Agnes of Arroch, prioress, and the convent of Elcho make known that with apostolic authority, before Sir N. [sic Ralph], abbot of Dunfermline, sole papal-judge delegate, and his commissaries the dean of Christianity of Aberdeen and the master of the schools of Aberdeen, the controversy was settled between the Sir N[icholas], abbot, and the convent of Lindores, plaintiffs, and herself and convent, defendants, concerning the multure to be paid from their land of Kinnaird, and the suit made at the mill of the abbot and convent, as if to the mill of the shire of Lindores, which belonged to the abbot from the gift of Earl David. The abbot and convent put forth their intention in the following form: they claimed and declared in court before Sir N., master of the schools of Aberdeen, commissary of Sir N. [sic Ralph], abbot of Dunfermline, sole papal judge, against the prioress and convent of Elcho that the Nobleman, Earl David, granted in pure and perpetual alms, to the monks the mill of Lindores with suit and multure; to the suit of which mill the villa of Kinnaird belongs. The prioress and convent presume to hinder the multure and suit pertaining to the mill by withdrawing the men who are bound to the suit, so that they should not come to the mill, to the prejudice of the abbot and convent. They have defrauded the abbot and convent of the suit and multure for 34 years now, wherefore the said abbot seeks that the prioress should be restrained from causing this hinderance, and that the men should be compelled to make the suit. The abbot also seeks the arrears of multure arising from the suit to be paid in full, which they estimate at 120 marks. At length, the senior members of Elcho were suspended by the judges from entering the church, and they have since thought it better to retire from the litigation than to contest it further. Thus, they have come to an agreement with the abbot and monks that so long as they have no mill of their own built within the land of Kinnaird, the farmers of that land, or the men residing in it, or others who cultivate it, shall make suit and pay due multure to the mill of the abbot. After they have constructed a mill, for which they have received permission from the abbot, they shall pay yearly, in lieu of multure and suit, 3 marks, that is, 20s. at Pentecost and 20s. at Martinmas. If payment is late by eight days, the abbot and convent are permitted to take poinds from the land and shall keep them until the payment is fully satisfied. William, bishop of St Andrews and the abbot of Dunfermline have appended their seal.
25 January 1282
Day of the conversion of St Paul the Apostle, 1281