Note: ages, Michael, Dorset, Queen's College. He was a "poor boy" at Queen's College in 1413-1414. He is listed in the Queen's College Long Rolls in 1415-6 and 1420-1 (UO).
Thomas was listed 8 Apr 1460 on the faculty of St. Andrews University, as "domini Thome Dog," or Sir Thomas Dog (FSA). By 1469 he was incorporated with the University of Glasgow in the rectorship of Master William Arthurle.
Thomas became Prior of Inchmahome, a monastery in the Lake of Menteith, in 1469 (LM). In December of 1477 his position was challenged, and Alexander Ruch became prior by March of 1478 (LM). The following records are translations from the Latin, recorded under Pope Paul II and Sixtus IV (ACSB):
On 10 Apr 1469 - Gaspar de Ricassulin of Florence, associate and agent of So. de Paziis, had a bull under seal of Bishop of Feltre for Thomas Dog anent provision of Priory of Inchmahome (St. Colmoci Insula), Dunblane diocese (�60 Stirling), and promised to pay annates [Note: annates are payments made to the Pope on a six month or annual basis, from the first fruits of income from an ecclesiastical position.] and Quittance within six months or to restore bulls, etc. in meliori forma.
On 27 Feb 1470 - He paid 75 florins for annates by hands of So. de Paziis. See Li xj introits
On 1 Mar 1470 - For Thomas Dog, 75 florins (g.c.) for the annates of the Priory of Inchmahome, Dunblane diocese ad exitum So. de Paziis. fl. lxxv.
On 27 Mar 1470 - Marcus. Rome, per introitum et exitum, and for So. de Paziis in deduction, etc., et primo. From Thomas Dog 75 florins (g.c.) for annates of Priory of monastery of Inchmahome, Dunblane diocese, to which he had made a mandate of provision (�60 Stirling). [Margin: fl. lxxv.] Reg. Mand. 841, 196v.
On 29 Mar 1470 - John Cawreis, Canon of Scone, O.S.A., St. Andrews diocese, for annates of Priory of Inchmahome, said order, Dunblane diocese, void formerly by resignation of a certain Gilbert de Camera, formerly Prior, in hands of the Ordinary. Mandate of provision to said John, citing a certain Thomas [Dog], intruder, and others, Rome, 6 Kal. [24 Feb], anno 6. He promised, etc., because intrusion narrated in said bull. 18, lxxxvj.
On 26 July 1474 - A bull perinde valere for Thomas Dog, Canon of Inchmahome, O.S.A., Dunblane diocese, anent provision of Priory of monastery (�60 Stirling), void by death of late John Carwers, collitgant, in ["altered from" outwith] Curia, with advocation and extinction of suit, as by bull, Rome, 7 Kal. Nov. [26 Oct], anno 3. Rendered at mandate of mensarius because annates of Priory found to be paid by said Thomas, as in Li V. Ann. Paul II, fo. 91. 23, ccxxviiij.
On 7 Nov 1475 - Alexander Ruch, Canon of Cambuskyn - neth, O.S.A., St. Andrews diocese, principal, for annates of Priory of monastery of Inchmahome, accustomed to be governed by a Prior, said order, Dunblane diocese (�75 Stirling), void by surreption of apostolic letters formerly granted to Thomas Dos [Dog] anent said Priory, by declaration to be made in partibus. Mandate of provision with summoning of Thomas, Rome, 14 Kal. Sept. [19 Aug], anno 3. He promised to pay, etc. within six months from date of possession. Rendered at mandate, because said Thomas paid annates and possesses. See Lib. Ann. Paul, fo. 91. 24, xxiiij.
On 2 Jan 1478 - Peter Carolo of Florence, agent of So. de Paziis, in name of Walter Vrummonde [Drummond], clerk, Dunblane diocese, for annates of Priory of Inchmoqlbotinock [Inchmahome], Q.S.A. said diocese (�50 Stirling), to become void by deprivation, outwith Curia, of Prior Thomas Dog. Mandate of Commendation, Rome, 14 Kal. Jan. [19 Dec], anno 7. [left margin: see particular obligation made by So. de Paziis to one year of presentation of mandate for obligation of said principal.] 26, cxxiiij.
A Coat of Arms was held by Sir Thomas Dog, as described by Moray S. Mackay, "Doune Historical Notes," (Stirling: Forth Naturalist and Historian, 1953), p. 48: "What has been taken to be the oldest of the [Dog] stones [Old Kilmadock Graveyard], and the one on which the Christian name Thomas was deciphered fifty or more years ago, is shaped like a quadrangular coffin lid, the foot being narrower than the head. It shows a tall cross on a plinth of two steps with leaf-like ornament at the ends of the arms and at the top. To the viewer's right of the cross there is a long sword, pointing downward, with the guards of the hilt also pointing down. To the left, there is a dagger, less than half the length of the sword, with curved guards. The inscription round the edge of the stone is much worn, and has been the subject of many guesses in the past." -----------------------------------------------------------------------------
�The Lake of Menteith - Its Island and Vicinity with Historical Accounts of the Priory of Inchmahome and the Earldom of Menteith,� By A. F. Hutchison, M.A., Stirling: Eneas Mackay, 43 Murray Place.
PRIOR JOHN AND PRIOR THOMAS It is significant of the local disturbances that must have accompanied the fall of the Albanies, that the first notices of the monastery that occur thereafter point to disputes regarding the priorate. A Prior John was in office apparently about the middle of the fifteenth century. How long he held the position is not known; but he had to face a rival claimant for the Priory. This rival makes his first appearance - so far as is known to us - in the Muniments of the University of Glasgow, where he is noted as one of the persons who were incorporated with that University in the rectorship of Master William Arthurle, anno 1469 : - " Thomas prior insule Sancti Colmoci ordinis Sancti Augustini."1 But John claimed to be the rightful holder of the dignity. In the Stirling Protocol Book there is an entry, under date 6th of November, 1472, which informs us that in a Consistorial Court held in the Cathedral Church of Dunblane, George of Abirnethe, Provost of the Collegiate Church of Dumbertane, appeared as procurator for John, Prior of the monastery of Inchmahomok, anent certain sums due by the tenants of the said monastery and William of Bdmonstoune of Duntreth, asserted procurator of Sir Thomas Dog, Prior of the said monastery. Dene Thomas had thus the powerful backing of the Steward of the Lordship of Menteith, and appears for a time to have prevailed. Whether Prior John had died - as seems likely - or had been otherwise got rid of, there is no means of knowing; but the right of Prior Thomas seems to have been unchallenged for several years. His name appears as witness in Protocol entries of date 15th December, 1476; 27th October, 1477; and 19th December, 1477. On the 14th December, 1477, " Thomas, Prior of Inchmahome," presented John Edmonston, M.A., to the vicarage of the Parish Church of Luntrethyn, and on the same day he took instruments that William Edmonston of Duntreth had promised to defend the honour of the said Prior. This looks to trouble. The fact is, there was another claimant of the priorate in the person of Sir Alexander Ruch, who ultimately prevailed in the Ecclesiastical Courts, and the usurpation of Prior Thomas came to an end immediately after the Transactions referred to. PRIOR ALEXANDER. In an Act of the Lords of Council, dated 22nd March, 1478, they gave decree "in an action and cause persewit be Dene David Ruch, as procurator for Dene Alexander Euch, Prior of Inchmaquholmok," against Matthew Forester, burgess of Stirling, for wrongously intermitting with the teinds of Row. Forester, it seems, had got a lease of these teinds from Prior Thomas, but the Lords decided that the tack was of no avail to him, " because the Priory of Inchmaquhomock was opteinit and wounyn fra the said dene Thomas dog be twa sentence definitive in the Court of Some befor that he maid the said tak to the said Mathow." He was therefore ordered to restore the teinds, or the value of them, to the Prior or his procurator. After the right to the teinds of Row had been thus vindicated, it is satisfactory to learn that an amicable arrangement was come to between the litigants. Procurator David Ruch agreed to discharge all claims against Matthew Forester, and to let him the teinds on the same terms on which he had hold them from Sir Thomas Dog. Moreover, for the good deeds done to the Convent by the said Matthew, it was resolved to pay him the sum of forty marks - twenty in money, and the other twenty in the form of a grant of teinds free of rent for one year. This Prior Alexander is evidently the same as appears in the printed Fragments of Stirling Protocols as Sir Alexander Ruth - most probably from an error on the part of the transcriber. The forms of the letters c and t in the old writing are very easy to be mistaken, the one for the other. And Ruch (now spelled Hough) is a good Scotch name; whereas Ruth is, if not unknown, at least uncommon in Scotland. The reference in this Protocol entry is also to tithes belonging to the Priory. It is dated 29th April, 1479, and the abstract sets forth that " Mr John Ruth, vicar of Garreoch, and Sir David Ruth, monk of Dunfermlyne, procurator for Sir Alexander Ruth, Prior of the Isle of St. Colmoc, of Dunblane diocese, confessed them paid by Sir James Ogilvy of Ernby, knight, of the sum of �30 Scots, for lease of the tiend sheaves of the Parish Church of Leuchris, for two terms bypast and one term to come." Here Dene David again appears as procurator for the Prior, in conjunction with John Ruch, who had attained the degree of Master. We may conclude that in all likelihood they were brothers, or perhaps nephews, of Prior Alexander. In the sederunt of the Parliament which met on the 13th April, 1481,1 in order to concert measures for putting the country in a posture of defence against the " auld enemy," appears a Prior of Inchmahome (Priore de Inclimaquholmo), along with the Earl of Menteith. Considering the closeness of the date, this was most probably Prior Alexander. But as the name is not mentioned in the record, room is left for the possibility that it may have been his successor, whose name appears to have been David.
Papers of the Earls of Airlie, Tacks including Lands & Fishing in Banff. (National Archives of Scotland, GD16/28/1): Indenture made between David, prior of Inchmaquholmok, with consent of the chapter thereof, on the one part and Sir John of Ogilvy of Lunthrethin and Sir James Ogilvy, his son, knights, on the their part whereby said prior has set in tack to said Sir John and Sir James the parsonage of Lunthrethin with the fruits thereof for the space of 19 years and said Sir John and Sir James have set in tack to said prior the lands of Killintoy in the stewartry of Menteth, sheriffdom of Perth. Inchmaquholmok. Signatures: Dauid prior Insule sancti Colmo[lci], William of Aberden, sub-prior, sir James, sir Thomas Dog, sir Robert, sir Alexander Dog, sir Gilbert Buchquhannen, sir Patrick Mentetht, sir Andrew Rede. [Common seal of priory appended]. 3 Oct 1481.
Note: He is probably the Thomas Doge who attended the University of Oxford in 1413-21. Listed Guss
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