|Inhibition etc. as below. The complaint of the abbot of the Benedictine monastery of Tavistoke and John Colishyl, nobleman, knight and lord of the isle of Sully in the diocese of Exeter, has very often disturbed the pope's ears and embittered his mind, to the effect that a number of pirates have, not without violence, captured and detained, imprisoned, tortured, beaten, wounded, slain and put to excessive ransom the clerks and ecclesiastical and lay persons and inhabitants of the said isle of Sully, the fishermen who fish near thereto, the faithful who go in great numbers to the chapel of St. Elidius, and persons who have suffered shipwreck or who have been otherwise driven by the force of the winds to the shores of the said isle or who in any way repair thither and take no part in warlike acts; that they have also broken, destroyed and burned the churches and other pious places, secular and regular, houses and granges and other buildings, plundered the said churches and places of their books, chalices, paraments and other ornaments, and seized, robbed and carried off (fn. 17) with violence the said books, chalices, paraments and ornaments, and also the fruits etc. of the said abbot and lord, and the goods and merchandise, situate both within and without the said isle, of the said abbot and lord and of the inhabitants, pilgrims, fishermen, persons shipwrecked or otherwise repairing to the said isle, and that they daily do so, on account of which the said abbot and lord and other persons have incurred divers inconveniences and are defrauded of the peaceful enjoyment of the said fruits and goods, the churches are defrauded of their due services, the faithful of the sacraments, and the poor and sick of hospitality and quiet and security; that some persons, who boast in their malice, receive safely in cities, castles etc. the perpetrators of the said crimes and the clerks, inhabitants, pilgrims, fishermen and others who go to the said island, captured by them, and also the goods carried off by them as booty, or order such things to be done, or have approved and do approve the things done or committed in their name or by their order, [and] that others have by themselves and by others aided and abetted the said perpetrators in committing the same. (fn. 18) The pope therefore inhibits all and singular to enter the said isle in future as pirates, attack, capture, detain, afflict [or] put to ransom the clerks, ecclesiastical [and lay] persons, inhabitants, fishermen, shipwrecked persons and any others who go to the said isle, to burn [and] despoil the said churches, (fn. 19) places, houses, granges and other buildings, take, seize, plunder or carry off as booty (fn. 20) such books, chalices, paraments, ornaments, fruits, animals, ships and goods within and without the said isle, molest the said abbot, lord and persons, or (fn. 21) the successors and heirs of the said abbot and lord, or receive in their cities (as above) the said perpetrators, captured clerks and persons and goods carried off, or order such things to be done, or ratify them when done or committed in their name or by their order, or aid or abet the doers thereof, publicly or privately, directly or indirectly, (fn. 22) under pain of ipso facto
excommunication etc.; with mandate hereby to the bishops of Exeter and St. Malo (Maclovien.) to publish these presents as often as and when expedient, or when requested by the said abbot and lord, and excommunicate the said offenders, (fn. 23)
compelling them to make satisfaction, etc. Further the pope, having learned that the said chapel of St. Elidius, which depends on the monastery of Tavistoke and has been wont to be governed by its monks, and to which a great multitude resorts, is greatly deteriorated in respect of its buildings, [chalices,] books and other ornaments, grants hereby in perpetuity to all penitents who visit it on the feasts of Christmas, the Nativity of St. John Baptist and the said St. Elidius, or (aut) give alms for the repair and conservation of its buildings, chalices, books and other ornaments, relaxation of seven years and seven quarantines of enjoined penance. Ad perp. rei mem. Romanus pontifex Christi in terris vicarius. (Ja. Papien. | c. M. Amici. A. de Nepe. Jo. de Tartarinis.) [In the margin: Julii. 4¼ pp.]
|Prid. Kal. July.
St. Peter's, Rome.
|To the bishops of Glasgow and Orte (Ortan.), and the provost of Kilmon in the diocese of Lismore. Mandate, as below. The recent petition of Archibald [son] of Gilbert Eugenii, priest, of the diocese of Lismore, contained that on the voidance, by the resignation of David Rede to George bishop of Lismore, of the parish church of Duinune in the said diocese, of the patronage of the eldest son of the king of Scots by reason of a certain lordship in right of his primogeniture, the late James II, then king of Scots and tutor of James the present king, his eldest son and prince of the said lordship, granted, it is said, the said prince's patronage to the said bishop, who under pretext of such grant united the said church by his own authority to his episcopal mensa, and has unduly detained possession of it, as thus united, for about two years; and that on the death of James II and the accession of the said prince James he, the present king, understanding that the said grant was prejudicial to himself and succeeding princes, and considering that the church was void, inasmuch as the said bishop could not lawfully unite it to the said mensa, presented the said Archibald to the bishop for institution. Seeing that, as the said petition added, the bishop refuses to admit the presentation and to institute Archibald, and that the church is still void in accordance with the foregoing, the pope, at the petition also of the said present king, orders the above three to collate and assign it, value not exceeding 9l. sterling, to Archibald; notwithstanding that, as he alleges, he has spontaneously given up the suit between him and David Rede, priest, which was then pending (fn. 24) without the said court before a certain judge by papal delegation, and all right belonging to him in or to the said church. Vite etc. (G. de Piccolominibus. | xxii. M. Amici. Adrianus.) [In the margin: Julii. 2⅓ pp.]