1/14/1341, John de Plays born in Chelsworth, Suffolk, England, heir & s/o 15211312. Richard de Plaiz & 15211313. Margaret de St. Philibert.
1348, The Black Death entered the west countryside of England [likely entering through Bristol].
1350, Joan born in England, d/o 15211314. Lord Miles de Stapleton & 15211315. Joan de Ingham.
10/1359, King Edward, sailing from Sandwich to Calais with 1,100 ships, invaded France.
10/18/1359, John in John Gaunt’s forces in the French expedition of King Edward. After taking Saint-Florentin and Tonnerre, they stopped short of Paris, where King Edward signed the Peace of Bretigny.
1359, John’s father died overseas.
1359, John age 18 heir to his father.
[––John & Margaret––]
By 1359, John married Margaret d/o Walter de Norwich & Margaret de Haudlo. [No children.]
1/4/1360, IPM of Richard de Plays, knight. Cambridge: Foulmere. The manor … He died on Wednesday before All Saints last. John de Plays his son, aged 18 years, is his heir. … the said Richard, long before his death, granted to John de Plays and Margaret, daughter of Walter de Norwyco, now wife of the said John, and the heirs of their bodies, by service of 10 marks yearly to him during his life and a penny yearly to his heirs after his death: the said wood he gave to the same John and Margaret for their lives by service of a rose yearly. (S) CIsPM. [Over 23 knights’ fees.]
1360, John’s mother died.
10/10/1361, Grant to Queen Philippa of the wardship of the lands and marriage of the heir of Richard Playce. (S) CPRs.
1/14/1363, Writ for proof of age of John de Playce (Plaiz, Plays) son and heir of Richard de Playce (Plaiz): Suffolk: Ralph de Hecham, aged 50 years, says that the said John was born at Chellisworth and baptized in the font of the church of All Saints there on the morrow of St. Hilary, 16 Edward III, and was 21 years of age on Sunday the morrow of St. Hilary last. … (S) CIsPM.
11/10/1363, John de Playce, ‘chivaler,’ going beyond the seas with the king … (S) CPRs.
Margaret died before her mother and her brother John. (S) See Family notes.
7/1/1364, Grant by John Plays knight Lord of the manor of Weeting to William Smeethe clerk of messuages, lands and tenements called Smeethys, … (S) UKNA.
6/6/1374, John granted the premises, and all other his lands &c. in the county of Suffolk, to John Playce, Robert Howard and Roger Boys, knights, … he put them in full seisin thereof by his own hands … [he also enfeoffed the same persons with most of his lands in Norfolk]. (S) IPM of John de Norwico, Knight, in Suffolk. [John de Norwico died the following Christmas.]
1365, Joan inherited her fathers estates: John de Bois, cousin of Sir Miles Stapleton, and John Charman, parson of System, confirmed to Sir John de Playz, and Joan, his wife, and the heirs of their body, the lordship of Knapton and other places.
[––John & Joan––]
~1365, John married Joan.
6/25/1370, … Witnessed by John Seynloo, John Plays, John Mermyon chrs and others, at Plympton … (S) UKNA.
1371, William Smethe presented as rector of Knapton by Sir John de Plays.
3/27/1372, Sir John Playz presented William Moill, on the resignation of Smethe, to the church of St. Mary at Weting.
1372-6, Sir John mentioned multiple times in the register of John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster.
3/28/1373, John had a letter of protection to travel with John of Gaunt.
6/12/1373, John of Gaunt, appointed Captain-Gerneral in France, led an expedition into France. John lost many soldiers in the mountains of Auvergne; and most of Guienne and Gascony were lost to the French, but he held the lands from Bordeaux to Bayonne, and Calais.
Bef. 12/1374, Sir John de Norwich [last in line of the family], passed ownership of the manor of Ling over in his trust to Sir John de Plays, Sir Robert Howard, and Sir Roger Boys. [John de Norwich died at this time; his heir Katharine de Brews, a descendent of his grand-uncle Thomas de Norwich.]
1373, Sir John de Norwich conveyed a charter of free warren in Clavering to his feoffees, Sir John de Plays, &c. to settle it on his college of Mettingham in Suffolk. (S) Essay towards a Topo. Hist. of the Co. of Norfolk, V8.
1375, Thomas Wombe, receiver in Norfolk and Suffolk, is bidden to send two letters of “monseigneur, l'une a monsire Johan Plays, et l'autre a Henry Rose.”
6/21/1377, Richard II, age 10, son of the Black Prince, succeeded Edward III as King of England.
7/6/1377, Commission to John Plays, … appointing them keepers of Herewych, … with full power to see that all men of that place … are suitable armed and arrayed … (S) CPRs.
2/14/1379, Inspeximus and confirmation, in favor of John Playz, kinsman and one of the heirs of Richard de Muntfichet, … grant in fee simple to the said Richard of free warren in his demesne land in the counties of Essex, Hertford, Cambridge and Buckingham, a weekly market on Thursdays, and a yearly fair … at his manor of Acle, co. Essex. (S) CPRs. [Richard Montfitchete’s daughter Philippa was the 1st wife of Sir Hugh de Plays.]
3/6/1379, An acknowledgment that Sir John lent King Richard II £20 towards his wars.
4/1/1379, John Playce, of the county of Essex, knight – 20 marks. [Enrollment of the loan.] (S) CPRs.
1380-4, John Plays, knight, kinsman and heir of Aveline, who was the wife of Edmund, brother of King Edward I, states that Aveline was seised in her demesne as in fee of the manors of Langley and Wraysbury, which are held of the king in chief by knight service, and died seised of them without an heir of her body, as the heir, Ralph son of Richard de Plays, was under age. The right has descended … Aveline [de Forz], wife of Edmund Crouchback; …; Philippa [de Plays], sister of Aveline (the elder); Richard de Plays; Ralph [de Plays], son of Richard de Plays; Giles [de Plays], brother of Ralph de Plays; Richard [de Plays], son of Giles de Plays; Richard [de Plays], son of Richard de Plays … (S) UKNA.
5/22/1382, Commission of oyer … and John Plays, on complaint by the king’s uncle, John, duke of Lancaster, … (S) CPRs.
7/5/1382, Licence, for £866 13s 4d paid … by John Plays, Robert Howard, and Roger de Boys, knights, … for them to transfer a chantry of 8 chaplains, lately founded at Ravenyngham, to Metyngham castle and to increase the number of chaplains to 13, … for the souls of John de Norwico, knight, … (S) CPRs.
1383, John presented at Walcot.
5/24/1385, 1. Edmund de Thorpe, kt. 2. John Plays, kt, Robert Howard, kt, Roger Boys, kt. Licence to alienate manor of Mellis and lands in Wenhaston to chantry of Mettingham Castle. Reciting transfer to Mettingham Castle chantry … (S) UKNA.
1383, John presented at Eggemere.
1385, John wrote his will: legatees his wife Joan an executor, Sir William Beuchamp, Sir John Marmion, son John Howard.
9/2/1385, Joan died, buried in the priory of Ingham, Norfolk.
1386, John’s name in the list of knights who accompanied John of Gaunt in his 2nd expedition to Castille.
7/1386, John of Gaunt left England with a force to win the Spanish crown, landing at Corunna. John then conquered Galica and Compostela.
1387, John of Gaunt invaded Castile with little success.
8/6/1387, Grant at the supplication of John Plays, Robert Howard and Roger de Boys, knights [to move the site of the proposed chantry which had not be started] to Norton Soupecors. (S) CPRs.
11/6/1387, 1. Edmund de Thorpe, kt. 2. John Plays, kt, Robert Howard, kt, Roger Boys, kt. … Licence to alienate … transferring Rauenyngham chantry to parish church of Norton Soupecors … (S) UKNA.
6/2/1389, John, 5th Lord Plaiz of Tofte in Norfolk died leaving as his heir his daughter Margaret, wife of Sir John Howard; buried in the priory of Bromehill in Wetyng. (S) A Hist. of the Co. of Essex, V4, Ongar Hundred, 1956.
6/6/1389, Writ for IPM of John Plaiz, knight, in the counties of Essex, Cambridge, Norfolk and Suffolk. (S) CFRs.
(S) Magna Carta Ancestry, P436. (S) The History of an East Anglian Soke, Hood, 1918, P34. (S) Hist. & Antiq’s of Suffolk, Thingoe Hundred, 1838, P43. (S) Essay towards a Topo. Hist. of the Co. of Norfolk, 1808, P133.
· Margaret de Norwich died before her brother.
· IPM of Margaret’s brother: 2/24/1375, IPM of John de Norwico (b.1352), knight. Suffolk: He died about Christmas last. … Dalynghoo. The reversion of the manor, held for life of his inheritance by Margaret his mother, late the wife of Walter de Norwyco, knight. … Norfolk: … Katharine de Brews (b.1343), his kinswoman, aged 32 years and more, is his heir. … The said Katharine was daughter of Thomas de Norwich, who was son of Walter de Norwich (2498694), knight, and brother of John de Norwich, knight, the deceased’s grandfather. … (S) CIsPM. [Katherine heiress by fine in the king’s court.]
· Margaret’s mother: 2/14/1396, Order to escheator in the county of Suffolk, … shewing that Margaret [de Haudlo] late the wife of Walter de Norwich s/o John, s/o Walter (2498694), knight, held for life the manor of Bradfeld, co. Suffolk, … of the gift … by John de Norwico, knight, deceased, … with reversion to the said John and his heirs, and that Walter died without issue by Margaret, … the manor ought to revert to Robert de Wilughby, 'chivaler,' son of Cecily (15211369) the daughter of Margaret (1249347), sister of the said John, Robert de Scales, 'chivaler,' son of Roger the son of Katharine (2955075) the daughter of the said Margaret (1249347) sister of John, and William de Ferrers of Groby, ' chivaler,' son of Henry (312336) the son of Margaret (624673) the daughter of the same Margaret (1249347) sister of John, as kinsmen and heirs of the said John, all of whom are of full age,—to take the fealties of the said heirs, make a partition of the manor into 3 equal parts. (S) CFRs..
Child of John and Joan:
i. Margaret de Plaiz (3802829), born ~1368 in England.
6/26/1389, Order to escheator in the county of Essex, to cause John Howard, 'chivaler,' and Margaret, his wife, daughter and heir of John Plays, 'chivaler,' to have full seisin of all the lands which the said John Plays held on the day of his death ; as the king has taken the homage and fealty due from John Howard by reason of his having issue by Margaret. (S) CFRs. [Married (738768).]