Settlement: NRS GD55/133

Description (from People of Medieval Scotland)

P[atrick], abbot of Dunfermline, G[eoffrey], abbot of Dryburgh, and A[rnold], prior of Coldingham, recite a papal mandate of Innocent [III] appointing them papal judges-delegate in the case between the abbot and convent of Melrose and William, knight of Hownam, in the diocese of Glasgow, concerning certain land he had given to the church of Melrose. By the authority of the mandate, the parties being called together before the judges, the controversy was settled thus: W., knight, confessed that he had granted the land to the abbot and monks in free, pure and perpetual alms, as in his charter and the confirmation charter of the king. The abbot and monks conceded, in the presence of the judges, that W., knight, would hold the land all the time of his life of the house of Melrose. After the death of W., knight, the same land, with all its rights and integrity would fall to the uses of the said abbot and monks. W, knight, took a corporeal oath on the gospels before the judges that he would never go against the form and tenor of this composition. The abbot, for himself and his convent, before the judges, faithfully promised to observe the composition. The judges, by apostolic authority, have confirmed this composition and W[illiam], knight, restored the charter which he had of the monks and swore that he did not have another, and if another was found, it would be ineffective and have no value.

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Repository
National Records of Scotland
Town or City
Edinburgh
Shelfmark
GD55/133

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Catalogue Numbers
Melr. Lib. no. 133
PoMS Document 4/32/19
Format
Unspecified
Date
17 June 1208 x 1209

People of Medieval Scotland (PoMS Document 4/32/19)

P[atrick], abbot of Dunfermline, G[eoffrey], abbot of Dryburgh, and A[rnold], prior of Coldingham, recite a papal mandate of Innocent [III] appointing them papal judges-delegate in the case between the abbot and convent of Melrose and William, knight of Hownam, in the diocese of Glasgow, concerning certain land he had given to the church of Melrose. By the authority of the mandate, the parties being called together before the judges, the controversy was settled thus: W., knight, confessed that he had granted the land to the abbot and monks in free, pure and perpetual alms, as in his charter and the confirmation charter of the king. The abbot and monks conceded, in the presence of the judges, that W., knight, would hold the land all the time of his life of the house of Melrose. After the death of W., knight, the same land, with all its rights and integrity would fall to the uses of the said abbot and monks. W, knight, took a corporeal oath on the gospels before the judges that he would never go against the form and tenor of this composition. The abbot, for himself and his convent, before the judges, faithfully promised to observe the composition. The judges, by apostolic authority, have confirmed this composition and W[illiam], knight, restored the charter which he had of the monks and swore that he did not have another, and if another was found, it would be ineffective and have no value.

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