About Robert Arden, of Wilmcote
Notes for ROBERT ARDEN
The Arden Clan came from Warwickshire, England, including some in Wilmcote.
More About ROBERT ARDEN Christening Near Stratford on Avon Military service Yoeman in the service to King Henry VI I of England
Facts on the Shakespeare, Arden and Webb families were taken from William Shakespeare A Bio graphy by A. L. Rowse 1963. This biography confirms that the Arden family was a well known and large family in Wilmcote a nd that John Shakespeare was a ner do well who was oftened fined for not showing up for doi ng his duty as baliff or alderman, or mayor, and who vouched for other people s debts as wel l as accumulating his own and so lost all his money and standing in the community. Even whe n William began to make money, debt plagued his father for the rest of his life. John Shakesp eare could not read or write, but had aspirations to be a nobleman and applied to the Herald s College for a grant of a Coat of Arms. This grant was not accepted & put through until aft er John s death, when William pursued the matter. The Coat and crest were granted on Octobe r 20, 1596