Monastic Wales.

Event detail for site: Monmouth

c. 1200: Proposal to found a daughter-house

Walter de Lacy (d. 1241)apparently took steps to found a daughter-house of Monmouth c. 1200, but his plans did not seemingly come to fruition.

Walter de Lacy (d. 1241) instigated the foundation of a daughter-house of Monmouth. With the consent of Margaret, his wife, he granted the abbey of St Florent and the priory of St Mary’s, Monmouth, five carucates of land at ‘Radebanc’ for a prior and monks. According to the terms of the agreement Walter or his heirs were to choose the prior from among the brethren of either St Florent or St Mary’s, and the abbot of St Florent was to receive an ounce of gold from the new priory each year. The proposed foundation was never seemingly realised.

Bibliographical sources

Printed sources

Cowley, F. G., The Monastic Order in South Wales 1066-1349 (Cardiff, 1977) p. 39

Archival sources

The National Archives, 'Exchequer: King's Remembrancer Ancient Deeds, Series D: proposed foundation of d'house (Monmouth)', (Document), (View website)

Other events in the history of this site

c.1080Foundation - William the Conqueror confirmed the endowment of the priory before his death in 1086.  [1 sources]
1101Dedication - The church was dedicated by Bishop Hervey of Bangor. [1 sources]
c.1200Proposal to found a daughter-house - Walter de Lacy (d. 1241)apparently took steps to found a daughter-house of Monmouth c. 1200, but his plans did not seemingly come to fruition. [1 sources][1 archives]
1234Compensation - The community sustained damages during the war between Henry III and Richard Marshall but was duly compensated. [2 sources]
1264Financial problems - Geoffrey Moreteau, a capable monk of St Florent, was sent to Monmouth take over as prior of the house, in the hope that he could reverse the priory’s financial problems. [2 sources]
1279Indulgences - In an attempt to alleviate the priory's financial burdens Bishop Thomas de Cantilupe of Hereford issued an indulgence to anyone who visited the priory church of St Mary’s and recited prayers there. [1 sources]
1291Wealth - According to the Taxatio Ecclesiastica of 1291 Monmouth had at this time 480 acres of arable land and the priory’s assized rents totalled £14 6s 8d with the revenue from its courts (‘curial revenue’) totalling 10s.  [2 sources]
1309Sanctuary infringed - A band of armed Welshmen broke into the church, dragged out an escapee from the castle and then murdered him.  [1 sources]
1315Impoverishment - At this time the priory was so greatly impoverished that the abbot of St Florent doubted he would be able to maintain a full convent at Monmouth. [1 sources]
1354Diocesan rights - A case was made for episcopal visitation and procuration.  [1 sources]
1398Papal indulgence - Boniface IX granted an indulgence to pilgrims who visited the priory on great festivals, as well as on the feast day of the dedication and on the feast of the relics. [1 sources]
1403Destruction - The priory suffered losses during the Owain Glyn Dŵr rebellion. [1 sources]
1415Independence - Monmouth achieved independent status and continued as a denizen priory. [2 sources]
c.1531Deprivation - In November 1531 reports of the priory's ruinous state were noted and an investigation was undertaken by the bishop of Hereford. [2 sources]
c.1536Dissolution - The exact date of the priory's suppression is not now known but it was certainly not before the start of June 1536 when the house was still functioning. [6 sources]