Here's an interesting find we were alerted to by one of our members.
This is a page from the book Shakespeare by Michael Wood. Here he is showing a list of Shakespears associated with the local gentry. He mentions that the Richard Shakespeare is probably William's grandfather.
If you look a few lines above the Shakespears you will see there is an Edward Ferrars listed as a knight along with his wife.
I wonder if this Edward had anything in common with our much beloved Edward?