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Edmund Shakespeare

Birthplace: Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England
Death: before December 31, 1607
London, England
Place of Burial: Southwark, Greater London, England
Immediate Family:

Son of John Shakespeare and Mary Shakespeare
Father of Edward Shakespeare and Edmund Shakespeare
Brother of Joan Shakespeare; Margaret Shakespeare; William Shakespeare; Gilbert Shakespeare; Anne Shakespeare and 4 others
Half brother of Joan Hart

Occupation: Actor, actor
Managed by: Henn Sarv
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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".

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Edmund Shakespeare's Timeline

May 3, 1580
Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England
May 3, 1580
Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England

Edmund Shakespeare, John and Mary Shakespeare’s eighth child, was baptized on May 3, 1580, according to the Holy Trinity Church parish register. Next to the entry, an “X” added by a later hand highlights its significance.


Age 19
December 31, 1607
Age 27
London, England
December 31, 1607
Age 27
Southwark, Greater London, England