Who were William Shakespeare's siblings?
Following are the names and baptism dates of William and his
siblings, born to Mary and John Shakespeare. Actual birth dates
were not recorded in that era, but the Book Of Common Prayer stated
that it was required that a child be baptised on the nearest Holy
Day (Sunday) following the birth.
Some historians say that babies were baptised 3 days after their
birth. The baptism date of the second sister named Joan, who died
at the remarkable (for that era) age of 77, is not known.
Joan - 15th September, 1558 -- Only survived two
Margaret - 2nd December, 1562 -- Died one year
William - 26th April, 1564 -- Died 1616, aged
Gilbert - 13th October, 1566 -- Died 1612 aged
Joan - 1569 -- Died 1646, aged 77
Anne - 28th September, 1571 -- Died 1579 aged
Richard - 11th March, 1574 -- Died 1613 aged
Edmund - 3rd May, 1580 -- Died 1607 aged 27
His two older sisters, Joan and Margaret, died in infancy, and a
younger sister Anne died of bubonic plague aged only 7.
The surviving sister, who was also called Joan and was 5 years
younger than Will, married a hatter called William Hart and they
had 2 children, one of whom was also called William. William Hart
Jr. followed his uncle into the acting profession, and was a member
of The Kings Men acting company in London for some time.
William Hart Snr. died just a week before Will Shakespeare
Joan survived her brother William by 30 years- he provided well
for her in his legacy, and she remained living in Henley St.,
Stratford-on-Avon until her death aged 77.
The brothers were called Gilbert, Richard and Edmund- Gilbert
became a haberdasher and moved to London to be near his brother
William, where he enjoyed a commission to supply fabrics to The
Kings Men, as well as to the nobility. He and William were very
close- Gilbert never married, and died four years earlier than his
famous brother, in 1612 at the age of only 46.
Little is known about Richard- he was ten years younger than
Will and died the year after Gilbert, aged just 39. Like Gilbert,
he never married, and is thought to have become a partner in the
family business of making gloves and bespoke accessories.
Edmund was the youngest of all the children- he also followed
Will onto the stage, receiving much encouragement and training from
his older brother and showing much promise as a talented young
actor. His life was cut short at the tragically young age of 27 in
1607, when another virulent outbreak of bubonic plague swept
London. His famous elder brother was devastated at the loss of his
young sibling and protege, and met all the funeral expenses
Of all of Shakespeare's siblings, only Joan the younger survived
Sure did. Three brothers: Gilbert, Richard and Edmund. Apart from
two sisters who died as infants before William's birth, two
sisters: Anne and Joan. no he didn't