People of Medieval Scotland
1093 - 1371

Document 2/125/3 (RRS, i, App., no. 319)

Pope Innocent II writes to King David I, telling him that Osbert [of Clare], prior of Westminster, has asked him to write to the king on behalf of the monks of Westminster, so that the king’s goodness towards them may be more strongly established. The pope has learned that David’s sister, Queen Matilda, lies buried in the sacristy of Westminster Abbey, and that David supplies the monks 30s. on the anniversary of her burial; moreover, the monks revive the memory of David’s father and mother each year by celebration. The pope urges David to establish the land to Westminster Abbey from which his payment is made, lest it should cease on his death, if not previously established by his royal authority.
Firm date
9 December, 1139 X 1140
Dating Notes
5 id. Dec., year based on itinerary (1139×42) though narrowed down according to vacancy of see of London (see B.W. Scholz, ‘The Canonization of Edward the Confessor’, _Speculum_ 36 (1961), 43, n.25)
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Source for Data Entry
Scotia Pontificia, no. 21
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RRS, i, App., no. 319
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Charter type
Papal letter

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Date Short Summary Primary Witnesses
unavailable Request to write to King David I on behalf of Wesminster Abbey no
unavailable Gift of 30s yearly for burial of Matilda, queen of England no
9 Dec., 1139 X 1140 Command to establish land to Westminster Abbey for certain payment yes

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Date Short Summary Title Holder
9 Dec., 1139 X 1140 pope Innocent II, pope (d.1143)
9 Dec., 1139 X 1140 king of Scots David I, king of Scots (d.1153)
9 Dec., 1139 X 1140 prior of Westminster Abbey Osbert of Clare, prior of Westminster (d.c.1158)
9 Dec., 1139 X 1140 queen Matilda, queen of England (d.1118)