People of Medieval Scotland
1093 - 1371

Document 2/147/20 (Theiner, no. 259)

Pope Gregory X writes to the bishops of Moray, Aberdeen and Argyll, noting that R[ichard], dean, and the chapter of Caithness, on the cancelling of the election of Nicholas, abbot of Scone, had empowered the same dean, Patrick, the treasurer, and Master Roger de Castello, canon of Caithness, to choose a fit person; they elected Archibald, archdeacon of Moray, and presented the election to the pope by the hands of Masters Roger, canon of Caithness, and Robert, perpetual vicar of Duffus, which election, having been examined by the bishop of Ostia e Velletri, G., cardinal priest of S. Marco, and I., cardinal-deacon of S. Maria in Cosmedin was pronounced to be canonical, but as there was not sufficient evidence as to the fitness of the bishop-elect, the pope commands the bishops to examine the merits of the said elect, then in deacon’s orders, and if they find him to be fit to establish the election, and first ordaining him priest, to consecrate him, receiving his oath of fealty to the pope.
Firm date
1 November 1274
Dating Notes
Kal. Nov., pontifical year 3
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Source for Data Entry
Theiner, Monumenta, no. 259
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Theiner, no. 259
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Papal letter

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Date Short Summary Primary Witnesses
unavailable Appointment of men to choose bishop of Caithness no
1 Nov. 1274 Command to examine election of Archibald, archdeacon of Moray, to see of Caithness yes