People of Medieval Scotland
1093 - 1371

Document 2/64/35 (Arb. Lib., no. 333)

Brother Bernard, abbot of Arbroath, and the convent of the same place address lord Adam, abbot of Kilwinning and state that they recently found out that Brother John, the former abbot of the monastery of Arbroath and a simple monk, was taken from the war in England by Peter of Strathearn, or by one of his household, and is detained as a prisoner in their hands for a ransom [which is] to be produced. The monks of Arbroath state that they affectionately acknowledged the abbot of Kilwinning’s fatherly aspiration that to bail out John from the hands of Peter and his family in Arbroath’s name. Bernard and the monks state that if it should be dictated, by the discretion of their king and his council, that ransom should be made for a single monk, then the monks of Arbroath will willingly produce and answer for the ransom, as it may have been ordained by the king and his council, or the monks of Arbroath will release the said to them according to the conditions in which they are presented. And Adam, etc. should release John to be reinstituted at the monastery of Arbroath as determined by Dom Nicholas of Lundie, Arbroath’s fellow monk, or Adam Wayt and Thomas of Dalgarnock.
Firm date
21 August 1312
Dating Notes
21st day of August in the year of grace 1312
Place date (modern)
Arbroath Abbey (chapterhouse)
Place date (document)
capitulo nostro apud Aberbrothoc
Related Place
Arbroath Abbey
Source for Data Entry
Arbroath Liber, no. 333
Trad. ID
Arb. Lib., no. 333
Calendar number
Charter type
Letter (correspondence)

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Date Short Summary Primary Witnesses
21 Aug. 1312 Statement concerning capture of John, abbot of Arbroath during the war yes