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20th October 1596. Below is the shield and crest drawing from the first of two rough drafts of a Coat of Arms grant to Shakspere (College of Arms, MS. Vincent. 157, art. 23; art. 24).
The phrase "Non Sanz Droict" ("Not Without Right") is written on both documents, a motto.

1599 John Shakspere, Shakespeare's father, sought to add his wife's family arms to the recently acquired Shakspere arms (College of Arms, MS. R. 21).
1602, Peter Brooke (York Herald) accused Sir William Dethick (Garter King-of-Arms) and his associate Camden (Clarenceux King-of-Arms) of "elevating base persons, and assigning devices already in use." Brooke's 23 case complaint (Folger Shakespeare Library, MS. V.a.156) included the drawing shown below.

Dethick and Camden replied in defence to Brooke's complaint and the charges were dismissed. Their reply included the drawing shown below (Bodleian Library, MS. Ashmole 846).
Ben Jonson'e poem To the Memory of My Beloved
Sir William Davenant's poem In Remembrance of Master William Shakespeare
Baptismal record
Marriage record
Property records
Legal and Tax records
Stratford-upon-Avon Council records
Theatre and acting records
Letters record
The six signatures of Shakespeare
Other evidence
Record of death
Will record
First Folio Introduction
First Folio Dedication
Evidence of Shakespeare's life etc
Shakespeare connections

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