Vatican Regesta 444
1455-1456

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'Vatican Regesta 444: 1455-1456', Calendar of Papal Registers Relating to Great Britain and Ireland, Volume 11: 1455-1464 (1921), pp. 42-48. URL: http://british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=103661 Date accessed: 31 July 2014.


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

1 Calixtus III.

De Curia.

1455.
12 Kal. May.
(20 April.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 18d.)
To Patrick Nicolai. Collation and provision to him, who is a priest, of a canonry of Aberdeen, with reservation to the pope's gift, for collation to him, of a prebend and a dignity etc. therein, and of a benefice with or without cure wont to be assigned to secular clerks, value not exceeding 25 marks sterling if with cure or 18 if without, in the gift of the abbot and convent of the Benedictine monastery of St. Thomas the Martyr, Alberbrothoc (sic), in the diocese of St. Andrews. Vite etc.
Concurrent mandate to the bishop of Alessandria, the abbot of Cupar (de Cupro) in the diocese of St. Andrews and the official of Brechin. Hodie dilecto filio. (Nicasius (fn. 2) | xii. x. P. de Legendorff. L. Therunda.) [In the margin: Junii. 4 pp.]

2 Calixtus III.

1456.
10 Kal. July.
(22 June.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 48.)
To the abbot of the Benedictine monastery of Evesham in the diocese of Worcester. Mandate, at the recent petition of the abbot and convent of the Benedictine monastery of St. Mary, Tewkysbury, in the diocese of Worcester (containing that in the church or cemetery of the said monastery a number of its founders and other lords are buried, for whose souls the abbot and monks are bound to celebrate daily, even to sing, the office of the dead and other divine offices and masses, (fn. 3) but that the fruits and other emoluments given to them for the support of the said burdens have been very much diminished by wars and other misfortunes; that the late Henry duke of Warwick, whose progenitors founded and endowed the said monastery, and Cecily his wife, whose bodies are buried therein, willed and desired the daily celebration therein of the office of the dead, anniversaries and daily masses, for their souls and the souls of all faithful departed, (fn. 4) and to that effect granted to the abbot and convent, with a view to its appropriation, their patronage of the parish church of Sherston in the diocese of Salisbury, the value of which, as the abbot and convent allege, does not, after deducting the portion of the perpetual vicar, who has been instituted, (fn. 5) and its other burdens, exceed 40 marks sterling; and that Richard earl of Warwick, the successor of the said patrons, has given his consent for the making of the said union), if he find the foregoing to be true, to make the desired appropriation in perpetuity, first reserving from the fruits etc. of the said church the anciently fixed fit portion for the perpetual vicar, who has been instituted by authority of the ordinary, (fn. 6) so that on the resignation or death of the present rector they may take possession of the said church and convert its fruits etc. to the uses of the said church and monastery. Admonet nos. (M. Ferrarii. xxvi. P. de Leyendorff. Jo. de Vulterris.) [In the margin:Junii. 2½ pp.]
4 Kal. June.
(29 May.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 55d.)
To Andrew bishop of Glasgow. Indult (at his recent petition, containing that the city and diocese of Glasgow, by reason that the marches of Scotland have suffered and daily suffer many disasters of war and hostile incursions, are greatly impoverished, wherefore he cannot visit in person the churches etc. within his city and diocese and the persons thereof without great inconvenience to himself and his subjects), for ten years to make the said visit by deputy, and receive the procurations due from the said churches etc. and persons, once a year only, in money; with mandate executory hereby to the bishops of Dunblane and Brechin and the official of St. Andrews. Devocionis tue. (M. Ferrarii. | lxx. P. de Legendorff. Jo. de Cam(erin)o. D. de Luca.) [In the margin: Junii. 1½ pp.]
Non. June.
(5 June.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 92d.)
To the archbishop of York. Request etc., as below. The pope has recently learned that Prosper cardinal deacon of St. George's in Velabro, called of Colonna, a canon prebendary of the prebend of Lagthon in York, considering that canonries and prebends and ecclesiastical benefices in remote parts are better and more usefully governed by natives of those parts than by foreigners or their proctors, for that and for certain other reasonable causes proposes to resign the said canonry and prebend, in order that provision may be made of them to John Lax, doctor of laws and a secretary of the pope, for the increase of divine worship in the said church, and for the restoration of the estates and goods of the said prebend and their proper cultivation. (fn. 7) The pope therefore, who has given licence to the said cardinal and John to treat in the matter, alike for the good of the said canonry and prebend and for their own, (fn. 8) requests and exhorts (fn. 9) the above archbishop to receive and admit by his ordinary authority the said resignation, if the said cardinal make it to him by his letters patent or by his proctor, and after having received and admitted it, to collate and assign by the said authority the said canonry and prebend, the value of which the pope holds to be sufficiently expressed by these presents, to the said John, and cause him to be inducted, and to grant and assign to the said cardinal upon the said fruits etc. a yearly pension for his life of 20l. sterling, to be paid by the said John in the Roman court at the end of every year from the time of his obtaining peaceable possession, under pain of excommunication, deprivation etc., in which case or in the event of John's death the cardinal may re-enter even without fresh collation and provision. Iniuncta nobis. (M. Ferrarii. | Gratis de mandato domini nostri pape. S. de Spada.) [22/3 pp. See below, Reg. Vat. CCCCLVIII., f. 46d.]
8 Kal. June.
(25 May.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 104d.)
To Cornelius Omulalaid, bishop of Elphin. Grant etc. as below. Nicholas V. translated him from Emly to Elphin, and translated William [now] bishop of Emly from Elphin to Emly, as is more fully contained in divers letters drawn up in the matter (desuper confectis), whose tenours the pope holds to be sufficiently expressed by these presents. Seeing, however, that Cornelius, before the letters about his translation had been carried to those parts, but after they had been expedited, (fn. 10) took possession of the rule and administration of the said church of Elphin; that a certain proctor of his, (fn. 11) with his consent, publicly read before the clergy and people of the city of Elphin the letters, which had been expedited by the camera, about the translation of the said William to the church of Emly, pronouncing Cornelius's name and the church of Elphin wherever it was necessary; that it is alleged by many that the said William had not a good right in the said church of Elphin, and that that church became and is void, not by such translation of William [to Emly] but by the death of Laurence without the Roman court; that Cornelius, being bound to pay a certain yearly pension to the said William bishop of Emly, has for two years not paid it; and that Cornelius, without having made mention of his possession and surreptitious letters, got himself promoted to the church of Clonfert, and afterwards, without having taken the fruits therefrom, got himself translated thence to the said church of Emly, (fn. 12) he now doubts whether by reason of the foregoing he has incurred sentence of excommunication and other sentences, censures and pains, and whether he may be molested in regard to the said church of Elphin, of which he is in peaceable possession, and which he has laudably governed for about five years, as he still does. The pope therefore, absolving Cornelius (who is of illegitimate birth, being the son of unmarried parents, has made an agreement with the said William bishop of Emly about the said pension, which now ceases, has recovered the apostolic letters, which have been entirely (totaliter) expedited, about his said translation to Elphin, and has paid the fruits due to the papal camera) from all such sentences etc., dispensing him in regard to any irregularity contracted by him when under the same, and rehabilitating him, grants and decrees etc. that his dispensation, consecration, absolution, translation, provision and appointment to the said church of Elphin, and all the acts of his administration etc., and the said letters granted to him and their consequences, shall fully hold good, and that he may be bishop of and freely and lawfully rule and govern the said church of Elphin, even if it became or be void by the death of the said Laurence or of Thomas Bayrot (i.e. Baret), or by the deprivation of any of the bishops of Elphin, or in any other way, and even if its provision for any reason belong to the apostolic see, as if the publication of the said letters had not been fraudulently made, as aforesaid, and as if he had paid the said pension at the due time, and as if he had taken possession of the said church of Elphin with true bulls. (fn. 13) Et si Romanus pontifex. (M. Ferrarii. lx. P. de Legendorff. Jo. de Cam(erin)o. Julius.) [In the margin: Junii. 2 pp. See Cal. Papal Lett. Vol. X, p. 439.]

1 Calixtus III.

1455[–6].
6 Id. April.
(8 April.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 184.)
To Robert Pingil (or Piugil), clerk, of the diocese of St. Andrews. Declaration etc., as below. Recently, after the present pope had made provision to Andrew elect of Glasgow, of that church, he motu proprio ordered all his benefices, when they should become void by the said promotion and by the consecration to be administered to him, to be collated or granted in commendam, and provision thereof to be made, to Andrew Stewart, clerk, of the diocese of St. Andrews, a brother of James king of Scots, who had then not yet attained his twelfth year, the pope dispensing him accordingly [see above pp. 1 & 2]. Afterwards the pope granted provision to the above Robert of the perpetual vicarage of Ki[l]patrik (fn. 14) in the diocese of Glasgow, when it should become void as above [below, f. 204]. The said vicarage being expected to become void shortly by the said promotion and by the consecration to be administered to the said elect, the pope hereby declares, in order to extinguish all litigation which may arise about the said vicarage between the above Robert (who was lately dispensed by papal authority, on account of illegitimacy as the son of unmarried parents, to be promoted to all even holy orders and receive and retain four mutually compatible benefices with or (vel) without cure, even if canonries and prebends, dignities, etc., provided that they were not two major or principal dignities [or two parish churches or their perpetual vicarages, or one of each, as below, f. 204], and to resign them, simply or for exchange, as often as he pleased; and on whose behalf Anthony cardinal priest of St. Crisogonus's, of whose household Robert is a continual commensal member, has petitioned) and Andrew, that it never was and is not his intention that by the grant or commenda made to the said young Andrew Stewart he should or shall have or obtain the said vicarage with cure, although the letters granted to him may have been a day earlier in date, but that notwithstanding them the grant made to Robert shall take full effect; and decrees and declares that the said vicarage, upon its voidance as above, shall lawfully belong to Robert, adjudges it to him and imposes perpetual silence in regard thereto upon Andrew, and annuls Andrew's said grant and commenda as far only as regards the said vicarage with cure, but not otherwise; with reservation hereby to the pope's gift, for collation to Robert, of the said vicarage, value not exceeding 16l. sterling. Vite etc. (M. Ferrarii. | xxv. P. [de] Legendorff. G. de Puteo.) [In the margin: Maii. 3 pp.]
1455. (fn. 15)
8 Id. May.
(8 May.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 204.)
To the same. Reservation to the pope's gift, for collation to him (who was lately dispensed by papal authority, on account of illegitimacy as the son of unmarried parents, to be promoted to all even holy orders and receive and retain four mutually compatible benefices with and (et) without cure, even if canonries and prebends, dignities etc., provided that they were not two major or principal dignities or two parish churches or their perpetual vicarages, or one of each [and to resign them, simply or for exchange, as often as he pleased, as in the preceding], at the petition also of Anthony cardinal priest of St. Crisogonus's, of whose household he is a continual commensal member) of the [perpetual] vicarage of the parish church of Kilpatrik (fn. 16) in the diocese of Glasgow, value not exceeding 16l. sterling, to become void by the promotion made by the pope of Andrew elect of Glasgow, and by the consecration to be administered to him; with dispensation on account of the said defect etc. Vite etc.
Concurrent mandate to the bishop of Volterra, the abbot of Holyrood de Edimburch, in the diocese of St. Andrews and the dean of Glasgow. Hodie cum vicaria. (M. Ferrarii. xiii. xi. P. de Legendorff. A. de Panigaliis.) [In the margin:Junii. 2½ pp.]

2 Calixtus III.

1456.
17 Kal. Sept.
(16 Aug.)
S. Maria
Maggiore, Rome.
(f. 276.)
To the bishop of St. Andrews, the abbot of Lindores (de Lundoris) in the diocese of St. Andrews and the prior of St. Andrews. Mandate, as below. The pope has been informed by Robert Clogstown, a Cistercian monk of Cupar (de Cupro) in the diocese of St. Andrews, doctor of canon law, that David Crach, minister of the Trinitarian house of the place of Berwick and rector of the rectory of the parish church of Reenos (? rectius Ketnes) in the said diocese, canonically annexed to the said house, in order the more quickly to obtain the said house and rectory, promised by oath to give and assign, and did assign, to Peter Stirlyng, a Trinitarian friar, a moiety every year of the fruits etc. of the said house and rectory, and also two chaldrons (duas celdias, rectius celdras) of victuals to the vicar of the said rectory, and also made divers unlawful contracts with several persons, ecclesiastical and secular, in regard to the alienation of rights and goods belonging to the said rectory, and otherwise to rule and administer ill the said house and rectory; that David is a public perjurer and simoniac, and is much defamed in those parts of these and divers other crimes. The pope therefore orders the above three, if and after the said Robert (who has made his open profession of the said Cistercian order, and in times past was of great service to the said monastery [of Cupar], and has a singular affection for the said Trinitarian order) accuses David (who is illegitimate, and who without having obtained any dispensation got vicious entry to the said house and rectory (fn. 17) ) before the above three, to summon David, and if they find the foregoing or enough thereof for the purpose to be true, to deprive and remove him, and in that event to collate and assign the said house (which from of old is conventual) and the said rectory, their value not exceeding 30l. sterling, to Robert, the place thereof, situate in the realm of Scotland and on the borders of the enemies of the country, being unlawfully in the possession of the said enemies, and their buildings being, on account of divers translations or detentions, occupations and illicit contracts of very many past ministers of the said house greatly ruined, and their fruits and rents, vestments and ornaments greatly desolated, especially inasmuch as the minister-general of the said Trinitarian order lives beyond the seas and does not visit the said place. As soon as Robert has obtained possession of the said house and rectory, they are to transfer him from the said monastery of Cupar to the said Trinitarian order, and receive and cause him to be received as a friar thereof, and receive his regular profession etc. Religionis zelus, litterarum sciencia, vite etc. (M. Ferrarii. | xxxv. Callio. L. Bussa.) [In the margin: Augusti. 4 pp.]

Footnotes

1 On the back of the volume is the usual modern label, with ‘Calix. iii. de Cur. Anno ii. Tom. ix.’ Inside it is the usual front half of the original sheepskin binding, with several contemporary notes, e.g. ‘Liber nonus de Curia domini nostri Calisti pape iii.’ in large minuscule, to which is added in a normal sized minuscule ‘Inceptus de mense Jullii (sic)mcccclvi.,’ ‘Infeudatio comitatus Vaneysini (sic) facta domino Dalphino Francie fo. cclxv.,’ ‘Revocatio omnium gratiarum factarum baronibus Ro(mane) E(cclesie), fo. clxv.,’ etc. There are 18 pp. of ‘Rubricelle,’ headed ’Incipiunt Rubricelle noni libri de Curia sanctissimi domini nostri domini Calisti pape iii. anno secundo, incepte de mense Julii anno domini mcccclvi. indictione quarta.’ There are ff. i.-cclxxxvi. of text.
2 An ‘M.’ before ‘Nicasius’ was wiped out by the scribe whilst it was wet, he having evidently by force of habit begun to write the more common ‘M. Ferrarii.’
3 ad exequias defunctorum aliaque divina officia et missas etiam per notam quotidie celebrandum de necessitate astringuntur.
4 inter cetera pie voluerunt et desideraverunt exequia[s] anniversaria et missas quotidianas in dicto monasterio pro eorum animabus et omnium fidelium defunctorum quotidie celebrari.
5 in eadem instituti.
6 reservata tamen prius super illius fructibus redditibus et proventibus pro perpetuo inibi vicario ordinaria auctoritate instituto congrua portione antiquitus limitata.
7 canonicus prebendatus (cancelled) prebendarius prebende de Lagthon ecclesie Eboracensis, provide attendens quod canonicatus et prebende ac beneficia ecclesiastica in remotis partibus consistentia per personas ex illis originem trahentes quam per exteros sive ipsorum procuratores melius et utilius gubernantur, et propterea ac ex certis aliis rationabilibus causis ad id animum suum moventibus dictos canonicum et prebendamde Lagthon quos obtinet ad finem et effectum ut de illis dilecto filio Johanni Lax legum doctori et secretario nostro pro augmento divini cultus in eadem ecclesia ac prediorum et bonorum ciusdem prebende restauratione et ad debitam culturam reductione provideatur sponte et libere resignare proponat.
8 quibus quidem Prospero cardinali ac Johanni predictis super inde tractandi et comferendi (sic), tam pro eorumdem canonicatus et prebende quam propriis commoditatibus, auctoritate apostolica licentiam dedimus pariter et facultatem.
9 fraternitatem tuam rogamus et hortamur attente quatenus.
10 litterisad partes nondum delatis sed tunc expeditis.
11 et quidem (rectius quidam) tuus procurator.
12 et etiam quia alias non facta mentione de possessione cum litteris surreptionis sed (f3, rectius ‘te’) ad ecclesiam Clonfertensem promoveri et deinde ex ea fructibus non perceptis ad predictam ecclesiam Imulacensem (sic) te transferri obtinuisti. …
13 ac si publicatio litterarum huiusmodi in fraudem ut premittitur facta non fuisset, tuque pensionem (MS. persionem) predictam debito tempore persolvisses ac possessionem dicte ecclesie Elphinensis cum veris bullis apprehendisses.
14 III written.
15 mocccclvo . corrected by erasure from mocccclvio .
16 The text was Cum itaque parrochialis ecclesia de Kilpatrik. Before parrochialis there is a caret, to which corresponds vicaria added in the margin by G. [de Vulterris], who has also corrected ecclesia to ecclesie.
17 et in grammatica doces.