Pope Innocent III writes to the prior and brethren of St Andrews, and following the example of his predecessors, Lucius, Eugene, Adrian, Alexander, Lucius, Gregory and Clement, takes the church into his protection; all the possessions and goods which they have or may acquire by papal permission, by the liberality of kings or the gifts of the faithful, may remain with the prior and his successors, including the place where the church is situated, with its pertinents, the abbey of the island of Loch Leven with lands and all pertinents, the hospital of St Andrews for the sustenance of guests, beggars and pilgrims, with lands, possessions, all rents, and pertinents, the churches which David and Malcolm, kings of Scots bestowed and established by script, the church of Linlithgow (WLO) with the lands and houses within and outwith the burgh, with chapels, teinds and the school there, the church of Longforgan (PER) with one toft and the land adjacent to the church, the church of Haddington (ELO) with the villa called Clerkington (ELO) with its chapels and pertinents, the churches of Forgan (FIF), Bourtie (ABD), Conveth (Laurencekirk, KCD), Dull (PER), Tealing (ANG), Dairsie (FIF), Cupar (FIF), the parish church of the city of St Andrews, that is, St Trinity, with the chapels, lands, and pertinents, the churches of Markinch (PER), Scoonie (FIF), Kennoway (FIF), Portmoak (KNR), St Cyrus (KCD), Lathrisk (FIF), Leuchars (FIF), Inchture (PER), with chapels, the churches of Fowlis Easter (ANG), Tarland (ABD), Migvie (ABD), Muckersie (PER), Meigle (PER) with the chapel, ecclesiastical villa and rents, the church of Tannadyce (ANG), the Pentecostal procession of Lothian and Scotia, as Richard, late bishop granted, all oblations of the altar which they serve, free and quit, as granted by Bishop R[ichard], the land between the town and church, as the river Kinness flows into the sea, the grange of Balone (FIF) with the lands pertaining to it, from the donation of R[obert], late bishop, the granges of Strathkinness (FIF), Drumcarro (FIF), Naughton (FIF), the mill of the whole parish of the city of St Andrews, the church of Kinnedar (MOR) from the gift of Simon, bishop of Moray, the church of Rossie (ANG) with lands and mills, from the gift of Hugh Giffard, 20s. annually, from the gift of Alan, son of Walter, one toft in Rutherglen and half a ploughgate of land at Dundonald (AYR), from the gift of Walter, son of Alan, 10s. yearly, from the gift of Henry Lovel, 2 oxgangs of land in the territory of Hawick (ROX), from the gift of Merleswain, the land called Kilmux (FIF), next to Kennoway (FIF) and all the land which they have in the burghs of Berwick, Roxburgh, Haddington, Edinburgh, Stirling and Perth, from the donation of the kings and other faithful, the right to hold a court with liberties, immunities, pleas and disputes as granted by the king, just as freely as they hold churches or alms in the whole realm of the Scots; the liberties which King David gave, that is, that no one shall seize poinds on their lands, in respect of forfeitures or debts incurred, or by others. The pope also sanctions the right to choose bishops and priors according to their canonical sanctions as directed by Robert, late bishop; and orders that as the céli De die they are to be replaced by regular canons. The abbey is exempt from tithes on new lands brought under cultivation by them or at their expense. They are also exempt from tithes on the offspring of their animals. He permits the right to celebrate divine office privately and quietly during a general interdict. Burial, for those who shall decide to be buried in that place, will be unimpeded, except for those excommunicated or under interdict, saving justice to the church where they are buried. In addition, they are permitted to elect suitable chaplains to be presented to the diocesan bishop, who shall commit the cure of souls to him so that he may answer to him for spiritual and temporal dues. Within their courts or granges, no one may commit robbery or theft or exercise violence. No ecclesiastic or secular person is permitted to claim anything from the rents or benefices of the churches or lands. No archbishop, bishop or their officials shall promulgate a sentence of excommunication, suspension or interdict without just cause. In addition, they are permitted to chose, out of three or four canons, one to be presented to the diocesan bishop, who shall commit the cure of souls to him so that he may answer to him for spiritual and temporal dues. He holds as ratified and sanctions the liberties and immunities granted by Robert, bishop, founder of the church, and Arnold and Richard, his successors. The pope directs that no man is permitted to disturb the church or carry away its possessions; saving to the bishop canonical justice and reverence and the authority of the apostolic see. Should any secular person attempt to go against this, after three warnings if he should not make amends, he may lose his honour and be liable to divine justice, and subject himself to retribution.