How Many Siblings Did Shakespeare Have?

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How many siblings did Shakespeare have? Did Shakespeare have any siblings? Read on as we introduce you to the siblings of William Shakespeare.

William Shakespeare was a renowned English playwright, poet and actor born in April 1564 to John Shakespeare and Mary Arden. He is the first son of his parents and was an inspiration to his younger ones, especially Edmund.

Shakespeare is considered as the greatest writer in the English Language due his control over the English language and the many plays and poems he had written. His works are still being studied and reinterpreted in schools.

He got married at the age of 18 to Anne Hathaway and had three children together, including twins, Hamnet and Judith Shakespeare.

He died on April 23, 1616 at the age of 52 and has since been buried in the chancel of the Holy Trinity Church.

How Many Siblings Did Shakespeare Have? 

William Shakespeare had seven siblings; two older sisters, three younger brothers and two younger sisters.

They are Joan Shakespeare, Margaret Shakespeare, Gilbert Shakespeare, Joan, Anne Shakespeare, Richard Shakespeare and Edmund Shakespeare.

Check out William Shakespeare siblings in order of birth below:

1. Joan Shakespeare, baptised in 1558 and died in her infancy.

2. Margaret Shakespeare, born in 1562 and died in April 1563.

3. Gilbert Shakespeare, born in 1566 and died in February 1612.

4. Joan Shakespeare, born in April 1569 and died in November 1646.

5. Anne Shakespeare, born in September 1571 and died in April 1579.

6. Richard Shakespeare, born in March 1574 and died in February 1613.

7. Edmund Shakespeare, born in May 1580 and died in December 1607.

How Many Brothers Did Shakespeare Have? 

Shakespeare had three younger brothers named Gilbert, Richard and Edmund Shakespeare.

How Many Sisters Did Shakespeare Have? 

Shakespeare had four sisters; two older sisters (Joan and Margaret who both died before he was born) and two younger sisters, Anne and Joan Shakespeare.

Who Was Gilbert Shakespeare? 

Gilbert Shakespeare was an English haberdasher born in October 1566 to John Shakespeare and Mary Arden. He is also the younger brother of renowned poet and playwright, William Shakespeare.

Gilbert at some point had to drop out of school to work with his father. However, he later found himself in trouble for deer poaching and allegedly went into hiding for seven years.

The seven years he went into hiding was known as “Shakespeare’s lost years”.

He died in 1612 thereabout without a wife but allegedly had a son.

Who Was Edmund Shakespeare? 

Edmund Shakespeare was an English actor born in 1580 to John Shakespeare and Mary Arden. He is also the youngest brother of William Shakespeare.

Edmund was inspired by his older brother, William Shakespeare and decided to pursue a career in acting. He acted in a number of plays written by Shakespeare.

Edmund died in December 1607 in London at the age of 27.

Who Was Joan Shakespeare? 

Joan Shakespeare was the younger sister of playwright and poet, William Shakespeare. She was born in April 1569 to John Shakespeare and Mary Arden.

Joan got married to William Hart who was a hatter and they had four children named William, Mary, Thomas and Michael.

She died in 1646 and is believed to be the only member of the Shakespeare’s family with known descendants to this day.

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