Walter, bishop of Glasgow, with Adam the Abbot of Melrose, and R[obert], archdeacon of Glasgow, give notice of the settlement of the controvery which by the authority of Pope Innocent [III] has been aired in their presence, between (i) S[imon], prior of St Andrews and the convent of St Andrews, and (ii) Master Patrick, master of the schools of the city of St Andrews, and the poor scholars of St Andrews, concerning the land called Garried (‘Garrieth’), and in respect of six bolls of dry barley, which Patrick and the scholars sought from a land called *Nevethy (‘Neuethi’), and in respect of the cains which used to be paid from the lands which had been assigned to the prior and convent by the authority of William, bishop of St Andrews, as a peace settlement entered into between the prior of St Andrews and Master Laurence, then archdeacon of St Andrews. With the assent and good will of Master Laurence (who was both archdeacon and Fer Léginn [i.e. the man in charge of education] of St Andrews) the dispute was amicably settled in the following manner. The land of Garried and the land called *Nevethy was to remain free and quit for ever with the prior and convent of St Andrews, according to what the charter of Bishop Richard, drawn up concerning the said lands, bears witness to; the prior and canons of St Andrews and their successors, yearly at Martinmas, were to render to the said Laurence the Fer Léginn and his successors, in the Fer Léginn of St Andrews’ house within the city, for the needs of the poor scholars of St Andrews, the ancient cains of the lands which they [the prior and canons] hold in their own hand; to wit, from Craigtoun, 20 bolls of marketable dry barley, and 20 stones of cheese; from *Pittendreich, 20 portions of marketable dry barley. And, in return for the quitclaim of the cain they were demanding from the land called *Nevethy, 6 bolls of dry barley; from Balbeildie (‘Ballebelin’), which Gillegirig holds of them, 10 stones of cheese and 2 bolls of marketable dry barley, and half a wedder; from Denork Aviel which the same Gillegirig (‘Girg’) holds of the same canons, 10 stones of cheese and 2 bolls of marketable dry barley, and half a wedder; from the other Denork that Adam the son of Odo holds of them, 20 bolls of marketable dry barley. These cains which are to be exacted, shall be exacted from the feuars by a servant of the prior, accompanied by a servant of the Fer Léginn to see that the cains are marketable. Through the two servants, these cains shall be rendered to the Fer Léginn in the way mentioned above. If any of those lands in their lordship have been given in feu, the cains are to be demanded from those holding those lands, just as from other feuars; similarly, if any of those lands only held by feudatories fall to them in lordship in whatever way, the cains of those lands are to be rendered by the canons as they are usually rendered from other lands which they hold in demesne. If the canons cease from payment of the said cains and refuse to make good, having been warned, the archdeacon shall compel them to pay the cains by ecclesiastical censure, allowing no appeal; similarly with the feudatories.
8 December 1211 X 5 August 1213
After Simon became prior of St Andrews × before election of successor of Abbot Adam of Melrose.