People of Medieval Scotland
1093 - 1371

Document 2/131/14 (Holy. Lib., App. I, no. 1B)

Pope Alexander III writes to William, abbot of Holyrood, and the brethren there, taking 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 abbot and his successors, including the church of [Edinburgh] castle, with Saughton (MLO); the church of St Cuthbert with two ploughgates of land; the church of Corstorphine (MLO) with 2 oxgangs and 6 acres of land; the church of Airth (STL), with 2 ploughgates of land and one salt-pan with 27 acres of land in the same villa; the church of the villa of Livingston (WLO), with half a ploughgate of land; the church of Kinneil (WLO), with one ploughgate of land and the teinds of the mills and salt-pans of the same villa; the church of Whitekirk (ELO); the church of Carriden (WLO), with the land that pertains to it; the church of Tranent (ELO), with the land that pertains to it and 2 tofts in Tranent; the church of Bathgate (WLO), with one ploughgate; the church of ‘Egelilbrich’ (Falkirk, STL) with the chapels and lands pertaining to it; the church of Crawford (LAN) with two ploughgates of land; the church of St Cuthbert which is in Desnesmor (Kirkcudbright) with lands and fisheries pertaining to it; the church of Tongland (KCB); the church of St Constantine of Galloway (KCB) with the church of Colmonell (KCB) with one ploughgate of land; the church of Dunrod (KCB) and the church of Galtway with all customs of the churches just as the charters of those who donated the possessions in perpetual alms establishes and testifies; Broughton (MLO); Inverleith nearer the harbour (MLO) with half the fishing and the burgh between the abbey and the king’s burgh; 40s. from Edinburgh which King David gave in perpetual alms; one toft in Stirling and the draught of one net; the right to take wood for their needs in the king’s own wood; the right to pasture their swine without payment of pannage; one toft in Berwick and the draught of two nets in ‘Scipwele’; one toft in Renfrew; Pittendriech (MLO) by its right marches; Whitekirk and Ford (MLO) by their right marches; half the tallow and grease and hides of all the beasts slaughtered for the king at Edinburgh; the tenth of all the king’s judicial pleas between the River Avon and Cockburnspath (BWK); half the tenth part of the cain of Kintyre and of Argyll and the same fraction of the king’s judicial revenues from those districts; all the skins of rams, ewes and lambs which die in the royal demesne of Edinburgh and Linlithgow (WLO); Craiginmars, one of the mills of Dean (MLO); eight chalders of malt and eight chalders of flour from Liberton (MLO), one toft in Haddington (ELO); one toft in Linlithgow; one toft in Inverkeithing (FIF); one toft in Edinburgh; Dunrod with its right marches, the Isle of Trail (St Mary’s Isle); the land of Galtway (KCB), including the great road and the sea from the other side; the teinds of the mills of Dean and Liberton; the liberties which David, king of Scots, granted and which the apostolic see established. 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.
Firm date
29 July 1164
Dating Notes
4 kal. Aug., pontifical year 5
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Place date (document)
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Source for Data Entry
Holyrood Liber, App. I, no. 1B
Trad. ID
Holy. Lib., App. I, no. 1B
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Charter type
Papal privilege: general confirmation

Total number of associated factoids: 8

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Date Short Summary Primary Witnesses
unavailable Gift of 40s. from Edinburgh no
unavailable Concession of liberties by David, king of Scots no
29 Jul. 1164 Confirmation of possessions of Holyrood Abbey yes