People of Medieval Scotland
1093 - 1371

Document 2/140/7 (Dryb. Lib., no. 281)

Pope Gregory IX writes to the bishop of St Andrews and the abbot of Dryburgh, noting that it was proposed before him by the abbot that some of the brothers of the monastery, through violent hands, they and other religious persons and secular clerics had promulgated a canonical sentence. Certain others had incurred a sentence of excommunication and had entered the monastery through simony and others, having not obtained the benefice of absolution, had taken up sacred orders and celebrated [office] in the same. The abbot had demanded that it was necessary for them to go to the apostolic see. The pope thus commands that, unless the injury shall be of such difficulty and size, on account of which it shall be sent to the apostolic see, the bishop and abbot may absolve others; concerning those who had received orders and had ministered in the same, they may dispense with them as shall seem expedient, and do [the same] with simony, as contained in the constitutions of the General Council.
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20 September 1228
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12 kal. Oct., pontifical year 2
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Dryburgh Liber, no. 281
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Dryb. Lib., no. 281
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Papal letter

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20 Sept. 1228 Command to absolve those who have been excommunicated yes

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Date Short Summary Title Holder
20 Sept. 1228 pope Gregory IX, pope (d.1241)
20 Sept. 1228 bishop of St Andrews William Malveisin, bishop of St Andrews (d.1238)
20 Sept. 1228 abbot of Dryburgh Hugh, abbot of Dryburgh (fl.1221-29)