Family Research – English, Scottish and Irish Genealogy


‘I gyve unto my wief my second best bed with the furniture’

William Shakespeare, who was born (and died) on 23 April, famously bequeathed his ‘second-best bed’ to his wife Anne Hathaway in his will, dated just a few weeks before he died in 1616. Digitised copies of Shakespeare’s will, part of a record series selected for the celebrity of the testators, can be searched and downloaded online. for more click here

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