People of Medieval Scotland
1093 - 1371

Richard Vairement, master (fl.1239-68)

Watt, Graduates, 559-60: Richard had unknown origins but was reported to have been a Spaniard, though he is also plausibly identified as a Frenchman from Vermand who came to Scotland with Queen Marie de Coucy in 1239. He was a master and has also been identified with the historian, Veremund, who Boece quotes as one of his sources. He held a ‘secular canonry’ (or ‘Culdee prebend’) of St Andrews on 3 June 1239, certainly by 1 October 1239, and was granted on 13 September 1245 a licence to hold two cures and was in possession at that time of the church of Tannadyce (ANG). He resigned his secular canonry in 1251. As a proctor of St Andrews he travelled with two regular canons of St Andrews to the papal curia to secure Bernham’s election to the bishopric of St Andrews on 1 October 1239 at Anagni. In 1245 he was described as Queen Marie’s chancellor. He was excommunicated by 7 November 1250 by the priory of St Andrews in order to gain revenues of the Culdees, though he had probably already left Scotland after 19 June 1250. Richard went to the curia once more, at Genoa, and on 29 May 1251 persuaded a cardinal-auditor that he was not involved in activities against the priory and was absolved. From this point, he was allied to the priory and probably returned to Scotland, while Queen Marie remained in France; he last appears on 21/23 January 1268.
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Date Short Summary Role Source
1 Oct. 1239 Procurator of St Andrews Priory (Employment relationship) subject (relationship) 2/140/95 (Theiner, no. 100)
13 Sept. 1245 Chancellor of Marie de Coucy, queen of Scots (d.1284) (Employment relationship) subject (relationship) 2/143/35 (Cal. Papal Letters, i, 220)