People of Medieval Scotland
1093 - 1371

Document 2/136/6 (Scotia Pontificia, no. 161)

Pope Celestine III writes to Nicholas, abbot of Cambuskenneth, and the brethren there, taking the abbey into his protection; all the possessions and goods which they have or may acquire by papal permission, by the liberality of kings or the gifts of the faithful, may remain with the abbot and his successors, including the place where the church is situated, from the gift and foundation of King David, the villa of Cambuskenneth (STL) by its right marches, the land of Cowie (STL), the land of Kersie and of Bandeath (STL), with the forest assigned to them, Tullibody (CLA), the island called ‘Redinche’, between Tullibody and Polmaise (STL), the town of Kettlestone (WLO), with the mill, the land which lies on the bank of the Forth between 'Pulmille' and the road leading down from Stirling towards the ships; a full toft in the burgh of Stirling, and another toft in Linlithgow, the cane of one ship at Stirling, one net in the water of Forth, 20 ‘cudrumis’ of cheese from the king’s rent at Stirling, 40s from his rents there, one saltpan and as much lands as pertains one of the king’s saltpans, the church of Clackmannan (CLA), with 40 acres of land, with its chapels and the chaplain’s toft in the villa of Clackmannan, the fisheries of Kersie and Tullibody, freedom from tolls and customs as granted by King David and his successors, the fishing between Cambuskenneth and Polmaise, the half of the hides, fat and tallow of animals slaughtered for the king at Stirling; from the donation of King Malcolm, the mill of Clackmannan, excepting the multure of the king’s table and that of the provost, and 50s. of the cane of Perth; from the donation of King William, one full toft in the villa of Perth, the churches of Kinclavin (PER), Tillicoultry (CLA), Kincardine [in Menteith] (PER) and Glenisla (ANG); from the donation of Countess Ada, one toft in the burgh of Crail (FIF), a half ploughgate of land with common pasture at Pitcorthie (FIF), 1 mark from her rent at Crail, one toft in the burgh of Haddington; from the donation of Bishop Robert, the church of St Ninians (STL) with its chapels of Dunipace (SLT) and Larbert (STL), and its other chapels and oratories; from the donation of Richard, bishop of Dunblane, and by royal confirmation, the church of Alva (CLA); from the donation of Alan, son of Walter, one full toft in the burgh of Renfrew (RNF) and one fishing in the water of the said villa; from the donation of Philip of Lundin and his son, Walter, half a ploughgate of land with the meadow in Balcormo (FIF), and the pasture for 500 sheep and 20 cows, and one yoke of oxen; from the donation of William of Lindsay, one ploughgate of land in the villa of ‘Bynnyn’ (prob. Binny, WLO); from the grant and confirmation of Jocelin, bishop of Glasgow and William, son of Thorold, and by royal confirmation, the church of Kirkintilloch (DNB) with a half ploughgate of land; from the gift of Gilbert de Umfraville, 2 oxgangs of land in Dunipace. They are permitted to take in whatever clerics or laymen have fled from the secular world and have converted freely, and to retain them without any contradiction. None of the brothers, after making their profession, shall be permitted to depart the cloister without the permission of the abbot, except for the purpose of entering a convent of stricter rules. No one may intend to depart without the surety of common letters; he permits the right to celebrate divine office privately and quietly during a general interdict. In the parish churches, he is permitted to elect priests and present [them] to the bishop; if they are suitable, the bishop may commit cure of souls to them so that they may answer for spiritual and temporal dues. No one shall promulgate a sentence of excommunication, suspension or interdict without just cause. Burial, for those who shall decide to be buried in that place, will be unimpeded, except for those excommunicated or under interdict, saving justice to the church where they are buried. They also have freedom to elect their abbots. Within the cloisters of the monastery, no one may commit violent crimes, robbery, arson, shed blood, or seize or murder men.
Firm date
13 May 1195
Dating Notes
3 id. May, 1195, pontifical year 5
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Scotia Pontificia, no. 161
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Scotia Pontificia, no. 161
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Papal privilege: general confirmation

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Date Short Summary Holder Lord
13 May 1195 Toft in Clackmannan Unknown chaplain/priest (Clackmannan)