Pope Innocent IV writes to the chancellor of Moray, the treasurer, and Master John of Everley, canon of Dunkeld, regarding the matters discussed regarding a petition from the abbots of Kelso, Arbroath and Lindores, and the prior of St Andrews, which stated that the bishops of Aberdeen, of good memory, with the consent of their chapters, had granted to them for their own uses certain churches in the diocese of Aberdeen, in which their abbots, prior, and convents have the right of patronage, which had been confirmed by the apostolic see. The bishop of Aberdeen intimated to the pope that some abbots, priors, and other prelates, as well religious as secular, in the city and diocese of Aberdeen, impose upon the vicars of certain churches which they hold for their own uses new pensions, contrary to the statutes of the Lateran Council, and withdraw from the vicars lands and other possessions pertaining to the vicarages, and convert them to their own uses, adding that some of these prelates receive so much from the revenues of the said churches that the vicars cannot be properly maintained out of the remaining. The bishop had obtained apostolic letters to the effect that he might make enactments on these matters, as might seem expedient to him, for the advantage of those churches. Since the limits of the tenor of which he has much exceeded, the bishop endeavours to ordain that the aforesaid abbots, priors and convents should receive yearly a fixed portion from the revenues of the churches, all remaining revenues being assigned to the vicars of the same. The abbots, priors and convents have appealed for remedy. He therefore instructs the men to weigh the matter diligently and to determine the values of the vicarages and to assign a fitting portion to the vicars, afterwards to prevent the abbots, prior and convents suffering molestation in this matter, restraining those who would molest them by ecclesiastical censure. If all of them cannot take part in carrying this out, let two of them do it.