Pope Celestine III writes to the abbot of the monastery of Coupar Angus, taking them 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 abbot and his successors, including the land on which the monastery is situated, from the gift of King Malcolm, the grange of Coupar with the church within the grange, the grange of Balbrogie (PER), Tullyfergus (ANG), Drimmie (ANG) and the easements of forest, such as materials, passage, materials for fire, bark, easements of the moor and fishing in the waters of Ericht and Isla (PER), from the gift of King William, Keithick (PER) by its right marches and with appendices and the church situated within, the grange of Aberbothrie (PER), with the church within the grange, 2 ploughgates of land in the territory of Rattray (PER) and ‘Cambusadon’, easements of the forest such as materials, passage, materials for fire, bark, easements of the moor and fishing in the waters of Ericht and Isla, one toft in Perth, and in the same burgh one stone house, from the gift of the earl of Atholl, the easements of forest, such as materials, wood, bark, passage through all of Atholl, from the gift of William de Haya, ‘Hederpolles’ (Grange, PER) by its right marches, from the gift of Stephen of Blair, ‘Lethcassy’ (in Blairgowrie, PER), from the gift of David of Forfar the land of Kincreich (ANG) by its marches, and two tofts in Forfar, and the land which the monks hold from the bishop of Dunkeld, that is, ‘Adbreck’ (PER), from the gift of Alan, son of Walter, one toft in Renfrew (RNF) with fishing in one net in the Clyde, and the composition made between the church of Coupar and Errol before R[oger], bishop of St Andrews, and the composition made between the churches of Coupar and Cargill concerning the teinds of Keithick (PER) before John, bishop of Dunkeld. 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. They are permitted to take in whatever clerics or laymen have fled from the secular world and have converted freely, and to retain them without any contradiction. None of the brothers, after making their profession, shall be permitted to depart the cloister without the permission of the abbot; no one may intend to depart without the surety of common letters. He prohibits any monk or convert under profession to make guarantees for anything or to accept loaned money from anyone above the price established by the chapter, without the licence and consent of the abbot and a major part of the chapter unless it is useful to the house; he permits certain liberties with regard to their courts; the privilege of anointment, holy oil, dedications of the altar or basilica, benedictions of the abbots, ordinations of the clerics or monks, and all other ecclesiastical sacraments; vacancies; the promulgation of suspensions, excommunications or sentences of interdict. They are permitted to celebrate divine office privately and quietly during a general interdict. He prohibits anyone from committing robbery, theft, arson, blood-shed, seizing and killing men or committing other violence within the boundaries of the abbey’s places or granges. He establishes all the liberties and immunities granted by his predecessors and those liberties and exemptions of secular exaction indulged by Malcolm and William, kings of Scots, by princes or other faithful.
14 April 1191 X 8 January 1198
Pontificate of Celestine III
Source for Data Entry
Scotia Pontificia, no. 163
Scotia Pontificia, no. 163A
Papal privilege: general confirmation
Darnaway Castle, Earl of Moray Muns., Box 32, Div. V, Bundle II, no. 64
Included in a charter of John, cardinal-priest of St Stephen in Celio Monte, papal legate, for which, see printed sources for discussion.