People of Medieval Scotland
1093 - 1371

Document 2/140/83 (Arb. Lib., no. 241)

Pope Gregory IX writes to the bishops of Glasgow and Dunkeld, noting the petition made by the bishop of Dunblane, that the church of Dunblane having been formerly vacant for more than a hundred years, had has nearly all its property seized by secular personae, and although several bishops had been appointed, they had not recovered the property, and for nearly ten years no suitable person would undertake the charge of the church. The pope had appointed the bishops of St Andrews, Brechin and Dunkeld to make provisions to the church and to entrust it to the bishop of Dunblane. But the present bishop has found it too desolate with no place to lay his head, no chapter, and services being held by one rural chaplain in a church without a roof. The rents were so small that they would scarcely support him for half the year. The pope therefore commands them to visit the church, and, if it can be done without grave scandal, to assign to the bishop a fourth of the teinds of all parish churches in the diocese, so that he may assign some to the dean and canons to be appointed by the above bishops of Glasgow and Dunkeld. If not, the fourth part of the said teinds held by seculars being assigned to the bishop, the see is to be transferred to the monastery of canons regular of St John, in the said diocese; the canons for the future having power to elect the bishop.
Firm date
11 June 1237
Dating Notes
3 id. June, pontifical year 11
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Source for Data Entry
Arbroath Liber, no. 241
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Arb. Lib., no. 241
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Papal letter
Ferguson, Medieval Papal Reps., App. I, nos. 95-98 Also printed in: Cambuskenneth Registrum, no. 125; Inchaffray Liber, App., no. 11; Theiner, _Monumenta_, no. 91

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Date Short Summary Primary Witnesses
unavailable Petition concerning vacancy of church of Dunblane no
unavailable Appoinment of men to make provisions to church of Dunblane no
11 Jun. 1237 Appointment of papal judges-delegate yes