People of Medieval Scotland
1093 - 1371

Document 2/137/1 (Dip. Norv., vii, no. 2 )

Pope Innocent III writes to the bishops of Orkney and Ross, noting that the nobleman, H[arald], earl of Caithness and Orkney, made known to him that, for the redemption of his sins, from the time of Pope Alexander, his predecessor, the earl set up that 1d. from every house in the earldom of Caithness would be directed to the Apostolic See, which had been collected by A[ndrew], bishop of Caithness. After the bishop’s death, J[ohn], who was instituted as bishop, had prohibited this. The pope thus commands the bishops to compel the said bishop of Caithness to desist from preventing the payment.
Firm date
27 May 1198
Dating Notes
6 kal. June, pontifical year 1
Place date (modern)
Rome (St Peter's)
Place date (document)
Rome apud Sanctum Petrum
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Source for Data Entry
Diplomatarium Norvegicum: oldbreve til kundskab om Norges indre og ydre forholde, sprog, slægter, sæder, lovgivning og rettergang i middelalderen, vol. 7, ed. G. Storm (Christiania, 1898), no. 2 (online at [])
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Dip. Norv., vii, no. 2
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Charter type
Papal letter

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Date Short Summary Primary Witnesses
unavailable Gift of 1d. from every house in Caithness no
27 May 1198 Command to compel John, bishop of Caithness to prevent payment yes

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Date Short Summary Subject Object
27 May 1198 Predecessor of Innocent III, pope (d.1216) (Tenurial & lordship relationship) Alexander III, pope (d.1181) Innocent III, pope (d.1216)