People of Medieval Scotland
1093 - 1371

Document 2/131/19 (Kel. Lib., no. 467)

Pope Alexander III writes to John, abbot of Kelso, praising his devotion to Alexander himself and to the church of God and recalling that his abbey is a special daughter of the Roman church, thus, he indulges the privilege of wearing a mitre on appropriate days at mass in the church of Kelso, in processions in the monastery, and in papal councils.
Firm date
circa December 1165
Dating Notes
See _Chron. Melr._, 37 (under 1165: ‘John, abbot of Kelso, came from Rome wearing a mitre’), also Pope Alexander returned to Rome for the first time since 1159 on 23 November 1165.
Source for Data Entry
Kelso Liber, ii, no. 467
Trad. ID
Kel. Lib., no. 467
Calendar number
Charter type
Papal letter

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Date Short Summary Primary Witnesses
circa Dec. 1165 Concession to wear a mitre in Kelso Abbey yes

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Date Short Summary Title Holder
circa Dec. 1165 pope Alexander III, pope (d.1181)
circa Dec. 1165 abbot of Kelso John, abbot of Kelso (d.1180)