To his Daughter, Judith in his will
- He left £100 to his daughter Judith for a marriage portion
and another £50 if she renounce any claim in the Chapel Lane
cottage near New Place previously purchased by Shakespeare.
- He left another £150 to Judith if she lived another three
years, but forbade her husband any claim to it unless he settled
on her lands worth the £150.
- If Judith failed to live another three years, the £150 was
to have gone to Shakespeare's granddaughter Elizabeth Hall.
- He also left Judith a silver bowl
To his Sister, Joan in his will
- He left £30 to his sister Joan Hart
- He permitted her to stay on for a nominal rent in the Western
of the two houses on Henley Street, which Shakespeare himself
inherited from his father in 1601.
To his nephews in his will
- He left each of Joan's three sons £5.
To his granddaughter, Elizabeth in his will
- He left all his silver plate, except the silver
bowl left to Judith, to his granddaughter Elizabeth.
To the Poor of Stratford in his will
- He left £10 to the poor of Stratford
To his Friends in his will
- He left his sword and various small bequests to local friends.
- His lifelong friend Hamnet Sadler was specifically mentioned
to enable him to buy a memorial ring
- His friends, "my fellows John Hemynges Richard Burbage
& Henry Cundell," were named leaving them 26s..8d to also "buy
To his Wife, Anne in his will
- The only mention that Shakespeare specifically makes of
his wife was to leave her his "second best bed."
- It is, however, understood that it would have been her right,
through English Common Law, to one-third of his estate as well
as residence for life at New Place
To his Daughter, Susanna and Son-in-Law Dr,
John Hallin his will
- "All the Rest of my Goods, Chattels, Leases, Plate, Jewels
& Household stuff whatsoever after my debts and Legacies paid
& my funeral expenses discarded" Williamís son-in-law,
Dr. John Hall, oversaw his final days and treatment.
The Death of William Shakespeare
The illness that took his life is still a mystery. As previously
mentioned Shakespeare died on April 23, 1616, and was buried
on April 25 in the Holy Trinity Church graveyard in Stratford-upon-Avon
The Last Will & Testament of William Shakespeare