William de Mortimer announces that the grant which he made by request and arrangement of his lord David, brother of the king of Scotland, to his clerk Robert, of the church of Aberdour (FIF), was against God and against all form of law and justice. For on the evidence of religious men, clerks and laymen, of the kingdom of Scotland, he has understood and learned that in the times of Kings Alexander, David and Malcolm, the aforesaid church of Aberdour belonged to Inchcolm Priory and they held it as their own and adjacent to the mother church of Inchcolm. When, however, he was about to give the said Robert possession and investiture of the aforesaid church by his messengers and men and clerks of the king, the aforementioned canons stood before the door of the church with their cross and many relics, and with counter-claims and protests, placed themselves under the protection of the lord pope and appealed to his presence. When these, at length, had been shamefully beaten, dragged away and put to flight, they intruded Robert. Wherefore, led by penitence, he has granted the church to the aforesaid canons and established by his charter that often times the said Robert declared to him verbally that on peace being made between him and the canons, he had forsworn it and afterwards, in William’s presence and in the presence of many others, left it free and quit to the canons.
6 March 1179 X 17 March 1183
Bull of Pope Alexander III × bull of Pope Lucius III.
Source for Data Entry
Inchcolm Charters, no. 5
Inchcolm, no. 5
The unconventional statement including the concedo & confirmo dispositive clause suggests that William is confirming Robert the clerk’s quitclaim of the church, for which no separate document survives.