People of Medieval Scotland
1093 - 1371

Document 2/139/42 (Med. Papal Reps., App. IV, no. 4)

Pope Honorius III writes to the bishop of St Andrews in response to the petition sent by the prior and canons of St Andrews stating that it was too hurtful and burdensome for them to come frequently to the apostolic see for individual complaints because they were located in a remote region, and they were attacked with grave injuries by both bishops and by others. The pope was said to have given the complaint over to the abbot of Melrose and his colleagues, so that when requested by the prior and canons they should compel malefactors in the diocese of St Andrews by ecclesiastical censure, without appeal, to restore to the priory possessions unjustly detained and to make satisfaction for damages incurred and injuries inflicted. Recently, though a grave complaint was raised by the bishop that the prior and canons, by occasion of this letter, harassed and maliciously vexed the bishop with burdensome labours and expenses and thus contended against him continuously with litigation, and they disdain to be subject to him in anything. Pope Honorius therefore wishes to indulge that neither the bishop, nor his clerks or his steward can be further summoned into court by reason of that mandate.
Firm date
4 March 1220
Dating Notes
4 non. Mar., pontifical year 4
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Source for Data Entry
Ferguson, Medieval Papal Reps., App. IV, no. 4
Trad. ID
Med. Papal Reps., App. IV, no. 4
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Papal letter
Original (contemporary)
NLS, Adv. MS 15.1.19, no. 6

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Date Short Summary Primary Witnesses
unavailable Petition not to be summoned into court no
4 Mar. 1220 Concession not to be summoned into court yes

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Date Short Summary Title Holder
4 Mar. 1220 pope Honorius III, pope (d.1227)
4 Mar. 1220 bishop of St Andrews William Malveisin, bishop of St Andrews (d.1238)
4 Mar. 1220 abbot of Melrose Unknown, abbot of Melrose