People of Medieval Scotland
1093 - 1371

Document 2/137/49 (Melr. Lib., no. 133A)

Pope Innocent III writes to the abbots of Dunfermline and Dryburgh and the prior of Coldingham, St Andrews diocese, stating that he has received a complaint from the abbot and convent of Melrose that William, knight of Hownam, in the diocese of Glasgow, had given certain lands to the church of Melrose which he presumes to injure. He commands them to call the parties together and hear the case, and to establish what is canonical, without appeal, causing what is decreed to be observed firmly by ecclesiastical censure. If the witnesses named shall have withdrawn out of favour, hatred or fear, they shall compel them by a similar stricture, without appeal, to provide testimony of the truth, and no letter obtained from the apostolic see shall prejudice truth and justice. If all of them cannot take part in carrying this out, let two of them do it.
Firm date
12 June 1207
Dating Notes
2 id. June, pontifical year 10
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Place date (document)
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Source for Data Entry
Melrose Liber, i, no. 133A
Trad. ID
Melr. Lib., no. 133A
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Papal letter
Ferguson, Medieval Papal Reps., App. I, no. 26 Cooper, Select Scottish Cases, no. 7

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Date Short Summary Primary Witnesses
unavailable Statement of complaint against William, knight of Hownam no
unavailable Gift of certain lands (Raeshaw) no
12 Jun. 1207 Appointment of papal judges-delegate yes