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Gilbert Shakespeare (bef. 1566 - bef. 1612)

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Gilbert Shakespeare
Born before in Stratford-on-Avon, Warwickshire, Englandmap
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Died before in Stratford-on-Avon, Warwickshire, Englandmap
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Gilbert was the second son of John and Mary Shakespeare, born two years after William. According, "It is possible that he was named after Gilbert Bradley, a Burgess of Stratford who was also a glover as was John Shakespeare and lived in Henley Street." From, "Gilbert Shakespeare appears to have followed his brother to London, where he is described in 1597 as a haberdasher of St Bride's, before returning to Stratford, where he seems to have fallen into undesirable company and occasionally afoul of the law."



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Gilbert Shakespeare was baptized on October 13, 1566, at Holy Trinity. It is likely that John Shakespeare named his second son after his friend and neighbor on Henley Street, Gilbert Bradley, a glover and the burgess of Stratford for a time. Records show that Gilbert Shakespeare survived the plague and reached adulthood, becoming a haberdasher, working in London as of 1597, and spending much of his time back in Stratford. In 1609 he appeared in Stratford court in connection with a lawsuit. Gilbert Shakespeare had a long and successful career as a tradesman, and he died a bachelor and was buried in Stratford on February 3, 1612. In 1569

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  • WikiTree profile Shakespeare-30 created through the import of Webb_2011-07-09.ged on Jul 9, 2011 by Bryan Webb. See the Changes page for the details of edits by Bryan and others.


Gilbert was born about 1566. He was the son of John Shakespeare and Mary Arden. He passed away about 1611. [1]

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  1. Entered by Quentin Smith, Monday, September 30, 2013.


Thank you to Quentin Smith for creating Shakespeare-148 on 30 Sep 13. Click the Changes tab for the details on contributions by Quentin and others.

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