Document 2/135/6 (Haddan and Stubbs, Councils, ii, I, 267-68)
Pope Clement III writes to King William of the Scots reminding them that Pope Urban had commanded Hugh, formerly called bishop of St Andrews, under threat of excommunication, to present himself before the pope at an appointed time to reply concerning the controversy between him and Bishop John [of Dunkeld]. Aware of his actions and fearful of judgment, he refused to appear. On account of that and many other things bringing scandal to the church of God, Clement, with the consent of his brethren [i.e. the cardinals], declared Hugh permanently deposed from the episcopate of St Andrews and suspended from the use of the episcopal office until the apostolic see declares otherwise. His subjects are released from fealty to him. Clement emphasises his regard for William’s honour and stresses that the Roman curia has tried to defer to William’s wishes despite much opposition. But Clement is no longer able to overlook Hugh’s behaviour. The pope does not believe that anything has been done which should aggravate the king. William is told to receive Bishop John, out of reverence for the apostolic see and Clement himself, with royal clemency and kindness. The pontiff believes that through John’s diligence and wisdom and the kingdom and the king can profit.