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Mary Shakespeare (Arden)

Birthplace: Wilmcote, Aston Conlowe, Warwickshire, England
Death: Died in Stratford, Greater London, UK
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Robert Arden and Mary Arden
Wife of John Shakespeare
Mother of Shakespeare, Died young; Joan Shakespeare; Margaret Shakespeare; WIlliam Shakespeare; Mary Hart and 7 others
Sister of Joan Arden; Agnes Arden; Joyce Arden; Margaret Webb; Thomas Arden and 4 others
Half sister of Margaret Shakespeare

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About Mary Shakespeare

Mother of William Shakespeare, Playwright.

Mary Arden, c. 1537-1608,

was the youngest daughter of Robert Arden (d. 1556/7) of Wilmcote, Warwickshire by his first wife, Mary Webb (1512-before 1550). 

Shortly after inheriting ten marks and a property called Asbyes upon her father’s death, Mary married John Shakespeare (d.1601).

Although she was the mother of William Shakespeare (1564-1616), little is known of Mary’s life in Stratford, besides her inheritance being sold during the 1570s to keep the family out of debt.

She had seven children besides William: Joan (b.1558), Margaret (1562-3), Gilbert (1566-1612), Joan (b.1569), Anne (1571-9), Richard (1574-1613), and Edmund (1580-1607).

Mary Arden Shakespeare was buried on September 9, 1608.

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Mary Shakespeare's Timeline

Wilmcote, Aston Conlowe, Warwickshire, England
Age 20
Stratford On Avon, Warwickshire, England
Age 20

His parents, John and Mary (Arden), were married about 1557; she was of the landed gentry, he a yeoman—a glover and commodities merchant. By 1568, John had risen through the ranks of town government and held the position of high bailiff, similar to mayor. William, the eldest son, was born in 1564, probably on April 23, several days before his baptism on April 26, 1564. .

September 1558
Age 21
Warwickshire, England, United Kingdom
Age 21
October 1562
Age 25
Warwickshire, England, United Kingdom
April 23, 1564
Age 27
April 23, 1564
Age 27
Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England
October 13, 1566
Age 29
Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England, United Kingdom
September 28, 1571
Age 34
Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England, United Kingdom