William, bishop of Glasgow, and the precentor of Glasgow, publish a mandate of Pope Gregory IX, addressed to the bishop, the treasurer, and the precentor of Glasgow (dated at Viterbo, 5 December, 1235). David of Lumsdaine has explained to the pope that his late grandfather, Edward, whose heir he is, had been unjustly condemned to death for distributing the goods of a ship that had been shipwrecked; he paid a certain amount of money in return for his deliverance, but constrained by necessity because of this, he exchanged with the monks of the church of Durham his villa at Oldcambus (BWK), with a small piece of land which is commonly called Lumsdaine, for eighty marks of silver; David claims that he was cheated by over half the fair price in this exchange; for this reason he has besought the pope to constrain the monks either to restore the villa to him or to make up what was wanting from the just price; the pope has therefore commanded the bishop, treasurer, and precentor of Glasgow to call together the parties and hear the case. The dispute has therefore been settled in the following manner. The monks have granted David and his heirs to be free and exempt from every suit of pleas pertaining to the monks’ court, except for three chief pleas through the year, which he or his heirs or their attorney are bound to attend in the court of Coldingham; also excepting suits brought by the king’s command to be decided in the court of Coldingham. The monks have also restored to David, in respect of the rent which they have been accustomed to take yearly from Lumsdaine, sixteen shillings and thirty-two pence, so that they should pay only one mark of silver a year to them for ever by way of rent. They shall also render to David, on account of the said mark of silver, yearly for ever at Easter, four shillings for the king’s weyting (= conveth), and they shall do the king’s forinsec service so far as it pertains to their holding in everything according to the intention of the original cyrograph drawn up between Edward, his grandfather, and the monks. Moreover, they have granted to David and his heirs that they should for ever be free from all aids which can be placed in future upon free tenants. In return for the said grant, David has renounced every right that he was saying he had in the villa of Oldcambus.
5 December 1235 X 22 August 1241
Date of papal mandate appointing judges-delegate × death of Pope Gregory IX.