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April 25, 1616
According to the inscription on the wall monument erected in his memory, Shakespeare died on April 23, 1616 and was buried, as would be normal practice at that time, two days later.
June 22, 1616
The original copy of Shakespeare’s last will and testament was probated on June 22, 1616, and an entry in the parchment register, shown here, was made recording the date of probate.
ca. 1700
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early 17th century
This manuscript contains a depiction of Shakespeare’s arms that clearly refers to William, rather than to his father, John.