About Edmund Shakespeare
He was the son of John Shakespeare and Mary Arden and thus the youngest brother of the playwright William Shakespeare. He followed William to London to become an actor. While an actor, he had an affair with an unknown woman, though there is no evidence it was around 1600, and fathered a son, Edward Shakespeare, in one record noted wrongly as Edmund Sharksbye. He died in 1607, at the age of 27, four months after that baby boy, and in the same year Susanna Shakespeare was married, William's daughter, and 20 shillings was paid for his burial (possibly by William) at St Saviour's in Southwark "with a forenoone knell of the great bell".