Anonymous: de Vere White Family History at the Movie Theaters

Our family comes from a long line of publicans…that might be obvious. But did you know that we also have some famous literary figures in our lineage? Famous poet Aubrey de Vere, Terrence de Vere White, our grandfather and longtime editor of The Irish Times, and aunt Deborah, who helped coin the term, “Of the pen and of the pint…”

Perhaps the most famous is the Earl of Oxford, Edward de Vere–our great uncle five times over. Right now, he’s the focus of the new movie Anonymous:A political thriller advancing the theory that it was in fact Edward De Vere, Earl of Oxford who penned Shakespeare’s plays; set against the backdrop of the succession of Queen Elizabeth I, and the Essex Rebellion against her.


Side note: Wondering why our family is called de Vere White? Back in the 1600’s, an English de Vere married an Irish White and neither wanted to give up their family names. So they combined the two, and it stuck!

Check out the trailer…we’re definitely going to go see this one.