Plescy of Shropshire
Sir John de Plescy [a], Earl of Warwick, b abt 1212, d 25 Feb 1262/63. He md  Christian de Sanford abt 1234, daughter of Hugh de Sanford and Joan de Noers; and  Margaret, Countess of Warwick, 1243. Christian de Sanford was b abt 1218, of North Moreton, Berkshire, England, d bef 25 Dec 1242.
Child of John de Plescy and Christian de Sanford was:
Sir Hugh de Plescy [b] b abt 1237/38, of Stottesden, Shropshire, England, d bef 7 Jul 1292. He md  Isabel Biset bef Oct 1249, daughter of John Biset and Alice Basset; and  Joan de Hoyvill bef Jan 1278/79.
This surname is also seen as du Plessis and de Plessetis (the latin form).
a. By his second marriage to Margaret, Countess of Warwick, widow of John Marshal, he was granted the third penny of the co. of Warwick, from which it would appear that he was acknowledged as Earl of Warwick, although he was not known by this title until Aug of 1247. He served in the Welsh campaign in 1228, and after 1230, appears to have attained a position of favour at Court, which he retained until his death. He was sheriff of Oxfordshire 1239-40, and was in close attendance on the King during the campaign in Gascony, May 1242 to Aug 1243. He was Constable of the Tower 13 Jun 1344, and Justice in eyre at the Tower of London Sep and Oct 1251. He took the cross in 1252, and in Aug of 1253, sailed with the King for Gascony. By 1255 he was an active member of the Council, and was chosen by the King as one of his representatives on the comittee of nominees of the Crown and the Barons, who were to draw up the reforms known later as the Provisions of Oxford. In Jul 1261 he was Sheriff of co.s Warwick and Leicester. His first wife was Christian, widow of William de Sidenham, and first daughter and coheir of Hugh de Sanford, by Joan, daughter and heir of Hugh de Noers. She died probably before 25 Dec 1242. He had no children by his second marriage to Margaret, and upon his death the earldom of Warwick passed to Margaret's cousin of the half-blood, William Mauduit.
b. He was aged 24-26 at his father's death. In Jul 1273, he went to France to meet King Edward on his return from the Holy Land, and was summoned for service in Wales in 1277 and 1282. He was a benefactor of Sandford Abbey and the hospitals of St. John and St. Bartholomew in Oxfordshire. He was married firstly, as a child, before Oct 1249, to Isabel, third and youngest daughter and coheir of John Biset, by his wife Alice Basset. By this marriage he obtained the manor of Headington and property in Wich Malbank, Cheshire. The date of Isabel's death is uncertain, but he married secondly, in or before Jan 1278/79, Joan, widow of John de Soleham, daughter of Hugh de Hoyvill. Hugh died shortly before 7 Jul 1292.
c. Daughter by her father's first wife, she was given Stottesden by her father; she married John, Lord Segrave.
CP: Vol X[545-549], Vol XII/2[366-367]; AR: Line 58.
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