Judith Quiney, (twin)

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Judith Quiney (Shakespeare), (twin)

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

Daughter of WIlliam Shakespeare and Anne Shakespeare
Wife of Thomas Quiney, Sr.
Mother of Shakespeare Quiney; Richard Quiney and Thomas Quiney, Jr.
Sister of Susanna Hall and Hamnet Shakespeare, (twin)

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About Judith Quiney, (twin)


Anne and William's younger daughter, Judith, the youngest of the Bard's children was betrothed to Richard Quiney. Anne and William would have initially approved of the betrothal of Judith and Thomas as Quiney came from a good family. In view of the changes in his family's circumstances, and his own advancing years and possibly declining health, William Shakepeare prudently drafts his will on January 25th 1616, a few days before Judith and Quiney's marriage. Judith married Thomas Quiney, a vintner and tavern owner from Stratford, on February 10th 1616. Judith was 31 and Thomas Quiney was 27 years of age. The initial approval of the marriage quickly changed with the scandalous news that Thomas Quiney had made another girl pregnant. Anne must have been desperately worried about Judith. The scandal would have spread through Stratford. It then appeared that Quiney did not receive the special licence necessary for a wedding during lent before his marriage. The situation was really serious and on  March 12th Judith and Thomas were excommunicated. William must have been mortified with the turn of events. He summoned his lawyer and promptly modifies and signs his will on March 25th 1616.  The modification of the will was to ensure that Judith would receive a sum of money (£300) inherited in her own name. Shakespeare leaves the bulk of his fortune to his daughter, Susanna. On March 26th Quiney was prosecuted for 'carnal copulation' with a woman named Margaret Wheeler, who had died in childbirth that month along with her baby by Quiney. He confessed and was sentenced to perform public penance. His penalty, however, was commuted to a small fine of five shillings and private penance.(1)

  1. http://www.william-shakespeare.info/william-shakespeare-children-and-grandchildren.htm
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Judith Quiney, (twin)'s Timeline

February 2, 1585
Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England
February 2, 1585
Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England

Hamnet and Judith, William and Anne Shakespeare’s second and third children, were baptized on the same day, February 2, 1585, according to the Holy Trinity Church parish register. Similar to the other Shakespeare family parish register entries, an “X” was added by a later hand to highlight its significance. However, it is no longer visible due to rebinding. The entry does not actually describe Hamnet and Judith as twins but the twenty-month interval between their elder sibling’s baptism and their own must surely indicate that they were.


November 23, 1616
Age 31
Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England, United Kingdom
February 9, 1618
Age 33
January 23, 1620
Age 34
Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England
February 9, 1662
Age 77
Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England
February 9, 1662
Age 77
Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England

Judith Quiney, Anne and William Shakespeare's younger daughter, was buried on February 9, 1662, according to the Holy Trinity Church parish register. Next to the entry, an “X” added by a later hand highlights its significance. She was 77 years old. Her precise date of death is not known, as her gravestone does not survive.

The recorder showed respect for Judith’s social status by describing her as the “uxor,” wife, of Thomas Quiney, gentleman. This would imply that Thomas was still alive although no record has yet come to light as to his place of burial.