People of Medieval Scotland
1093 - 1371

Thomas of Melsonby, prior of Durham (fl.1229-44)

Watt and Shead, Heads, 30: Thomas was prior of Coldingham and occurs on 15 January 1229. He was elected prior of Durham in March 1234. Fasti Ecclesiae Anglicanae 1066-1300, ii, 29-32, 32-36: Thomas of Melsonby was the son of the rector of Melsonby and from Yorkshire. He first occurs as prior of Durham on 11 June 1234 and was elected bishop of Durham on 1 June 1237. This was opposed by Henry III, though, and Thomas resigned without consecration on 8 April 1240. He last occurs as prior of Durham on 22 May 1244 and resigned that year.
1229 × 1241
Related Place
Durham (City and County)
Grantor Beneficiary relationships
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Date Short Summary Role Witnesses Source
unavailable Appointment of judges-delegate Appointee 4/32/63 (Glas. Reg., no. 147)
unavailable Resignation and quitclaim of little villa of Swinwood (BWK) named person (transaction) 3/15/60 (ND, App., no. 127)
1227 X Mar. 1234 Gift of 2 oxgangs of land in Little Reston Sealer Adam of Prenderguest ; Alan, son of Cospatric of Swinton; Alexander of Paxton; John, son of Elias of Ayton; Maurice, son of Master Merlin; Ralph, grieve of Coldingham; Robert of Paxton (son of Ada); Robert, son of Reginald of Great Reston; Roger, son of Ralph grieve of Coldingham ; William Lindsay (IV), son of Walter (III) (d.c.1247); William of Mordington; William of Paxton, clerk (son of Ada); William, vicar of Oldcambus 3/499/3 (ND, App., no. 394)
16 Dec. 1227 Appointment of papal judges-delegate Appointee 2/140/3 (Glas. Reg., no. 147)
15 Jan. 1229 Settlement of case between Hugh of Potton, archdeacon of Glasgow, and Walter, bishop of Glasgow Judge Abel of Gullane, bishop of St Andrews (d.1254); Herbert Maunsel, abbot of Kelso (fl.1221-39); Ivo, prior of Jedburgh; John Maxwell, chamberlain, sheriff of Roxburgh (d.1241); Philip de Mowbray; Ralph of Braid, master; Richard of Braid (Brade), canon of Glasgow; Richard of Ewood, canon of Glasgow; Robert de Anesey; Robert de Crag, canon of Glasgow; William Colville, son of Thomas Colville; William of Ednam, master, archdeacon of Dunkeld (d.1251×57); William of Greenlaw, master (d.1247); William, abbot of Paisley (fl.1225/26-1266) 4/32/63 (Glas. Reg., no. 147)
30 Mar. 1231 X 24 Jun. 1231 Correspondence concerning payment due Addressee 3/15/62 (ND, App., no. 129)
30 Mar. 1231 X 31 Dec. 1232 Receipt of 100 marks for quitclaim of villa of Swinwood (BWK) Issuer of receipt 3/15/49 (ND, App., no. 119)
29 Dec. 1231 X 31 Dec. 1232 Receipt of 40 marks of 200 marks owed Issuer of receipt 3/15/63 (ND, App., no. 130)
16 May 1232 Gift of 20 marks from Coldinghamshire for 'waiting' Beneficiary Adam of Harcarse, abbot of Melrose (d.1245); Aymer Maxwell (d.1266); David de Bonville, marischal (fl.late 12C-mid13C); John Maxwell, chamberlain, sheriff of Roxburgh (d.1241); John of Stirling, knight, sheriff of Stirling; Patrick (II), earl of Dunbar (d.1248); Roger Avenel, sheriff (d.1243); Walter Stewart (II), son of Alan (d.1241); William of Bondington, bishop of Glasgow (d.1258); William of Hadden, constable (13C) 1/7/182 (RRS, iii, no. 178)
4 Mar. 1234 X 1244 Lease of land (in Fans and Mellerstain, ROX) Grantor 2/84/21 (ND, App., no. 344)
29 May 1236 Command to deliver £40 Addressee Elias, son of Nicholas, abbot of Holyrood; Walter Oliphant, justiciar of Lothian (son of Walter) (d.1242) 1/7/251 (RRS, iii, no. 244)
10 Nov. 1236 Confirmation of lease of fisheries of Paxton on the Tweed (BWK) Grantor 3/461/3 (ND, App., no. 358)
26 May 1241 X 1244 Confirmation of indulgences granted and psalms and masses performed Grantor 2/84/23 (Durh. Rites, App. 6, no. 1)

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Date Short Summary Role Source
30 Mar. 1231 X 24 Jun. 1231 Friend (m.) (amicus) of Patrick, earl of Dunbar (d.1248) (Tenurial & lordship relationship) subject (relationship) 3/15/62 (ND, App., no. 129)
29 May 1236 Friend (m.) (amicus) of Alexander II, king of Scots (d.1249)(Tenurial & lordship relationship) subject (relationship) 1/7/251 (RRS, iii, no. 244)