Historical Wills Reveal Shakespeare and Jane Austen's Last Wishes

By Gary Cutlack on at

Popular 16th Century social media guru and blogging ninja Will Shakespeare left just £150 to his daughter in his will. Although if you take inflation into account, that's roughly the equivalent of £380,000 in today's money. So he wasn't one of those poor-in-his-lifetime arty types.

The wills of the likes of Jane Austen and Sir Frances Drake have also been added to the masses of wishes from beyond the grave that are now accessible through an Ancestry.co.uk account, with the filings revealing that Drake left £40 to the poor people of Plymouth. Again, back in the day, that was a pretty impressive sum, not the one-round-of-drinks memorial it'd pay for today. [Daily Mail]