John le Romeyn, sub-dean of York, recites a letter from Pope Gregory [IX] appointing him judge in the case between Master John de Civitate Antina, papal scribe, and the abbot and convent of Jedburgh, on one hand, and David, bishop-elect of St Andrews on the other, concerning the patronage of the church of Aberlemno (ANG). John announces that by this authority, in his presence in the church of St Peter’s York, he called the bishop-elect of St Andrews, who has opposed the gift of Master John de Civitate Antina made concerning the church of Aberlemno; the bishop-elect appearing through the procurators Masters L[aurence] Travers and W[alter] de Mortimer on the morrow of St Lucy in the church of York, who claimed that the church belonged to the bishop by common right, since it is situated in his territory, [and] from special right, on account of the privileges of Popes Lucius and Innocent indulged upon the bishops of St Andrews, of which none were shown to be useful, as alleged by the other party. In the first instrument of the lord king, William, because the seat was vacant, he granted the church [but] which he could not confer, neither the confirmation of the bishop, since it had not been a collation, [nor] ought to have been a confirmation; besides, it could not be alienated without the subscription and confirmation of the chapter. They claimed also that the parties were not present around the collation of that church since many of them were vacant. John le Romeyn has adjudged a settlement in favour of Master John de Civitate Antina to the church of Aberlemno at the presentation of the abbot and convent, because it was not credible that William, bishop, had admitted the last persona at the presentation of the canons just as it appears from his instrument; neither was it credible that King William, a just and pious man, had granted it with its goods; from which instruments it may be believed, and they shall be in true and peaceful possession, being presented to the church because they brought forward the canonical letters of the bishop-elect with his seal, [in] which he had asked the church to be conferred to his clerk.