~ ~ A Guide to the Royal Players

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A Chronological Sampling of the

Earliest Records

with a Guide to the Royal Players

Edward I 1272 – 1307 known as Longshanks marched into Wales in 1282 and built a Ring of Castles along the Welsh border.  In 1296 he invaded Scotland and took the Stone of Scone to Westminster.  He was called the Hammer of the Scots, executed William Wallace in 1307, and died soon after.

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1301 HENRY LE GEE, Brampton, Nobottle Grove Hundred, Northamptonshire.

Edward II 1307 – 1327 continued the war with Scotland, but Robert Bruce beat his forces.  The barons rebelled against Hugh Dispenser’s influence, and in 1327 the king’s wife and her lover Roger Mortimer murdered Edward and crowned his son, Edward III.

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1317 Hugh de Courteneye and John de Stonore upon the complaint by Hugh de Audeley the younger that Thomas, abbot of Bokland, several of his fellow monks, and a list of nearly 30 others including WILLIAM GY, entered the free chace of Dartmore, Devon, hunted therein, without licence, and carried away his deer and assaulted his men and servants.

1327-1377 EDWARD III in 1333 campaigned in Scotland, began the Hundred Years’ War with France.  In 1346 15,000 English invaded Normandy, and then at the Battle of Neville’s Cross, the English captured King David II of Scotland, 1456 Battle of Poiters. Plague in 1346, 1361-2.

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1332-33 WILLIAM GEE and ROBERT GEE listed in the Subsidy Tax in Lincolnshire.

1363 ROBERT GY is placed in supervision of the repair of the King’s highway to the city of London.

1377 – 1399 RICHARD II Plantagenet, son of Edward, the Black Prince, who died before his father Edeward III.  John of Gaunt was his regent.  The Peasant’s revolt was in 1381, then waged two years of tyranny, and in 1399 disinherited Henry of Bolingbroke.

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1387 JOHN GY,with others to enquire and make restitution to Robert Parys of London, merchant for wines and other merchandise of his ship La Maire of London, which when bound from Bordeaux for London was by tempest driven upon the sand at le Blakedepe, her cargo and tackle being cast ashore in the counties of Essex, Suffolk and Norfolk, and seized by men of those parts, notwithstanding it was not wreck, as several of her crew escaped to land.

1399 – 1413 HENRY IV, known as Henry Bolingbroke, his father was John of Gaunt, the third son of Edward III.  He deposed then murdered Richard II.  Rebellions included 1400 by Baron le Despencer, 1400-1415 in Wales, Henry Hotspur Percy 1402-1408.

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1399 RICHARD GY, payntour, noted as a freeman of the City of York.

1403 – 1416 RICHARD GEE noted in the rolls of Nottingham.

1406 RICHARD GY noted in the London will of Richard Roos of Yorkshire.

1407 John Hone of Briggewater, alias of the county of Somerset, for not appearing to answer Adam Port touching a debt of 40s and to answer a plea that he render 32 marks to John Panes of Purygge, Richard Panes of Bristol, ROBERT GY, chaplain, and John Grauntcourt, executors of the will of John Panes of Wyke Somerset

1407 The sergeant at arms told to arrest over a dozen, including JOHN GY and bring them immediately before the king and council.

1408 JOHN GY noted as owning a tenement adjacent to St. Dunstan in le Est. London, near Porteslane,Tourstrete, and the cemetery.

1409 JOHN GEES, a Carmelite friar, is sent to Lismore and Waterford

1417 THOMAS GY was an archer under Humphrey, Duke of Gloucester to France.

1413 – 1422 HENRY V, Lancastrian in 1415, campaigned from Harfleur, to Calais, to Agincourt to Parish, nearly conquering France.  In 1421 he returned to France, and died.

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1415-22 ALEXANDER GEE was noted in records of Rothley, Leicestershire.

1425 WILLIAM GEYE yeoman archer was in the expedition to France.

1422 – 1471 HENRY VI, Lancastrian was an infant. John, Duke of Bedford, was regent. The later years of his reign were plagued with piracy, banditry, and corruption, then Henry lost all possessions in France, suffered a mental breakdown and after rebellion, ending in the Battle of Tewkesbury in 1471, where the heir, Edward, was killed, Henry was deposed and died.

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1427 JOHN GY of Plymmouth, Co Devon, “shipman” sanctioned for not appearing before the justices of the Bench of Henry V to answer David Bacheler of the county of Cornwall, touching a plea of debt of 40s.

1456 JEE, Senior is noted in the Black Book of Lincoln’s Inn, London for his second service at Christmas.

1461-1470, 1471-1483 EDWARD IV was the first Yorkist king.  He restored law and order.

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1462 THOMAS GEE, cleric of Hasington, Norfolk

1471 THOMAS GEE and Agnes received an indulgence from Sylvester, proctor, Order of the Minors.

1483 – 1485 RICHARD III usurped the throne, and was killed in 1485 at Bosworth Field.  He was the last Yorkist king and the last of the Plantagenents.  Henry Tudor, 2nd Earl of Ricmond deposed him and married Elizabeth of York, ending the War of the Roses.

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1483 JOHN GY, was a member of Corpus Christi Guild, City of York.

1485 Will of WILLIAM GEE, draper of London is filed noting home in Norfolk.

1485 – 1509 Henry VII   Henry Tudor married Elizabeth of York and so ended the War of the Roses.  The material wealth of the country increased greatly.



1486 WILLIAM GEE, yeoman, late of Lymington Hastings, Warwickshire

1487 HENRY GEE, commission to oversee protectors of fisheries Norfolk and Suffolk

1494 ROBERT JEE records of Corpus Christi Guild, Leicester, Leicestershire

1494 ALEXANDER GEE, son of ROBERT GEE, son of DICON GEE, Cheshire

1494 RALPH GEE of Gravesend, Kent, will

1495 ROBERT GEE of Southwold, Suffolk, noted as Freeman, City of York, Yorkshire

1495 heirs of THOMAS GEES, Leicester, Leicesterhire (1458 Thomas Joe)

1496 ARNOLD GEE, escheater of Nottinghamshire

1505 RICHARD GEE, executor will in Lymington Hastings, Warwickshire

1507 WILLIAM GEE, ordained in Cheshire

1509 will of JOHN GEE of Peterborough, Northamptonshire.

1509 CHARLES GEE, Glossop and Mellor, Derbyshire, Frank Pledge

1509-1547 Henry VIII was 18 when crowned.  The Dissolution of the Monasteries began in 1536, and Henry used the money he gained from their assets to found the navy.  He created the Church of England, and there was religious upheaval.

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1515 SIR HEWE GEE, Stamford, Lincolnshire, clerk

1517 CHARLES GEE, priest, Manchester, Lancashire

1517 JOHN JEE, deed Gressenhale, Norfolk

1519 ROBERT GEE was a tenant at Lydgate, Derbyshire

1523 CORNESIO GEE noted in Leicestershire

1524 ROBERT GEE, Fawlsey, Fawlsey Hundred, Northamptonshire

1524 J (?) GEE, Bradden, Norton Hundred, Northamptonshire

1524 HENRY GEE, Manchester Parish, Stretford, Lancashire

1524 THOMAS GEE, Manchester Parish, Stretford, Lancashire

1524 WILLIAM GEE born to HENRY GEE, Leicestershire

1525 SIR ROBERT GEE, curate at Spalding, Linconlnshire

1525 JAMES GEE Gedling, Nottinghamshire

1527 the will of THOMAS GEE of Eynesbury, Huntingdonshire

1527 HENRY GEE, Sheriff of Chester, Cheshire

1529 the will of ROGER GEE of Eynesbury, Huntingdonshire

1530 the will of THOMAS GEE of Byrthorpe, Lincolnshire

1532 HENRY GEE, a visitor to Bishop Fisher at the time of his arrest

1532 ROGER GEE noted in Monton (Manton) Rutland

1533 JAMES GEE Manchester, Lancashire

1543 JOHN GEE’S WIDOW and WILLIAM GEE, Manchester Parish, Lancashire

1539 THOMAS GEE bowman without horse, Farysley, Staffordshire

1544-55 RICHARD GEE, clerk of Gravenes (Gravenhurst)

1545 CHARLES GEE, HENRY GEE and JOHN GEE, laborers at Wernet (Werneth):

1546 THOMAS GEE, tenant of a messuage All Saints’ parish, Worcester.

1547 – 1553 Edward VI   He was a sickly boy but the Book of Common Prayer and uniformity of worship turned England into a Protestant State.

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1548 will of SIR ROBERT GEE, buried at Tydd, Lincolnshire.

1547-57 the will of WILLIAM GEE of Lilbourne, Northamptonshire

1545-57 the will of RICHARD GEE of Chipping Warden, Northamptonshire

1545-57 the will of THOMAS GEE of Byfield, Northamptonshire

1553 – 1558 Mary I   Bloody Mary was Catholic and the country endured a blood bath as she used burning at the stake to convert England back to Catholicism.  Some fled to Protestant Europe.

Mary I


1556 THOMAS GEE member of the Stationer’s guild, London d. 1560

1558 – 1603 Elizabeth I   Very popular, learned and wise, she chose very capable advisors who led England into the most glorious time in English history, which included the first Virginia colony.

elizabeth I


From Blois on January18, 1559 is this: The Cardinal of Medun and M. GEE are dead. The Duke of Guise’s son was not christened till yesterday; his godfathers were the King and Duke of Anjou, and his godmother was Madame Margaret, the King’s youngest sister.

It is under the reign of Elizabeth that the records become richer, with parish recordings of marriages, births and deaths.

James I

1603-1625 James I   An able theologian, he ordered a new translation of the Bible which became known as the Authorised King James’s Version of the Bible.  He was the son of Mary, Queen of Scots.

Charles I

1625-1649   Charles I   He believed he ruled by Divine Right. Controversy and disputes dogged Charles throughout his reign. This eventually led to civil wars, first with the Presbyterian Scots from 1637 and later the Puritan Merchant Class in England (1642-46 and 1648). He was beheaded.


1653-1659 Interregnum   Oliver Cromwell became Lord Protector.  Cromwell’s convincing military successes forced Charles II into foreign exile. Religious intolerance prevailed.

charles II

1660-1685 Charles II   Charles pursued a policy of political tolerance and power-sharing.  The Great Plague in 1665 and the Great Fire of London in 1666 occurred during his reign.


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