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William Shakespeare's baptism was recorded on April 26, 1564, in the parish register of Holy Trinity Church in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire.

No one really knows for sure when Shakespeare was born, but his generally accepted birthday is April 23 based on the tradition at that time of baptising within two or three days of birth.

Although Shakespeare was the third of eight children, he was the eldest son of John Shakespeare and Mary Arden.

Despite the religious and political unrest of this period, baptism of infants was the norm in most groups.