I think that the famous Elizabethan clown, William Kemp, was actually the son of my ancestor, Sir Thomas Kempe. To believe this is to completely misunderstand the class system that existed in England until recently. I had other ancestors in the late 1800s who, though they came from wealthy families, became actors, and were sent, by their families, in disgrace to Australia, never to return. How much more reprehensible would it have been for the true son of a grand landowner in the 16th/17th C to have turned entertainer. And, despite proof of the son of Thomas Kempe being buried with honours in the family church, people still write on genealogical sites, that the clown is Sir Thomas' son.