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Abbeygormacan (Abbey)

Order: Augustinian Canons

The parish of Abbeygormacan is associated with three early medieval sites: Cell Brigte, Etargabal (female and male site, in the parish of Addergoole, associated with Ciannóc d of Ua Cicharáin, coarbial site, recorded in AFM and Tax 1302 – 06) and Findabair. (www.monasticonhibernicum.celt.dias.ie, accessed 27/02/13)

The abbots of Abbeygormacan received a number of mandates from the pope relating to the administration of the diocese of Clonfert, as well as dealing with members of the monastery itself. Individuals mentioned by name in these letters include Malachy Yconer, an Augustinian canon of the monastery of Abbeygormacan, who entered the monastery and took the habit in his fifteenth year, but who left after a year, lived as a secular priest, was accused and punished for simony, and wished to return to Abbeygormacan at the end of his life. There is also a reference to Donatus Ohanyd, late abbot of the monastery of St. Mary, Abbeygormacan (Via nova), O.S.A., in the diocese of Clonfert, who resigned from the monastery on account of old age, bodily weakness, and loss of sight, shortly before or in 1466. (CPL)

On July 1, 1543, William (Ulick) de Burgo, (als. Mac William), was granted the title Earl of Clanricarde, with castles and manors he held or formerly reheld and the monastery of Via Nova (Med. religious houses, Ire, 156).

From 1630 onwards, the Augustinian Friars laid claim to to houses formerly possessed by the Canons Regular of St. Augustine - Aughrim, Clontuskert and Abbeygormacan were among those reoccupied. (Thomas Fanning, Michael Dolley and Geraldine Roche, PRIA, Vol. 76, (1976), 104)

Name of Foundation: Abbey of St. Mary, Vita Nova
Dedicated to: St. Mary

Barony: Leitrim/ Liatroim
Civil Parish: Abbeygormacan/ Mainistir Ó gCormacáin
Townland: Abbeygormacan ()
Kingdom/Lordship: Uí Maine
Early mediaeval Kingdom/Lordship: Uí Maine
Late mediaeval Kingdom/Lordship: de Burgo/Mac William Uachtar/Clanricarde

Main events in the history of this site

pre 1170Foundation - Founded by an O Gormogan (Ware) Probably founded before 1170 (Med. religious houses, Ire., 156) 
1309 - 1309 – lawsuit over land shows that Dermod O Feigher was previously abbot here (K (A)), (Med. religious houses, Ire., 156) 
1437 - 1437 [-8], 5 Id. March, Ferrara (f. 128)
To the abbot of Abbeygormacan (Nova via) and the prior of St. Catherine’s, Archdraym Omayne, in the diocese of Clonfert, and the dean of Clonfert. Mandate – the pope having been informed by Maurice Ofyayth, priest, of the diocese of Kildare, that Cornelius Oleathlabyr, perpetual vicar of Monasterois (de Castellopetra alias de Casleanfeorays) in the said diocese, has dilapidated goods of the said vicarage, and does not atone for his insufficient learning by his merits, but is on the contrary publicly defamed of divers vices and excesses – if Maurice, who from fear of Cornelius’s power has no hope of obtaining justice in the city or diocese of Kildare, will accuse Cornelius before them, to summon Cornelius, and if they find the above or enough thereof to be true, to deprive Cornelius, and in that event to collate and assign the said vicarage, value not exceeding 8 marks sterling, to Maurice. Vite etc.
 
1441 - 1441, 13 Kal. June. Florence (f. 302d.)

To the abbot of Abbeygormacan (Via nova) in the diocese of Clonfert. Mandate to collate and assign to Thady Ohurayn, rector of Ceandmuge in the diocese of Clonfert, the perpetual vicarage of Leachmulasse in the same diocese, value not exceeding 3 marks sterling, void by the death without the Roman court of Maurice Ohanrathayn; summoning and removing Cabricus Macaedadgayn (sic), priest of the said diocese, who has detained it for about a year without any right; notwithstanding that he holds the said rectory, whose cure is exercised by a perpetual vicar, and whose value does not exceed 2 marks sterling, which and the said vicarage he is hereby dispensed to hold for life, notwithstanding the pope’s late ordinance to the contrary. Dignum etc.
CPL, 9, (1431 – 1447), 201
 
1441 - 1441 [-2], 9 Kal. April, Florence, (f. 284)

To the bishop of Valva. Mandate, at the recent petition of Malachy Yconer, an Augustinian canon of the monastery of Abbeygormacan (Vianova) in the diocese of Clonfert – containing that he entered the said monastery after the years of discretion, and after remaining therein for some time as a novice, received in his fifteenth year the habit of a canon, and after wearing it for about a month, but without the monastery, abandoned the habit, returned to the world and lived laudably for about twelve years as a secular priest; that subsequently he (who is illegitimate, being the son of a priest, a canon of the said order, and an unmarried woman, and who had been dispensed, by authority of the ordinary only, to be promoted to minor orders and hold a benefice without cure), without mention of his having put off the habit, had himself promoted to all, even holy orders, and got provision made to him by the said [ordinary] authority of the perpetual vicarage of Crusmolina in the diocese of Killala and the prebend of Roserck, called by many the chancellorship, and subsequently simoniacally resigned the said benefices, in return for a money payment, to the ordinary, incurring the sentences of excommunication etc. promulgated against simoniacs; and adding that he repents and desires to return to the said monastery – to absolve him, after he has returned and [again] received the habit, from the said sentences etc., enjoining penance etc., dispense him on account of irregularity, dispense him to minister in all the said holy orders and to remain perpetually in some monastery of the said order, and rehabilitate him. Solet sedis apostolice.
CPL, 9, (1431 – 1447), 274
 
1443 - 1443, 4 Non. Nov, St. Peter’s Rome (f. 46d.)
De Prebendis Vacantibus
To the abbot of St. Mary’s, Abbeygormacan (Nova via), and the prior of St. Catherine’s, Acraym Omayne, in the diocese of Clonfert, and Dermit Ocluan, a canon of Clonfert. Mandate (the pope having been informed by Thomas Okeallayd, clerk, of the diocese of Clonfert, that Matthew Osyridean, a canon of Clonfert, a notorious fornicator, has dilapidated the canonry and prebend of Culfada in Clonfert) if Thomas, who is of noble race, will accuse the said canonry and prebend, value not exceeding 5 marks sterling, to Thomas; whenever it become void by such deprivation, or be void by the death without the Roman court of Bernard Ykeallaid or in any other way. Nobilitas generis, vite etc.
CPL, 9 (1431 – 1447), 345
 
1445 - 1445, 7 Kal. June. St. Peter’s. Rome, (f. 281)
To the bishop of Cloyne (Clonen) and the priors of Galeang and Kyllethe in the diocese of Cloyne and Kildare (Daren.). Mandate, as below. The petition of James Ybrogayd, deacon, of Clonfert, contained that (after he had been dispensed, as the son of a priest and an unmarried woman, to be promoted to all, even holy orders and hold a benefice even with cure, and had thereafter obtained, and subsequently resigned the rural rectory without cure of Madonnbarlayd in the diocese of Clonfert and a canonry of Clonfert with the prebend of Fynduyr), upon the archdeaconry of Clonfert becoming void by the resignation of Malachy Omadagayn to the late Thomas, bishop of Clonfert, he (by virtue of letters of the present pope, lately ordering provision to be made to him of a benefice with or without cure in the gift of the archbishop of Tuam and the bishop of Clonfert, and the chapters etc. of those churches, even if a dignity, but not major, or a canonry and prebend, the pope dispensing him by the same letters to receive and hold it) accepted it within the lawful time and got provision made to him thereof, and in virtue of the said acceptance and provision, and also of certain other letters granted by the pope in this matter, obtained possession; that after he had held it for more than ten years, Thady Occallayd, a clerk, also of Clonfert, under pretext of expectative letters granted to him by the pope, accepted and caused provision to be made to him of it, void, as he alleged, by the deprivation of the said James on account of falsely alleged simony, or on account of the obtaining (which, however, was in no wise proved) of another benefice, wherefore James appealed to the executor of the said [expectative] letters from the said provision, made to Thady by the sub-executor commissioned, but without full power, by the said executor; that the said executor revoked all that had been done and against the said appeal, but did not proceed further in the appeal on account of the power and intimidation of a number of Thady’s adherents, wherefore James obtained papal letters addressed to the abbot of the Augustinian monastery of Abbeygormacan (de Nova Via) in the said diocese, whose abbot, Donatus, likewise fearing the said power and intimidation, and dreading to proceed in the said cause, delegated him commission to David Ocallanayn, a canon of Clonfert, who by a definitive sentence pronounced that James had been and was unduly vexed and disturbed, notwithstanding which Thady despoiled James of the archdeaconry and possession thereof, and intruded himself, and is still in possession. Seeing that, as the said petition added, the said James doubts the validity of the said acceptance and provision, the pope orders the above bishop and priors, inasmuch as from fear of Thady’s power he has no hope of obtaining justice in the city and diocese of Clonfert, to summon Thady and others concerned, and to collate and assign the said archdeaconry, a non-major dignity, value not exceeding 12 marks sterling, to James, removing Thady and any other unlawful detainer. He is hereby dispensed on account of the said defect to receive and hold it, and as soon as he obtains permission the said other letters granted to him by the pope shall be without force. Vite etc.
CPL, 9 (1431 – 1447), 537 – 538
 
1447 - 1447 [-8], Id. Jan. (13 Jan.) St. Peter’s, Rome.

To the bishops of Elphin and Kilmacduagh (Duacen.), and the abbot of St. Mary’s, Abbeygormacan (de Vianova), in the diocese of Clonfert. Mandate, as below. The recent petition of John, archbishop of Tuam contained that, according to the traditions of the old and the foundations of ancient monasteries of those parts, as may be perceived from ancient chronicles, histories and books, the manor or place of Mayo in the diocese of Tuam was formerly reputed to be a member of the archiepiscopal mensa of Tuam, and the church of the said place from its primeval foundation secular and collegiate, and wont to be governed by a secular prior and college of secular priests for a space of about three hundred years, that the said church was afterwards, by the then archbishop of Tuam, with counsel and assent of the chapter of Tuam, erected into a monastery to be governed by an abbot and convent of the order of St. Augustine, that thenceforward an abbot and convent of that order continually remained in the monastery, under the ordinary jurisdiction of the archbishop, that more than sixty years ago the abbot and convent got the said erection and institution confirmed by the apostolic see, that thenceforward they were immediately subject to the archbishop by ordinary right, and that the said monastery and manor or place have been hitherto, and were from time immemorial, called a parcel of the said mensa, without their being in the said place a city, or the church of the monastery being cathedral, or their being therein any insignia of such cathedral church; but that nevertheless Eugenius IV (circumvented by the suggestion of Odo Ohugyn), who has been abbot of the monastery for some years, that the said place was the city of Mayo (Magionen) and the church of the monastery being cathedral, and that the said church was deprived of the rule of its pastor by the death or resignation of Martin its bishop, who in the nature of things had not been [bishop] made provision to Odo of the said church and appointed him bishop; that Odo, not ignorant of the foregoing, behaving as bishop of Mayo, had himself consecrated, converting the fruits of the monastery to his own uses, and preventing archbishop John from exercising jurisdiction in the said place and taking the usual rights, and, being under the sentences and ecclesiastical censures of the said archbishop and his officials, has celebrated masses and other divine offices, even in contempt of the Keys. The pope therefore orders the above three to summon Odo and others concerned, annul the said provision and appointment and their consequences, reduce the monastery, manor or place to their pristine state, and impose perpetual silence on Odo, aggravating their processes as often as expedient, and invoking the aid of the secular arm. Sedis apostolice providencia.
CPL, 10 (1447 – 1455), 343 - 344
 
1457 - 1457 6 Id. May (10 May) St. Peter’s, Rome. (f. 173)

To the abbot of St. Mary’s, Abbeygormacan (de Nova Via), in the diocese of Clonfert. Mandate to collate and assign to Cornelius Maccabrehum, priest, of the diocese of Elphin, the perpetual vicarage of Cyllmacallayn alias of St. Mansinus in the said diocese, value not exceeding 12 marks sterling, void by the resignation of Dermit Micbrehim made before Thady Maccabrehim notary public and witnesses, and admitted by Cornelius bishop of Elphin; although Cornelius Meccabrehum, priest, of the said diocese, whom from fear of his power the above Cornelius Maccabrehum cannot safely meet in the city and diocese of Elphin, has detained possession for more than three years but less than four without canonical title or right. Dignum arbitramur.
(CPL, 11 (1455 – 1464), 316
 
1464 - 1464 18 Kal. July (14 June) St. Peter’s, Rome (f. 53d.)

De Prebendis Vacantibus

To David Condun, clerk of the diocese of Killala (Aladen). Reservation to the pope’s gift, for collation to him, or a canonry of Clonfert and the prebend of Ciullcuban therein, value not exceeding 3 marks sterling, to become void by the provision, which the pope has recently ordered to be made to Donatus Ohanyn, of the archdeaconry of the same church, a non-major dignity, requiring him to resign, as he himself offered, the said canonry and prebend as soon as he obtained the archdeaconry. Vite etc.
Concurrent mandate to the abbot of St. Mary’s, Abbeygormacan (de Via nova), in the diocese of Clonfert, the archdeacon of Cloyne (Clonen), and Cornelius Ocynayd, a canon of the same. Hodie dilecto filio David Aladen.
(CPL, Vol. 12, 1458 – 1471), 203
 
1466 - 1466 17 Kal. Oct. (15 Sept.) St. Mark’s, Rome (f. 29)
To Thomas Ohanyn, canon of Clonfert. Mandate (the pope having learned that Donatus Ohanyd, late abbot of the monastery of St. Mary, Abbeygormacan (Via nova), O.S.A., in the diocese of Clonfert, has resigned the said monastery on account of old age, bodily weakness, and loss of sight, in presence of several persons and witnesses, without the Roman court and in those parts, in which there are said to be no notaries), to summon the said Donatus and others concerned, and if he find the said resignation lawful, to receive and admit it by papal authority, and thereupon to make provision of the said monastery and of the parish church of Killrikill in the said diocese, which is annexed thereto, not exceeding 20 marks sterling. The pope hereby grants that he may be blessed with the apostolic see, without prejudice to the ordinary. Solicite consideracionis. (CPL, 12 1458 – 1471), 562
 
1476 - 1475 (-6)
10 Kal. March (21 Feb.) St. Peter’s Rome (f. 85r.)
To the abbot of St. Mary’s, Abbeygormacan (de Vianova), in the diocese of Clonfert, the archdeacon of Clonfert, and Magonius Omollaly, a canon of the same. Mandate, as below. The pope lately (upon being informed by Donald Okaly, a canon of the monastery of St. Mary, Clontuasgertaomane, O.S.A., in the diocese of Clonfert, that Donatus OKellay, prior of the monastery of St. Mary, Clontuasgertaomane, O.S.A., in the diocese of Clonfert, was so far wanting in regular care and diligence, and so much unmindful of his profession and honour that [he allowed] the canons to live separately and have their own property, and that, having been suspended and denounced as such, he had celebrated masses and other divine offices, wittingly and in contempt of the Keys), ordered the abbot of St. Mary’s, Knockmoy (Collis victorie), in the diocese of Tuam and David Walsh (Valenci) and William Olachanayn, canons of Tuam (inasmuch as from fear of Donatus’s power the said Donald had no hope of obtaining justice in the city and diocese of Clonfert), if Donald would accuse Donatus before them, to summon the latter, and if they found the foregoing to be true, to deprive and remove him, and in that event to collate and assign the said priory to Donald. At the recent petition of Donatus (containing that in the said letters Donald did not mention that he had otherwise accused Donatus of certain other crimes, and had failed to prove them, wherefore Donatus had been acquitted, and that, whereas Donald falsely alleged that from fear of the said Donatus he had no hope of obtaining justice in the city or diocese of Clonfert, and had therefore impetrated judges from outside that diocese, the truth is that he is as powerful as the said prior in the prosecution of his right, and is one of the canons of the said monastery who against the monition of the said prior tries to possess property of his own, the pope hereby orders the above three to inhibit the said abbot, David and William from proceeding further in the said cause until the above three have taken cognizance of the surreptitiousness of the said letters, and moreover, if, after summoning Donald and others concerned, they find the foregoing to be true, to declare the said letters surreptitious and invalid, and the processes held in virtue of them null and void. Justis supplicum votis.
CPL 13.2, (1475 – 1484), 27 – 28
 
1480 - 1480 recte 1481 (-2), 10 Kal. April (23 March), St. Peter’s, Rome, f. 23r.

De Vacantibus.

To the abbot of St. Mary’s, Abbeygormacan (Via nova), and the priors of St. Mary’s, Clontuasgertomane, and St. Catherine’s, Achruymomane, in the diocese of Clonfert. Mandate to collate and assign to Maurice Otressay, a canon of Clonfert, who is in his twenty-fourth year, the perpetual vicarage of Kyllaemarbolga in the diocese of Clonfert, value 3 marks sterling, so long void that its collation has lapsed to the apostolic see, although William Otressay, priest of the said diocese, who is to be summoned and removed, has detained it for some years, without any title or right; notwithstanding that he holds a canonry and prebend of Clonfert, value 20 marks sterling. The pope hereby dispenses him to receive and retain the said vicarage, notwithstanding the said defect of age, etc., and not to be bound for a year to have himself promoted to any holy order on account of the said vicarage or any other benefice with cure or requiring holy orders, whilst studying letters at an university. Vite etc.
CPL, 13.2 (1475 – 1484), 290
 
1481 - 1481 – 2, 4 Kal. March (26 Feb.), St. Peter’s, Rome. (f. 193v)

To the abbot of St. Mary’s, Abbeygormacan (de Via nova), in the diocese of Clonfert, and Cornelius Ochenay and Donald Omulalay, canons of Clonfert. Mandate, as below. The pope has been informed by Maurice Oroesay, a canon of Clonfert, that Odo Maccegayn, a canon of the same church, has carnally known a certain kinswoman of his and kept her as his concubine, and has had offspring by her, even after he had been monished by Matthew, bishop of Clonfert, to put her away, and that he was committed perjury and neglected the canonical hours. And the said information added that the fruits etc. of the canonry and prebend of Clonfert which the said Maurice holds are insufficient for his maintenance, and that if the rectory of Dundayre in the diocese of Clonfert, with cure and of the patronage of laymen, which is held by the said Odo for life as united to his canonry and prebend of Clonfert, were separated therefrom, and united to the canonry and prebend which the said Maurice holds for his lifetime, he would be more able to maintain himself. The pope, therefore, hereby orders the above three, if the said Maurice will accuse the said Odo before them, to summon the latter and others concerned, and if they find the foregoing to be true, to dissolve the said union of the said Odo’s canonry and prebend, and deprive him of the said rectory, and remove him therefrom, and in that event to unite it, value 16 marks sterling, to the said Maurice’s canonry and prebend, value 3 marks sterling, for his lifetime. Circa pastoralis officii.
CPL 13.2 (1475 – 1484), 770
 
1482 - 3 - 1482 – 3, 3 Id. March (13 March) St. Peter’s, Rome. (f. 216r.)
To the abbots of Abbeygormacan (de Via nova) and Clonfert (de Portu puro), in the diocese of Clonfert, and the archdeacon of Clonfert. Mandate to collate and assign to Thomas Machray, a canon of the monastery of Clare (de Forgio alias de Clar), O.S.A., in the diocese of Killaloe (Laon[i]en), priest, who is illegitimate, being the son of an abbot of the said order and an unmarried woman, the perpetual vicarage of the town of Locrieye in the diocese of Clonfert, value 8 marks sterling, so long void that its collation has lapsed to the apostolic see, although William Oduinns, priest, of the said diocese [of Clonfert], has detained it for several years, without any title or right, summoning and removing the said William; whether it be still void by the successive deaths of Laurence Yahey and Philip Mechrat, or howsoever it be void. The pope hereby dispenses him to receive and retain it, notwithstanding the said defect etc. Religionis etc.
CPL 13.2 (1475 – 1484), 835
 
1486 - 7 - 1486/7 14 Kal. Feb (19 Jan.), St. Peter’s, Rome (f. 244r.)

To the abbot of the monastery of St. Mary, Abbeygormacan (de Via nova), and the prior of the monastery of St. Mary, Cluayntuasgerta Omaine, wont to be governed by a prior, in the diocese of Clonfert, and the dean of Clonfert. Mandate, as below. The pope has learned that a canonry of Tuam and the prebend called [the prebend] of Templegaile (Templi albi) therein are void by the death extra R.c. of Thady Omigian, and that the perpetual vicarage of the parish church of Inishmaine (Porte magne) by the monastery of Knockmoy (Collis victorie), O.Cist., in the said diocese, has been so long void that by the Lateran statutes its collation has lapsed to the apostolic see, although Thomas Offyn, priest, has detained possession of the said canonry and prebend for about a year, and John Occelayd, a monk, the said vicarage for days and years, without their having any canonical title. The pope, therefore, hereby orders the above three to collate and assign to Cristinus Ospellan, priest, of the diocese of Tuam (who has no hope of obtaining justice in the city and diocese of Tuam, outside the church of Tuam) the said canonry and prebend and vicarage, yearly values not exceeding 3 and 4 marks sterling, respectively; summoning and removing the said Thomas and John. Vite etc.
CPL, 14 (1484 – 1492), 161 – 162
 
1486 - 7 - 1486-7, 3 Kal. Feb., (30 Jan.), St. Peter’s, Rome. (f. 104r.)

To the abbot of Abbeygormacan (de Via nova) and the prior of the monastery of Clontuasgerta Omane, wont to be governed by a prior, in the diocese of Clonfert, and the official of Clonfert. Mandate, as below. The pope has learned that the perpetual vicarage of the parish church of Rilconeecehne in the diocese of Clonfert has been so long void that by the Lateran statutes its collation has lapsed to the apostolic see, although Eugene Offathi, who behaves as prior of the monastery of St. Mary, Achdraym Omane, O.S.A., in the said diocese, has without any title detained possession of it for some years. And the pope has been informed by Theobald de Burgo, a canon of Clonfert (Clotferten) that Maurice Otressay, a canon of Clonfert (Clotferten.), when under sentence of excommunication, of which he was not ignorant, has taken part in divine offices in contempt of the Keys, thereby contracting irregularity, that he has dilapidated and turned to his own evil purposes the precious moveable goods of the prebend called the prebend of Kilteskyll in the church of Clonfert, and of the rectory of the parish church on Dundayre in the said diocese, which is of lay patronage, and is annexed for his lifetime to his said canonry and prebend, and has not served the said rectory by himself or by a vicar, although often monished by the ordinary. At the petition, therefore, of the said Theobald, who alleges that he is of a great race of nobles, the pope hereby orders the above three, if he will accuse the said Maurice before them, to summon the latter, and if they find the foregoing to be true, to deprive and remove him from the said prebend, and in that event to summon the said Eugene, and collate and assign the said vicarage to the said Theobald, and, with consent of the patrons, unite and appropriate the said rectory, and also the said vicarage, to the said prebend, yearly values not exceeding 20, 6 and 3 marks sterling, respectively, for as long as he shall hold the latter, inducting him and removing the said Maurice from the said prebend and rectory, and the said Eugene from the said vicarage. Apostolice sedis providentia circumspecta.
CPL, 14 (1484 – 1492), 137 – 138
 
1488 - 1488, 3 Id. May. (13 May) St. Peter’s Rome, (f. 99c.)

To the abbot of St. Mary’s, Abbeygormacan (de Nova via), in the diocese of Clonfert, and Maurice Otrassy and Donatus Ohwuiriy, canons of Clonfert. Mandate, as below. The recent petition of Philip Odownylay, priest, of the diocese of Clonfert, contained that after he had been dispensed by papal authority on account of illegitimacy, as the son of a priest and a married woman, to be promoted to all, even holy orders and hold a benefice even with cure, and had been made a clerk, he obtained by canonical collation the perpetual vicarage of the parish church of Kiltormoyr in the said diocese; that he resigned it when provision had been made to him by the same [papal] authority of the perpetual vicarage of the parish church of Killynaduna in the said diocese; and that, without having obtained any other dispensation, he and Fergal Odonnlan, priest, of the said diocese (to whom provision had been canonically made of the said vicarage of Kyltormoyr, resigned the said vicarages of Kyllinaduna and Kyltolmoyr, respectively, to the present bishop of Clonfert, extra R.c., who by his ordinary authority admitted the said resignations, and made de facto collation and provision of the said vicarages of Killynaduna and Kiltormoyr to the said Fergal and Philip, respectively, under pretext whereof the said Philip took possession of the said vicarage of Kyltormoyr and has detained it, taking the fruits, likewise de facto, thereby contracting disability. The said collation and provision of the said vicarage of Kyltormoyr being therefore without force, and the pope having learned that the said vicarage of Kyltormoyr is still void as above, he hereby rehabilitates on account of the foregoing the said Philip (who alleges that after the said dispensation he had himself promoted to the said orders, that he has at great expense repaired and restored the said church of Kiltormoyr, which was in ruin, and that the said vicarage of Kyltormoyr has been by authority of the ordinary de facto united to the canonry and prebend of Clonfert held by Thady Macegayn, who has not the possession of it), remits to him the fruits received by him from the said vicarage of Kyltormoyr, and orders the above three to summon the said Thady and others concerned, and if they find the said vicarage of Kyltormoyr, yearly value not exceeding 3 marks sterling, to be void as above or in any other way, etc., to collate and assign it to the said Philip. The pope specially dispenses him to receive it, and to resign it when he pleases, etc., notwithstanding the said defect, etc. Before they proceed to the execution of these presents, he is to resign it to them. Sedis apostolica, pia mater.
CPL, 14 (1484 – 1492), 221 - 222
 
1543, 1 July - William (Ulick) de Burgo, als. Mac William, was granted the title Earl of Clanricarde, with castles and manors he held or formerly reheld and the monastery of Via Nova (Morrin ii, 86), (Med. religious houses, Irel., 156) 
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