Pope Alexander III writes to the abbot of Jedburgh, and to the other abbots in the patrimony of St Kentigern who pertain to the church of Glasgow, informing them that he has learned from King W[illiam], certain bishops of the kingdom, and the dean and chapter of the church of Glasgow that upon the death of the bishop of that see the abbot of Melrose, J[ocelin], was chosen unanimously as bishop by the dean and chapter. The pontiff has also learned that the election was canonical, and he thus establishes it by apostolic authority. If Jocelin cannot come to the pope he should be consecrated. After his consecration he should receive the obedience shown to I[ngram] his predecessor. Otherwise Alexander will hold as ratified the sentence which Jocelin would promulgate against them.
16 December 1174
17 kal. Jan., before Bishop Jocelin’s consecration (× May 1175)