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Burghley, Baron (E, 1570/1)


Creation: let pat. 25 Feb 1570/1


Family name: Cecil




See Marquess of Exeter



William [Cecil], 1st Baron Burghley, KG PC

son and hr. of Richard Cecul, of Burghley, co. Lincoln, Yeoman of the Wardrobe, Sheriff of Rutland 1539, by his wife Jane Heckington, dau. and hrss. of William Heckington, of Bourne, co. Lincoln


13 Sep 1521

mar. (1)

1541 Mary Cheke (d. 1542), sister of Sir John Cheke, Tutor to Edward VI, and dau. of Peter Cheke, of Pirgo, co. Essex, by his wife Agnes Duffield, of Cambridge

only child by first wife

1. Hon Thomas Cecil, later 2nd Baron Burghley later 1st Earl of Exeter

mar. (2)

21 Nov 1545 Mildred Cooke, dau. of Sir Anthony Cooke, of Gidea Hall, co. Essex, by his wife Ann Fitzwilliam, dau. of Sir William Fitzwilliam, of Milton, co. Northumberland

children by second wife

1. Hon Robert Cecil, later 1st Earl of Salisbury

1. Hon Anne Cecil (b. 5 Dec 1556; dspms. 5 Jun 1588), mar. 19 Dec 1571 as his first wife Edward [de Vere], 17th Earl of Oxford, and had issue

2. Hon Elizabeth Cecil (b. 1 Jul 1564; dsp. bef. 20 Apr 1583), mar. 26 Feb 1581/2 Hon William Wentworth (b. c. 1555; dvp. and sp. 7 Nov 1582' bur. at Cheshunt, co. Hertford), 1st son and heir his second wife of Thomas [Wentworth], 2nd Baron Wentworth and de jure 7th Baon le Despencer


4 Aug 1598


25 Feb 1570/1 Baron Burghley

suc. by

son by first wife


Member of Parliament for Stamford 1547-52, for Lincolnshire 1555 and 1559, and for Northamptonshire 1562-67; Master of the Requests 1547;  Custos Brevium of the Common Pleas 1548-49;  Secretary of State 1548-49, 1551-52 and 1552-92;  knighted 1551;  Privy Councillor 1541;  Chancellor of the Order of the Garter 1552;  Master of the Wards 1561;  Knight of the Garter 1572;  Lord Treasurer 1572-98;  Chancellor of the University of Cambridge


Thomas [Cecil], 2nd Baron Burghley later 1st Earl of Exeter


4 May 1605 Earl of Exeter


The Barony of Burghley has been held by the Earls of Exeter since 4 May 1605.


 Last updated 11 Jun 2009



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