Manchester University runs "The Lexis of Cloth and Clothing Project" which
Searchable Lemmata: pleyn (AF), plaine (ME), plain (AF), plain (OScots), plain (MdE).
Alternate Forms: playn, playne, playnes, pleyn.
Definitions and Defining Citations:
1(adj.) Other; plain: unadorned fabric or garment without decoration. With reference to
armour or clothing: plain, unadorned, simple; unembellished; without padding. Also, used
to describe cloth that is plain woven, not twill, without embroidery or pattern, etc. Cf.
plain-werk.(ante 1300 still in current use)
1. planetam: pleyn (D) pal (T) pal hairunner (A) / casulam: chape close (CO) cap et pal
close (A) cape close (D) chap close (L) pal vel cape cloce (T) ... reculas: de beubelés,
beubelés vel jueus, beubloss [sic] , bebielés ... birri: cherouns ... levitonaria:
escapeloris, heykis, ekies, heykes, scapoloris, happruns ... armilausas: espaulers,
apaulers ... galearia: garland de or (var. chapeus de feutre) Gloss. [AND TLL (ii 50)
2.  ... Une Nouche dor ove iij greyns des Esmeraudes et noef perles ... j plate
dargent pur espices ove le pee ove escuchouns des divers armes, et ij autres plates
playnes dargent ...  ... iiij peire de alettes desarmes le Counte de Hereford. ... j
quintepoint de Hoylaund. Wills. [MED Will de Bohun in Archaeol.J.2 (348-349) 1322]
3. Item, x auter clothis of playne and napery; Item, xviii towelles playne and diaperid
... Item, ii copis, i chesepill, ii tunyclis with other ornamentes of blew veluet ... i
white tynacle of fustian, i white cloth for the high auter Accounts. [MED Doc.in HMC Rep.3
App. (316.A) 1447]
4. Item ij chalons, reed and plonket; þe red with okyn leves yn, þe plonket with rede rose
þeryn. ... Þe bed of red worstede with þe hole sile of þe largest assise ... Y wul and
ordeyne þat Elizabeth my wief have an halle and docer and ij costours steyned with þe sege
of Troye ... iij cortyns ... ij playn and þe þridde striped with plonket riban Wills.
(citations from individual page of text may not appear in original order) [MED
Reg.Chichele in Cant.Yk.S.42 ((Lamb 69) 46) 1415]
5.  ... It'm i pane paled wt menuer and red gray ...  ... Y will and ordeyne
þt Elizabeth my wief haue an auterchoith of gold, reed, and blanc, wt silour of reede and
blew taffata ... Item, a playn sanap of viij 3erds long Wills. (citations from individual
page of text may not appear in original order) [MED Will in Bdf.HRS 2 (24-26) 1415]
6. Paide For twey newe borde cloþes playne ix s. iiij d. Accounts. [MED Acc.Bk.Carpenter
Co. (2) 1438]
7. Mantels sal þai haue certayne, In winter dubil, in somer playne Ecclesiastic/Regula.
[MED Ben.Rule(2) ((Vsp A.25) 201) ante 1450]
AF, ME, MdE, OScots; Primarily N/A.
Sex: N/A Use: n/a Status: n/a Rank: n/a Ceremonial: No
Definite, AF plain, plein/OF playne, pleyn. The OED adds, 'In French the two words
plain open and plein full (see plain adj.2) have been confused since the Old French
period. Likewise, in English this word is sometimes confused with plain adj.2 (compare
sense 2b)' [s.v. 'plain, adj.1'].
There is a similar reference to playnes as being a fabric in "Anno. Xiiij. Reginae
Elizabethe: At the Parliament Begunne and Holden at Westminster the Eyght of May, in The.
Xiiij. Yere of the Raigne of Our Most Gratious Soueraigne Lady Elizabeth, by the Grace of
God, of Englande, Fraunce, and Irelande, Queene, Defendour of the Fayth. &c. and There
Continued Vntyll the Last of June Folowyng. To the Hygh Pleasure of Almightie God, and the
Weale Publique of this Realme, Were Enacted as Foloweth" Google Books
"page" Cap xii
From: Brian Randell [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: 10 February 2019 23:06
To: Jonathan Frayne
Subject: [DEV] Re: Port Book Transcripts - Barnstaple, Bideford, Appledore
Hi Jonathan, and Everyone
On 10 Feb 2019, at 16:42, Jonathan Frayne
Wouldn’t northern playnes be the tree, or at least the wood from them?
That’s a possibility, I suppose.
Meanwhile, everyone, here are some queries from David Carter arising out of his
transcribing a further Port Book:
Cloeboards – seem to be coming from Ireland along with barrel staves, etc.
Corr fish – I see this a lot, never quite sure what Corr means.
Northern playnes - unclear, presumably a type of fabric.
Ouldrons - unclear, probably a cloth or canvas from Oleron in France.
Tarr small band, and Tarr big/large band – this is the first time I have seen this, but I
have found it mentioned in Port books for other places, so it’s not just me!
Threed poyntz – needles?
Vandelowe canvas – obviously a canvas from Vandelowe, but where is that?
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