People of Medieval Scotland
1093 - 1371

Document 2/144/68 (Glas. Reg., no. 209 )

Pope Alexander IV writes to the bishop of Glasgow noting that his fraternity has intimated to him that some religious [men] have in the city and diocese of Glasgow certain parish churches, for their own uses, being subjected to the bishop, some of which have no vicar instituted and others are said to have such meagre and poor portions for the vicars that they are unable to be sustained by them, neither to observe hospitality or to answer to the bishop of episcopal dues and rights. He thus commands him that those churches which are subjected to his jurisdiction in which no vicar exists should be served by his brethren or chaplains, and to assess them accordingly. He may increase the vicarages of those which are exceedingly poor, compelling the opposition by ecclesiastical censure without appeal; they may not be excommunicated, suspended or [placed under] interdict by anyone if indulged by the apostolic see, without special mention being made of this indult.
Firm date
29 November 1258
Dating Notes
3 kal. Dec., pontifical year 4
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Glasgow Registrum, no. 209
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Glas. Reg., no. 209
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Papal letter

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29 Nov. 1258 Command that churches without vicars should be served by chaplains, and command to assess those vicarages yes

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Date Short Summary Title Holder
29 Nov. 1258 pope Alexander IV, pope (d.1261)
29 Nov. 1258 bishop of Glasgow Unknown, bishop of Glasgow