Around the times of my 1999 millennium talk, I broached the topic of the possible feudal overlords of the first Plants, pointing to the Blundeville earl of Chester or perhaps the early Lancastrians for example. By 2004, I had added an initial webpage to this site (updated subsequently) mentioning not least the Warren earls of Surrey who descended from Henry II's illegitimate half brother, Hamelyn. This related to just 3 or 4 coincident locations between the Warrens and early Plant records. However, even for these, alternative explanations are possible, such as..
In place of a few ambiguous coincident locations between the early Plants and the Warrens, the Longspee-Audley feudal line explains the location of essentially all of the early Plants as locations to be expected for followers of this noble line, which descends from an illegitimate son of Henry II. By 2015, the growing evidence had been aided by the development of steadily more information that had become available such as from leads on the web. This has led to a clarity that the Longspee-Audley hypothesis is far superior to the Warren one, with around 20 coincident locations between the Longspee-Audley lords and the available thirteenth- and fourteenth-century Plant records in England..