People of Medieval Scotland
1093 - 1371

Document 2/160/2 (Moray Reg., no. 219)

Pope Innocent [IV?] writes to the abbot and convent of Arbroath, noting their petition that the bishop of Moray, with the consent of his chapter, had assessed the [vicarages of] the churches of Inverness (INV) and Aberchirder (Marnoch, BNF), of which they have right of patronage and which they retain by apostolic authority for their own uses, following what is contained in the letters of the bishop; the pope thus establishes this.
Firm date
5 May 1244
Dating Notes
3 Non. May, pontifical year 1
Place date (modern)
Place date (document)
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Source for Data Entry
Moray Registrum, no. 219
Trad. ID
Moray Reg., no. 219
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Charter type
Papal privilege: general confirmation
Spurious? This document apparently refers to the foundation of the vicarages of Inverness and Aberchirder by Simon de Gunby, bishop of Moray, in a charter of 1248 (Moray Reg., no. 216). The place of dating, Lyon, as given in Moray Registrum, presents a difficulty, for a dating at Lyon points to Innocent IV, who spent a lengthy sojourn there; but that pope was at the Lateran on this date in his first pontifical year, 1244; and that date would be too early in any case, in light of Bishop Simon’s charter; so we must therefore assume a copying error (whether by the scribe or the editor), or that the document is spurious. The date given in Moray Reg. (p. xiv) of 1277 is wrong on all counts, there not having been a Pope Innocent in 1277. There was, though, a Pope Innocent V who ruled for a few months in 1276.

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5 May 1244 pope Innocent IV, pope (d.1254)
5 May 1244 bishop of Moray Simon (de Gunby), bishop of Moray (d.1251)

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5 May 1244 Right of patronage of churches of Inverness (INV) and Aberchirder (Marnoch, BNF) Arbroath Abbey (fd.1178)