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John Shakespeare

Birthplace: Snitterfield, Warwickshire, England
Death: Died in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England
Place of Burial: Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England
Immediate Family:

Son of Richard Shakespeare and Abigail Shakespeare
Husband of Mary Shakespeare
Father of NN Shakespeare, Died young; Joan Shakespeare; Margaret Shakespeare; WIlliam Shakespeare; Mary Hart and 8 others
Brother of Anna Shakespeare; Henry Shakespeare; Thomas Shakespeare; Matthew Shakespeare; Robert Shakespeare and 2 others

Occupation: glover
Managed by: Keith
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About John Shakespeare

John Shakespeare (c. 1531 – 7 September 1601) was the father of William Shakespeare. He was the son of Richard Shakespeare of Snitterfield, a farmer. He moved to Stratford-upon-Avon and married Mary Arden, with whom he had eight children, five of whom survived into adulthood. He was a well-to-do glover and whittawer (leather worker) by trade, a dealer in hides and wool, and was elected to several municipal offices, serving as an alderman and culminating in a term as bailiff, the chief magistrate of the town council, before he fell on hard times for reasons unknown to historians.

His fortunes later revived after the success of his son, and he was granted a coat of arms five years before his death, probably at the instigation and expense of his playwright son, entitling him to use the honorific "gentleman", conventionally designated by the title "Master" or its abbreviations "Mr." or "M." prefixed to his surname.

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John Shakespeare's Timeline

March 10, 1537
Snitterfield, Warwickshire, England
June 17, 1556
Age 19
September 15, 1558
Age 21
Warwickshire, England
Age 20
Age 22
December 2, 1562
Age 25
Warwickshire, England