People of Medieval Scotland
1093 - 1371

Document 2/140/22 (Dryb. Lib., no. 251)

Pope Gregory IX writes to Abbot Hugh of Dryburgh, taking the monastery into his protection; the possessions and goods which he possesses canonically and other privileges and goods which he has or may acquire by papal permission, by the liberality of kings or the gifts of the faithful, shall remain with the abbot and his successors, including the place where the monastery is situated; the churches of Mertoun (BWK), Channelkirk (BWK), Saltoun (ELO), Kilrenny (FIF), Lessudden (ROX), and Sorbie (WIG), with pertinents; the church of Lanark (LAN) with the chapel of Pettinain (LAN) and Cleghorn (LAN); the houses, lands, possessions and others which he has in the same parish; the rights which he has in the church of Askeby in Westmorland and its pertinents; all the land which he has in the territory of Pettinain (LAN) which belonged to Syrand the priest; the grange of Kedslie (ROX); the villa and territory of Smailholm (ROX) with a toft and other pertinents; two oxgangs of land in the territory of the villa of Bemersyde (ROX) with a toft; the land in the territory of the villa of Earlston (BWK) with a toft; two oxgangs of land in the territory of Heiton (ROX), with a toft; in the same villa, the land which Roger, the janitor, held, and the land which belonged to William, the priest, in the burgh of Roxburgh with other lands and possessions which he had in the same burgh; the land in the villa of Kelso which belonged to Walter, son of Gilbert; the lands and possessions in the burgh of Berwick with the fisheries which he has in the same river of the burgh; the land which Peter, son of Thurebrand, donated in the villa of Haddington (ELO); the land in ‘Langelaw’ (in Haddington, ELO); the island of Elbottle with lands, pastures, fisheries and other pertinents; half a ploughgate of land in Pitcorthie (FIF), and the land in that place from the hospital of Ednam (ROX); one toft in Crail (FIF) and the cottages in Anstruther (FIF); all the land in the territory of Samsonschellis; half a ploughgate of land in the territory of Longnewton; the annual rent of 20s. in the burgh of Roxburgh; the annual rent of 20s. from the villa of Ednam; the annual rent of 3s. from the villa of Lessudden; the annual rent of one mark paid from the seaport of Pittenweem (FIF), the annual rent of 2 marks from the mill of Mertoun in Westmorland; the annual rent of 2 ½ marks from the church of Bozeat; the teinds from the mills of Lauderdale, Longnewton and Nenthorn with [pertinents] and all other liberties and immunities. 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 without the permission of the abbot, except to take up stricter orders; no one may intend to depart without the surety of common letters; they are permitted the right to celebrate divine office privately and quietly during a general interdict. They may have 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. No one is permitted to construct a chapel or oratory within the boundaries of the parishes of the churches, without the assent of the bishop, saving the privileges of the papacy. 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. On the death of the abbot, or his successors, no one may be advanced to that office by deceit or violence, unless the brothers by common consent, or a majority of them, shall provide that the abbot be elected in accordance with the Augustinian rule. Within the cloisters or granges of the monastery, no one may commit theft or robbery, or seize or murder men. 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 lost his honour and be liable to divine justice, and subject himself to retribution.
Firm date
8 June 1229
Dating Notes
6 id. June, pontifical year 3
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Source for Data Entry
Dryburgh Liber, no. 251
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Dryb. Lib., no. 251
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Papal privilege: general confirmation

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Date Short Summary Primary Witnesses
unavailable Donation of land in villa of Haddington (ELO) no
8 Jun. 1229 Confirmation of possessions of Dryburgh Abbey yes