SCOTT KIRK’S 13th great-uncle is William Shakespeare and earlier this month he and his wife proudly took part in their daughter’s baptism in Holy Trinity Church, Stratford, a town they now call their second home having moved from Brazil specifically to have their daughter baptised in Shakespeare’s Church.
Being a direct descendant of Shakespeare’s sister, Joan, Scott who originally hails from British Colombia, has always held his blood ties to the Bard in the highest esteem.
He and his two brothers have Shakespeare’s coat of arms tattooed on their own arms to show how proud they are of him.
In fact the family ancestry is so important to Scott, he and his wife, Dayane, wasted no time moving to Stratford when they found out she was pregnant.
On arrival they got jobs at Mary Arden’s Farm and settled in town and then, last Christmas, daughter Suzana was born.
“Can you imagine how proud we felt?” Scott told the Herald. “We wanted to give Suzana the best start in life and we named her after Shakespeare’s daughter although it is spelt differently.”
Last Saturday Scott and Dayane gathered with friends at the Shakespeare Birthplace Centre for songs and sonnet readings and then they re-traced the Bard’s footsteps to Holy Trinity for their daughter’s baptism.
“It was overwhelming to be in Shakespeare’s Church and have our daughter baptised and re-new our wedding vows at the same time.
We shared the baptism with my mum, Thelmarie, and family, live on camera which made it extra special,” said Scott.
Hamlet is Scott’s favourite play but he loves any of the works penned by his 13th great-uncle.
“The man’s a creative genius, a literary giant, he connects with human emotions and that’s why people keep coming back for more!”
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