People of Medieval Scotland
1093 - 1371

Document 2/133/14 (Dunf. Reg., no. 240)

Pope Urban III writes to the abbot and chapter of Dunfermline, noting how the monastery is besieged by both ecclesiastical and secular persons pressing claims for filling vacant churches in Dunfermline’s gift. Vacancies are thus sometimes filled out of fear rather than by choice. The monastery’s finances are reported to have suffered as a result of this, and at times customary hospitality is reduced. The pope prohibits the abbot and chapter and their successors from granting benefices of Dunfermline’s churches which would diminish the house’s rights. Dunfermline should retain its churches and their benefices forever, and no one should compel the monastery to act contrary to this prohibition.
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21 December, 1185 X 1186
Dating Notes
12 kal. Jan., pontifical years of Pope Urban III
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Dunfermline Registrum, no. 240
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Dunf. Reg., no. 240
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Papal letter

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21 Dec., 1185 X 1186 Prohibition of granting benefices which diminish rights yes

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Date Short Summary Title Holder
21 Dec., 1185 X 1186 pope Urban III, pope (d.1187)
21 Dec., 1185 X 1186 abbot of Dunfermline Archibald, abbot of Dunfermline (d.1198)