Patrick Corbet, son of Sir William, son of the late Sir Patrick (I) earl of Dunbar, notifies that when his father Sir William had given, granted, and established by his charter, to Melrose Abbey a certain land in the territory of Fogo (BWK) called ‘Hardlau’ and ‘Hungerrig’ lying near the little villa of Harcarse (BWK), in pure and perpetual alms, towards making an annual pittance on the feast of the nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary (8 Sept.) in perpetuity, and the said abbot and convent had held the land for several years peacefully; then, however, Dom Adam of Maxton, then abbot of Melrose, ill-considered by the convent, had regranted the said land to Sir Nicholas, the grantor’s brother, and restored to ‘fursum’ [to cultivation?], and the same Sir Nicholas had conferred the same land on the chapel of Fogo (BWK), and finally, after the passing of several years after the death of the aforesaid Dom Adam of Maxton, the abbot and convent of Melrose convened in the form of a special jury
with Sir Richard of Fogo, rector of the church of Linton in Lothian (either Linton, ROX, or West Linton, PEB), then also equally the rector of the chapel of Fogo, by apostolic authority, in the presence of judges delegate, and from the sentence of the judges, the restitution was decreed to be made to the abbot and convent of Melrose of the aforesaid land. Patrick gives, regrants and recognises and by the tenor of his present charter establishes in pure and perpetual alms, the aforesaid land, with all its pertinents, liberties and easements, to Melrose Abbey, by its right bounds by which they formerly held it, stated herein, with free entrance and exit by the land of Fogo and all easements of the villa, for one annual pittance to the convent on the Feast of the Discovery of the Eleven Thousand Virgins (21 October or 22 August).
Deposition of Adam of Maxton, abbot of Melrose ×
Source for Data Entry
Melrose Liber, i, no. 329; Melrose Liber ii, App., no. 17 (where witnesses gievn)
Melr. Lib., no. 329
See Ferguson, Medieval Papal Representatives, App. 1, 265, no. 146. The remains of 11,000 Virgins, who were companions of St Ursula, were purportedly discovered at Cologne in 1155. David Farmer, Oxford Dictionary of Saints, 5th edn, 518.