Prid. Kal. March.
St. Mark's, Rome.
|Confirmation, as below. The recent petition of William Knolis, preceptor of the house of St. John of Jerusalem, Torfichem, in the diocese of St. Andrews, contained that recently the late Peter Raymondus (sic) Zacosta, master, and the baiulivii (sic), priors, preceptors and brethren of the said hospital, assembled in their chapter-general at Rome, dispensed, in virtue of letters granted to them by the present pope, the said William, who had already made his profession of the order, so that (notwithstanding the establishments (fn. 2) of the said hospital, by which it is said to be provided that it shall not be lawful for brethren thereof, who have not served for three years in the convent of Rhodes or at least for five years in the said religion, (fn. 3) to seek any preceptorships, and notwithstanding that he had not served in the said convent for three years or the said religion for five years) he might lawfully seek from the said master and convent the preceptorship of the house of St. John, Torfichem, of the said hospital, then void by the death of Henry de Levynsten'; and that they afterwards, in virtue of the said letters, collated and granted to him the said preceptorship for life. The pope therefore confirms hereby the said dispensation and collation and grant, and orders the archbishop of Arles and the bishops of St. Andrews and Dunblane to induct the said William, etc. The pope exemplifies:—
(i) the letters of brother Peter Raymundus Zacosta, master of the house of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem, and the baiulivi, priors, preceptors and brethren of the said house, holding their chaptergeneral at Rome, setting forth that they have received:—
the letters of pope Paul ii, which they exemplify, Ad fut. rei mem. Provida Romani pontificis circumspectio, dated at St. Peter's, Rome 1466, 13 Kal. Jan. (20 Dec.) anno 3, empowering the master and brethren to receive and admit resignations of priorships, preceptorships or baiulive
etc., made simply or for cause of exchange, and to make collation and provision thereof, notwithstanding any constitution etc. to the contrary;
[and the letters of the same brother Peter etc. and brethren as above addressed] to brother William Knollis of the realm of Scotland, a [knight] of the said conventual house, (fn. 4) beginning Expositionis vestre, and granting to him the said dispensation (fn. 5) under their leaden capitular bull, dated at Rome during (durante) the said chapter-general, 22 Dec. 1466,
(ii) similar letters of the above brother Peter Raymundus Zacosta … brethren of the said house (as above) holding their chapter-general at Rome, setting forth that they have received:—
the letters of pope Paul II, which they again exemplify, Ad fut. rei mem. Provida Romani pontificis circumspectio, dated at St. Peter's, Rome, 1466, 13 Kal. Jan. (20 Dec.) anno 3, as above, empowering etc. as above;
[and the letters of the same Peter etc. and brethren as above, addressed] (fn. 6) to the above brother William Knollis, beginning Religionis decor … et alia virtutum
vestrarum commendabilia merita, and collating and granting to him for life the baiuliva or preceptorship of St. John, Torphychen, void by the death of Henry de Lyvynston, under their leaden capitular bulla, dated at Rome in their said chapter-general, 14 Jan. 1466[–7].
Ad fut. rei mem. Religionis zelus, vite etc. (L. Dathus. | l.F. de Maffeis. Sinolfus. Ja. de Rizonibus. F. de Gualbes.Jo. Baptista. Collat. G. Blondus. In the margin: Mar(tii).) [8¾ pp. The letter of Paul II referred to above, viz. Ad fut. rei mem. Provida Romani pontificis circonspectio (sic), dated at St. Peter's, Rome, 1466, 13 Kal. Jan. (20 Dec.) anno 3, about the admission of resignations by Hospitallers in their chapter-general at Rome of priorships, preceptorships etc., made simply or for exchange, and the making of fresh collation thereof, is duly registered in Reg. Vat. DXIX, ff. 191r.–192r.]