William Shakespeare baptised, 26 April 1564

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Date:26th of April 1564

Description:Entry in the parish register, Holy Trinity Church, Stratford-upon-Avon, recording the baptism of William Shakespeare on 26 April 1564. The entry is in Latin: 'Gulielmus filius Johannes Shakspere' (William son of John Shakespeare). At a later date the entry was highlighted with crosses so that it could be more easily identified.

Using contemporary practice as a guide (and the evidence of his age at death, see burial entry), his date of birth is traditionally taken to have been 23 April.

Shakespeare Birthplace Trust reference: DR 243/1


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1550s
Stratford's earliest parish register
Stratford's earliest parish register

The earliest parish register, Holy Trinity Church, Stratford-upon-Avon, containing ...

1580s
Shakespeare's daughter baptised, 26 May 1583
Shakespeare's daughter baptised, 26 May 1583

Entry in the parish register, Holy Trinity Church, Stratford-upon-Avon (later marked ...

1600s
Burial of William Shakespeare's father, John, 8 September 1601
Burial of William Shakespeare's father, John, 8 September 1601

Entry in the parish register, Holy Trinity Church, Stratford-upon-Avon, recording ...

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Donor ref:DR243/1 f.5 baptisms (34/10704)

Source: The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

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