People of Medieval Scotland
1093 - 1371

Document 2/139/29 (Theiner, no. 22)

Pope Honorius III commands the abbots of Coupar, Scone and Dunfermline, in the diocese of St Andrews, on information from the archdeacon and the chancellor of Moray, to enquire and report to the pope whether their bishop seeks not only milk and wool from his flock, but also extorts sometimes an eighth and sometimes a third part of their revenues, according to his will, exacts procuration, although he makes no visitations, and extorts money from those about to be ordained, which he spends on women of ill fame, dissolves lawful marriages for money, and tolerates unlawful ones, although he has had charitable warnings from the archdeacon and the chancellor to reform his life.
Firm date
30 January 1219
Dating Notes
3 kal. Feb., pontifical year 3
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Source for Data Entry
Theiner, Monumenta, no. 22
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Theiner, no. 22
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Papal letter
Ferguson, Medieval Papal Reps., App. I, no. 45

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Date Short Summary Primary Witnesses
30 Jan. 1219 Appointment of judges to look into reports concerning the bishop of Moray yes