Pope Urban IV writes to the prior of Lindores and Master William Wishart, archdeacon of St Andrews, papal chaplain, noting that he has heard that since the archdeaconry of Brechin is vacant, the bishop of Brechin intended to confer the office upon Adam, canon of Brechin, his nepos. But, hesitating because this collation might bring scandal, since it was understood that Adam had been accused of homicide and other crimes, he entrusted the archdeaconry to the abbot of Arbroath. The same abbot, considering the intentions of the bishop, bestowed the archdeaconry upon the above Adam de facto. Thus, Adam detains the archdeaconry much to the grave scandal of the clergy and people of Scotland. He thus commands them to investigate the charge, and if it is substantiated, to remove the said Adam from office and to place a fit candidate in the archdeaconry.