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William Hart (bef. 1600 - bef. 1639)

William Hart
Born before in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, Englandmap
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Died before at about age 38 in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, Englandmap
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William Hart was born in Warwickshire, England.

William Hart was the son of William Hart, hatter, of Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, and his wife Joan Shakespeare.[1] He was baptised on 28 August 1600 at Holy Trinity, Stratford,[2]

He died unmarried.[3] He was buried at Stratford on 29 March 1639.[4]

Research Notes

It was once commonly believed that he was the William Hart who became a minor actor in the King's Men and probably was the father of actor Charles Hart.[5] There is no evidence that Charles Hart was related to the Harts of Stratford.[3][1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 G. R. French, Shakespeareana Genealogica, Cambridge, 1869, pages 397-8. Internet Archive (accessed 23 Apr 2020)
  2. Richard Savage, The registers of Stratford-on-Avon, in the County of Warwick, Baptisms, 1558-1652 , London: privately printed, 1897, page 64. Internet Archive (accessed 20 Apr 2020)
  3. 3.0 3.1 D. Kathman, 'Hart, Charles (bap. 1625, d. 1683), actor'. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, 2008 (accessed 21 Apr 2020)
  4. Richard Savage, The registers of Stratford-on-Avon, in the County of Warwick, Burials, 1558-1622-3 , London: privately printed, 1905, page 134. Internet Archive (accessed 20 Apr 2020)
  5. The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, London, 1854, page xx. Google Books (accessed 21 Apr 2020)

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