While most of us write a Will in order that our financial affairs are in order and that our loved ones will be looked after once we are gone. Some people have used them to make political points, or just for a bit of a laugh. Over the next few weeks I am going to blog some of the strangest last wishes of the famous.
I’m going to start with William Shakespeare, who died in 1616. His last wish was that his wife Anne, receive his ‘second best bed’. This naturally led to speculation about their relationship, despite it not being uncommon at the time to leave a good quality bed in your Will, it was only his second best! He also left an epitaph on his grave ‘Blest be the man that spares these stones, / and cursed be he that moves my bones’ While some say that he meant to frighten off grave robbers the wording was taken so seriously that when his wife died 7 years later, they would not allow her body to be placed with his.
The wording of a Will is a powerful thing and is remembered as your last wishes.