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1/14/1341, John born in Chelsworth, England, heir & s/o 15211312. Richard de Plaiz & 15211313. Margaret de St. Philibert.
~1343, Margaret born in England, d/o 15211314. Walter de Norwich & 15211315. Margaret de Haudlo.
Aft. 1346, Margaret’s father died. [Based on minority of her brother John.]
~1350, Joan born in England, d/o 15211314ii. Miles de Stapleton & 15211315ii. Joan Ingham. [No children.]
10/18/1359, John in of 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.
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.
John married Margaret.
Margaret died before her mother. [Likely in childbirth.]
Bef. 10/14/1363, John married 2nd Joan.
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.
11/10/1363, John de Playce, ‘chivaler,’ going beyond the seas with the king … of the church of All Saints, Wetyng … (S) CPRs.
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.
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.
1373, Sir John de Norwich [Margaret’s brother] 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 Topographical History of the County of Norfolk, V8.
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.]
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.”
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.
3/5/1382, Licence for 866£ 13s 4d paid to the king by John Plays, Robert Howard and Roger de Boys, knights, … to transfer a chantry … founded at Ravenyingham, to Metyngham castle … one of whom … celebrating divine service in the chapel of the castle of the souls of John de Norwico, knight, his ancestors and the first founders of the chantry, … (S) CPRs.
5/22/1382, Commission of oyer … and John Plays, on complaint by the king’s uncle, John, duke of Lancaster, … (S) CPRs.
1383, John presented at Walcot.
1385, Joan died; buried in the priory of Ingham.
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.
1386, John’s name in the list of knights who accompanied John of Gaunt in his 2nd expedition to Castille.
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.
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 History of the County of Essex, V4, Ongar Hundred, 1956.
(S) Magna Carta Ancestry, P436. (S) The History of an East Anglian Soke, Hood, 1918, P34. (S) History and Antiquities of Suffolk, Thingoe Hundred, 1838, P43. (S) Essay towards a Topographical History of the County of Norfolk, 1808, P133.
Children of John and Margaret:
i. Margaret de Plaiz (3802829), born 1362-63 in