B[enedict], dean of Lanark writes to J[ohn], bishop of Glasgow, and Master A[dam] de Dertford, official of Glasgow, stating that he has made diligent inquiry in the chapter of Lanark by trustworthy people, regarding the church of Covington (LAN) as commanded, as to the presentation of Adam of Quarenteley. He has learned that the church was void after the death of Sir Walter Lockhart from the morrow of Holy Trinity, 1262. Regarding the right of patronage, he has learned that John, lord of Colbaynstun (Covington) was the true patron, that Lady Marie, mother of the king of Scots, made the last presentations, as John was then in her custody. Wherefore John had letters patent from Lady Marie, which the writer has seen, that the same should not prejudice him or his heirs. John’s fee was seized in the king’s hand before the late rector Sir W. Lockhart’s death, for a certain debt due to the king. He has also learned that the church was not ‘pensionary’, but it does not appear to him to be ‘letigiosa’, unless from divers letters directed to him by the bishop and official. Adam the presentee is legitimate, his morals, life and honesty declare him to be amiable and praiseworthy. The church is taxed at 100s. and given to feuferme for 12 marks.
5 June 1262 X 1267
After the morrow of Holy Trinity, 1262 (_CDS_ suggests 1262, before Michaelmas)