People of Medieval Scotland
1093 - 1371

Document 2/146/16 (Pais. Reg., 422-4)

Pope Clement IV writes to the bishop of Dunblane, the abbot of Dryburgh and Master Roger of Derby, precentor of Aberdeen, noting that the abbot and convent of Paisley have showed him in a petition that when the late Duncan, earl of Carrick, had given the right of patronage of the church of St Oswald of Turnberry (AYR) and of certain other churches, and lands, possessions and other goods belonging to the same in the Glasgow diocese, in perpetual alms, the abbot and convent had constructed at the possessions a certain oratory, to be served by certain of their monks; afterwards the earl asserted that he himself had granted the right of patronage, lands, possessions and goods of those under condition that it might be constructed in the said possessions, to which church the land, possessions and goods had been assigned and concerning this, the a dispute arose from the abbot and convent. At last, the parties submitted themselves to the ordination of the bishop of Glasgow, of good memory, and the abbot and convent renouncing the benefit of restitution, of canonical and civil law, by assistance and by letters obtained by the apostolic see; the said bishop, with the assent of the parties and the chapter of Glasgow, ordained that a monastery, called Crossraguel, might be constructed at the possessions from the monks of the monastery above, who will be able to elect the abbot through canonical election and that the said monastery, being constructed by the power and jurisdiction of the abbot and convent of Paisley, may be exempt in everything, except in the conformation and observation of the order and habit, and that the abbot of Paisley may visit the said monastery of Crossraguel once a year. It was ordained also that all goods, which the abbot and convent of Paisley had at any time in Carrick, they had ceded for the uses of the said monastery being constructed, and that the abbot and convent [of Crossraguel] would pay to the abbot and convent of Paisley for all these things a yearly rent of 10 marks; the said bishop and his successors had been able to restrict the parties to observe this ordination through ecclesiastical censure. The said abbot and convent of Paisley had beseeched the pope, so that this ordination goes not injure the monastery of Paisley, to provide solicitude. He thus commands them, call together those who shall be summoned, if it shall be agreed that the monastery of Paisley has sustained injury from this ordination, restore what is just, hear the case, and within a year to terminate it, causing what is decreed to be observed firmly by ecclesiastical censure. Otherwise, they may remit the case to the apostolic see, at a fixed time, [and] the parties may represent themselves through themselves or suitable procurators. If the witnesses named shall have withdrawn out of favour, hatred or fear, they shall compel them by the same censure, without appeal, to provide testimony of the truth. Not hindering what is granted by the see that some cannot be [placed under] interdict, suspended or excommunicated by letters not making expressed mention of an indulgence of this sort. On the fixed day, they may intimate to the pope whatever they shall produce through their letters. If all of them cannot take part in carrying this out, let two of them do it.
Firm date
2 February 1266
Dating Notes
8 id. Feb., pontifical year 1
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Source for Data Entry
Paisley Registrum, 422-4
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Pais. Reg., 422-4
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Papal letter
Ferguson, Medieval Papal Reps., App. I, no. 144

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Date Short Summary Primary Witnesses
unavailable Petition of Paisley Abbey no
unavailable Gift of right of patronage of church of St Oswald of Turnberry (AYR) no
unavailable Ordinance of the bishop of Glasgow concerning Crossraguel no
2 Feb. 1266 Appointment of papal judges-delegate yes