People of Medieval Scotland
1093 - 1371

Document 4/32/21 (St A. Lib, 370-2)

A[dam], abbot of Melrose, W[illiam], abbot of Dryburgh, and Robert, archdeacon of Glasgow, recited letters of Pope Innocent [III] appointing them papal judges-delegate in the case between the bishop of St Andrews and the céli De of Monymusk. The case has been agreed amicably in the presence of the judges, Sir W[illiam], bishop of St Andrews and the céli De of Monymusk, with the consent of their archdeacons and the chapter of St Andrews. The bishop granted that the céli De may have, henceforth, one refectory and one dormitory and one oratory without a cemetery. They shall receive the bodies of the céli De and of clerics or laymen staying with them, into the cemetery of the parish church of Monymusk where they shall be buried, just as they are accustomed to being buried, saving all rights to the mother church. Twelve céli De shall be there and Brice shall be the thirteenth, who the céli De shall present to the bishop of St Andrews so that he may be their master or prior. At the resignation or death, the céli De shall elect three from their fellow céli De, by their common assent, and they shall present whoever to the bishop of St Andrews, so that by his wish, from the three, he may choose one as prior or master. The céli De shall not be permitted to the livelihood or order of monks or of regular canons without the assent of the same bishop, or his successors, [and] neither to exceed the named number of céli De. At the resignation or death, any of the céli De can substitute anyone up to the stated number. Whoever the céli De present to the bishop of St Andrews to be deputy shall swear that he will hold and serve this composition faithfully and without deceit or evil trickery. The said céli De held a half ploughgate of land in ‘Eglismenythok’ (Abersnithock, ABD), from the donation of Robert, of good memory, bishop of St Andrews, and they shall possess the remainder in perpetuity; they shall hold also a fourth part of obventions, which are to be conferred in common to the céli De, clerics, personas and ‘ferdi’ from these who choose to be buried in that place, part from common alms which are called ‘sauchbarian’ and part from the benefice that is called ‘thonneom tharmund’, according to which they had held from ancient times up to this time, saving all rights of the persona and of the mother church. The céli De resigned the lands from the concession of Gillecrist, earl of Mar, into the hand of the bishop without the assent of the same bishop that is, ‘Dolbethock’ and ‘Fornathy’. Of the remaining, they shall claim neither right in those, or of his own concession, or of their successors. They promised that from the remaining lands that ought to pertain to the bishop of St Andrews from the gift of the same earl or another, they shall receive nothing granted in prejudice of the dignity or liberty of the church of St Andrews or to the detriment of the parish church of Monymusk. As long as Sir W[illiam], bishop of St Andrews shall come to Monymusk, the céli De shall receive him with solemn procession.
Firm date
23 March 1210 X 8 December 1211
Dating Notes
Papal appointment (10 kal. Apr., pontifical year 13 of Innocent III) × Thomas, prior of St Andrews.
Source for Data Entry
St Andrews Liber, 370-2
Trad. ID
St A. Lib, 370-2
Calendar number
Charter type

Total number of associated factoids: 15