The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 17.0701 Monday, 31 July 2006
Date: Friday, 28 Jul 2006 08:56:29 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Shakespeare's Siblings
I have a query concerning Shakespeare's brother Gilbert. Peter Ackroyd
states in his biography, p.45:
'Gilbert Shakespeare was baptised in the autumn of 1566, and nothing
much more is ever heard of him. He died at the age of 45, having had an
unremarkable life as a tradesman in Stratford; it was inevitable that he
followed his father's profession as a glover.'
Inevitable or not, I always believed he could handle a needle and thread
and be traced to London where he was a haberdasher. Is this fact or fiction?
My thanks for any help on this.
PS any definitive material on his sister Joan and her thespian
off-spring is also welcome.
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