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Mary Shakespeare (Arden)

Birthplace: Wilmcote, Aston Conlowe, Warwickshire, England
Death: before September 09, 1608
Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England (United Kingdom)
Place of Burial: Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Robert Arden, of Wilmcote and Lady Mary Agnes Arden
Wife of John Shakespeare
Mother of Joan Shakespeare; Margaret Shakespeare; William Shakespeare; Gilbert Shakespeare; Anne Shakespeare and 9 others
Sister of Lady Joan Lambert; Joyce Arden; Agnes Arden; Margaret Webb; Thomas Arden and 3 others

Occupation: tenant farmer
Managed by: Henn Sarv
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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

Aston Conlowe, Warwickshire, England
September 15, 1558
Warwickshire, England
December 2, 1562
Warwickshire, England
April 23, 1564
Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England
October 13, 1566
Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England
April 15, 1569
Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England