People of Medieval Scotland
1093 - 1371

Document 2/144/56 (Theiner, no. 196)

Pope Alexander IV commands the abbot of Jedburgh and to the archdeacon of Teviotdale, and Dunblane, to cause to be exhibited to them certain letters, and to compel those who detain them to produce them; punishing the forger of the same. The letters are dated 13 December, in the first year, and are said to have been procured by Alan Durward, of the diocese of Aberdeen, and are addressed to the bishop of Brechin and the dean of Dunkeld, ordering them to examine the statement made by Alan, who asserts that William of Mar detains the earldom of Mar, which belongs to Alan, inasmuch as Morgan and Donnchad, whom William succeeded, were illegitimate. The pope has seen the transcript of these letters, and if it agrees with those produced they are undoubtedly false.
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28 March 1257
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5 kal. Apr., pontifical year 3
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Theiner, Monumenta, no. 196
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Theiner, no. 196
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Papal letter

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Date Short Summary Primary Witnesses
28 Mar. 1257 Command to examine forged letters and punish the forger yes