Judith Shakespeare
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Historical Figure
Nationality: England
Date of Birth: 1585
Date of Death: 1662
Cause of Death: Natural causes
Religion: Anglicanism
Occupation: Housewife
Parents: William Shakespeare
Anne Hathaway
Spouse: Thomas Quiney
Children: Three sons who predeceased her
Relatives: John Shakespeare (grandfather),
Susanna Shakespeare (sister);
Hamnet Shakespeare (brother)
Fictional Appearances:
Ruled Britannia
POD: July-August, 1588
Type of Appearance: Contemporary reference
Relatives: Kate Shakespeare (stepmother)

Judith Shakespeare Quiney (30 January 1585 - 9 February 1662) was the younger of two daughters of English playwright William Shakespeare and Anne Hathaway. Judith had an older sister, Susanna, and a twin brother, Hamnet, who died in 1596.

She married Thomas Quiney, a vintner of Stratford-Upon-Avon. Their three sons all died young. The circumstances of the marriage, including Quiney's misconduct, may have prompted the rewriting of her father's will. Thomas was struck out, while Judith's inheritance was attached with provisions to safeguard it from her husband. The bulk of Shakespeare's estate was left to his elder daughter Susanna and her male heirs.

Judith Shakespeare in Ruled Britannia[]

Judith Shakespeare lived with her mother and two siblings in Stratford-Upon-Avon. Her father moved to London in 1588 and returned only once, in 1596, to bury Judith's twin brother, Hamnet. After Judith's father was rewarded for helping liberate England from Spanish occupation, he divorced Judith's mother and gave her a substantial alimony.