meats, and may commute [his fasting] into other works of piety. Votis tuis. (L. Dathus. | x. L. de Castiliono. Jo. de Vulterris.) [In the margin: Junii. ½ p.]
7 Kal. Aug.
(26 July.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 243d. (fn. 11) )
To William Croysser, archdeacon of Teviotdale (Tevdalie) in Glasgow, a notary apostolic. Decree as below. The pope has learned that Peter Poyciaci, prior of the Augustinian priory de Valle in the diocese of Vienne, sometimes delays and sometimes refuses to pay the yearly pension of 50 old crowns, of which 64 are worth a mark of gold, (fn. 12) on the fruits etc. of the Augustinian priory de Boyssa (sic) in the diocese of Lyon, which pension was assigned to him for life by Nicholas V, payable to him on certain feasts or days in the place de Boyssia (sic). Seeing that in the agreements between William (who freely resigned in favour of the said Peter the commenda which had been made to him of the said priory) and Peter, which agreements the pope has caused to be inspected in the chancery, it is expressly stipulated that the said pension should be paid to William, not in the said place but in the city of Lyon, which is not more than ten miles distant therefrom, although in the proxy for the resignation of the said commenda, the said place of Boyssia is stipulated for, and that it is very costly and dangerous to have the pension anywhere except in the said city, the pope hereby, in order that William may not remain deprived of the said pension, decrees motu proprio that Peter is bound to pay it to him for William's life, not in the said place but in the said city, and grants that in case of default on the part of Peter, William may resume the said priory and hold it in commendam for life together with his other benefices. Personam tuam. (M. Ferrarii. | xxx. M. Amici. Jo. de Vulterris.) [In the margin: Julii. 1¾ pp. See Cal. Papal Lett., X, p. 529.]

Footnotes

1 On the back of the volume is the brief modern description, in Latin: ’Calix. iii. Anno i. Tom. ii.’ A leaf of the original sheepskin binding survives, with the year ‘mcccclv.’, ‘R(ecipe) Hadriane,’ ‘Vidit Ph.’ and several other contemporary notes. After a contemporary paper flyleaf, with ‘Cristoforus de [surname illegible by the editor], come ten unnumbered folios of the contemporary ‘Rubricelle,’ headed ‘Sequuntur Rubric[ell]e secundi libri de Curia sanctissimi in Christo patris et domini nostri domini Calisti divina providentia pape tertii, anno mcccclv, indictione iii, die xxx mensis Julii,’ and ending ‘Et sic est finis istius secundi libri de Curia s. d. n. domini Calisti pape iii. finiti de mense Augusti mcccclv.’ Then comes the text, ff. i.-cclxxxxvi.
2 decano ecclesie collegiate seu libere capelle regis (more usually ‘regie’) de Wymbuorn Mynstre nuncupate. The end of the word ‘Wymbuorn’ is obscure.
3 se de huiusmodi jurisdictione nullatenus habeant impedire.
4 preceptoriam here and passim. The word is also written ‘precenptoriam,’ whilst in more than one place ‘preceptoria’ is corrected to ‘precentoria’ by the barring of the second ‘e’ and the cancelling of the ‘p.’
5 There is no bishop Nicholas at this date in the list of bishops of Ross in Scotland or Ross in Ireland in Eubel, Hierarchia, vol. ii, p. 248. Cf. below, note to Reg. Vat. ccccxlvi, f. 34d.
6 Nicholas V's exemption is not in Vol. X of this Calendar.
7 nedum in prefato capitulo comparere negligit, quin ymo pensionemsubtrahere indebite non veretur.
8 The letter does not, as is usual in letters of ‘Rationi congruit,’ explicitly mention that it was on account of the death of Nicholas V that that pope's letters were not drawn up. Either this has been inadvertently omitted, or the letter is of a form not hitherto met with. The proem is as usual: ’Rationi congruit et convenit honestati ut ea que de Romani pontificis gratia processerunt, licet eius superveniente obitu littere apostolice super illis confecte non fuerint, suum consequantur effectum.’ Nicholas V's dispensation does not, in any case, occur in Vol. X of this Calendar.
9 ad unam videlicet refectionem in die commode ieiunare non potes.
10 ad ieiunandum usque ad unam refectionem in die.
11 For a commission etc. to John de Neapoli, S.T.P., a Friar Preacher etc., on f. 247, see below, Reg. Vat. CCCCXXXVIII, f. 217 note.
12 pensionem annuam sexaginta quatuor [sic] scutorum antiquorum quorum sexaginta quatuor marcas [sic] auri valent … The text is here evidently faulty, and the translation above is made from the better text in Reg. Lat. CCCCLXVIII, f. 57d. (see Cal. Papal Lett., vol. x, p. 529) which has ‘pensionem annuam quinquaginta scutorum antiquorum quorum sexaginta quatuor marcham auri valent.’