May 11, 1612
Bellott v. Mountjoy: First set of depositions on Bellott's behalf, including Shakespeare's signature
William Shakespeare was called as a witness in a lawsuit between Stephen Bellott and Christopher Mountjoy. His deposition, along with two others, was taken at Westminster on May 11, 1612.
May 7, 1612
Bellott v. Mountjoy: Compulsory Summons to Shakespeare and others for the first set of Interrogatories
After the four pleadings, the first action of the Court of Requests in Bellott v. Mountjoy was to summon witnesses. A Compulsory Summons, dated May 7, 1612, shown here, identifies the first witness as William Shakespeare, gentleman.
June 30, 1612
This is the third of three orders given by the Court of Requests in Bellott v. Mountjoy. It is a final order, referring the dispute to the overseers and elders of the French Church in London. An July 30, 1612 entry in the French Church archives records that, having had Bellott v.
January 28, 1612
This document, dated January 28, 1612, is the first of four pleadings in Bellott v. Mountjoy. Stephen Bellott married Mary Mountjoy on November 19, 1604.
February 3, 1612
This document, dated February 3, 1612, is the second of four pleadings in Bellott v. Mountjoy, and was Christopher Mountjoy’s response to Stephen Bellott’s bill of complaint.
after June 22, 1616
The registered copy of Shakespeare’s last will and testament is shown here. The original will was probated on June 22, 1616, and entered in the register shortly thereafter.
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.
March 25, 1616
William Shakespeare’s last will and testament provides one of the richest surviving accounts for understanding his familial and professional networks.