People of Medieval Scotland
1093 - 1371

Document 2/144/67 (Dunf. Reg., App., no. 602)

Pope Alexander IV writes to the abbot of Dryburgh and the prior of Coldingham, noting the petition by the abbot and convent of Reading against the abbot and convent of Dunfermline concerning the chapel of Perth with the rights and pertinents belonging by right to the monastery of Reading, having been seized for a long interval of time and held by the power of laymen who presume to detain the same to the injury and prejudice of the monastery. He thus commands them to call together the parties, hear the case, and terminate it without appeal, causing what is decreed to be observed firmly by ecclesiastical censure. If the witnesses named shall have withdrawn out of favour, hatred or fear, they shall compel them by the same censure, without appeal, to provide testimony of the truth, not hindering the indulgence which the abbot and brethren have from the apostolic see that they not be brought to trial without the express mention of this indulgence.
Firm date
13 June 1258
Dating Notes
Id. June, pontifical year 4
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Source for Data Entry
Dunfermline Registrum, App., no. 602
Trad. ID
Dunf. Reg., App., no. 602
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Papal letter
Original (contemporary)
NLS, Adv. MS 15.1.19, no. 14 Ferguson, Medieval Papal Reps., App. I, no. 131

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Date Short Summary Primary Witnesses
unavailable Petition of abbot and convent of Reading no
13 Jun. 1258 Appointment of papal judge-delegate yes

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Date Short Summary Title Holder
13 Jun. 1258 pope Alexander IV, pope (d.1261)
13 Jun. 1258 abbot of Dryburgh Oliver, abbot of Dryburgh (fl.1262-73×)
13 Jun. 1258 prior of Coldingham Henry de Sylton, prior of Coldingham (fl.1248-60)