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Exeter, Earl of (E, 1605)

 

Creation: let. pat. 4 May 1605

 

Family name: Cecil

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Arms:

See Marquess of Exeter

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

only child of William [Cecil], 1st Baron Burghley, by his first wife Mary Cheke, sister of Sir John Cheke, Tutor to King Edward VI, and dau. of Peter Cheke, of Pirgo, co. Essex

born

5 May 1542

mar. (1)

27 Nov 1564 Hon Dorothy Nevill (d. 23 Mar 1608), 2nd dau. and cohrss. of John [Nevill], 4th Baron Latymer, by his wife Lady Lucy Somerset, 2nd dau. of Henry [Somerset], 2nd Earl of Worcester

children by first wife

1. Hon William Cecil, later 2nd Earl of Exeter

2. Hon Sir Richard Cecil, of Wakerley, co. Northampton, Member of Parliament for Peterborough 1604-11 and 1620-22 (b. c. 1580; d. 4 Sep 1633), mar. 23 Mar 1602/3 Elizabeth Cope, dau. by his first wife of Sir Anthony Cope, 1st Bt., of Hanwell, co. Oxford, and had issue:

1a. David Cecil, later 3rd Earl of Exeter

1a. Elizabeth Cecil, mar. John Havers, of Stockerston, co. Leicester

3. Hon Edward Cecil, later 1st Viscount Wimbledon

4. Hon Christopher Cecil (d. by drowning)

5. Hon Thomas Cecil (b. 1578), mar. Anne Lee, dau. of Sir Richard Lee, Lord Mayor of London

1. Lady Catherine Cecil (d. unm.)

2. Lady Lucy Cecil (b. 7 Mar 1567/8; d. Oct 1614), mar. 28 Feb 1586/7 John [Paulet], 4th Marquess of Winchester, and had issue

3. Lady Mildred Cecil, mar. (1) Sir Thomas Read, and (2) as his second wife Sir Edmund Trafford, of Trafford Park, co. Lancaster (d. May 1620), and had issue by her second husband

4. Lady Mary Cecil (b. 15 Jul 1573; bur. 18 Mar 1637/8), mar. c. 1590 Edward [Denny], 1st Earl of Norwich, and had issue

5. Lady Susan Cecil (d. unm.)

6. Lady Elizabeth Cecil, mar. (1) Sir William Hatton, and (2) as his second wife Sir Edward Coke, Chief Justice of the Common Pleas, and had issue by her second husband

7. Lady Dorothy Cecil (bapt. 11 Aug 1577; bur. 11 Nov 1613), mar. as his first wife Sir Giles Alington, of Horseheath, co. Cambridge (bapt. 18 Sep 1572; bur. 23 Dec 1638), son of Giles Alington, of Horseheath, co. Cambridge, by his wife Margaret Spencer, 3rd dau. of Sir John Spencer, of Wormleighton, co. Warwick, and Althorp, co. Northampton, and had issue

8. Lady Frances Cecil (bapt. 25 Feb 1580/1; d. 12 Jun 1653), mar. bef. 3 Sep 1602 Nicholas [Tufton], 1st Earl of Thanet, and had issue

mar. (2)

c.1610 Hon Frances Smith (widow of Sir Thomas Smith, Master of Requests to King James I;  d. 1663), dau. of William [Brydges], 4th Baron Chandos, by his wife Mary Hopton, dau. of Sir Owen Hopton

only child by second wife

9. Lady Anne Cecil (dvp. Sep 1621)

died

8 Feb 1622/3

created

4 May 1605 Earl of Exeter

suc. by

son by first wife

note

Member of Parliament for Stamford 1563-81, for Lincolnshire 1585-87, and for Northamptonshire 1592-93;  knighted 1575;  High Sheriff of Northamptonshire 1578;  Captain of Horse and Governor of Brill 1585-87;  suc. his father 4 Aug 1598 as 2nd Baron Burghley;  Lord Lieutenant of Yorkshire 1599-1603;  Lord President of the Council of the North 1599-1603;  Col of the London Foot 1601;  Knight of the Garter 1601;  Privy Councillor, Lord Almoner and Lord Lieutenant of Northamptonshire 1603

 

William [Cecil], 2nd Earl of Exeter, KG

born

1566

mar. (1)

1589 Lady Elizabeth Manners, suo jure Baroness Ros (d. 19 May 1591), only dau. and hrss. of Edward [Manners], 3rd Earl of Rutland and 15th Baron Ros, by his wife Isabel Holcroft, dau. of Sir Thomas Holcroft, of Vale Royal Abbey, co. Chester

only child by first wife

1. Hon William Cecil, 17th Baron Ros (b. 1590; dvp. and sp. 27 Jun 1618), mar. 15 Feb 1615/6 Ann Lake (mar. (2) George Rodney, of Stoke Rodney, co. Somerset;  d. 1630), dau. of Sir Thomas Lake, of Canons in Edgware, co. Middlesex, by his wife Mary Ryder, dau. and hrss. of Sir William Ryder, Lord Mayor of London; suc. his mother 11 May 1591 as 17th Baron de Ros;  on his death the Barony of de Ros passed to his cousin Francis [Manners], 6th Earl of Rutland and 18th Baron Ros

mar. (2)

Elizabeth Drury (d. 26 Feb 1653/4), sister and cohrss. of Sir Robert Drury, and dau. of Sir William Drury, of Hawsted, co. Suffolk, by his wife Elizabeth Stafford, dau. of Sir William Stafford, of Blatherwick, co. Northampton

children by second wife

1. Lady Elizabeth Cecil (bur. 24 Aug 1672), mar. 26 May 1614 Thomas [Howard], 1st Earl of Berkshire, and had issue

2. Lady Diana Cecil (b. c. 1596; dsp. 27 Apr 1654), mar. (1) 1 Jan 1623/4 Henry [de Vere], 18th Earl of Oxford, and (2) 12 Nov 1629 as his second wife Thomas [Bruce], 1st Earl of Elgin

3. Lady Anne Cecil (d. bef. 12 Oct 1676), mar. 19 Jul 1620 Henry [Grey], 1st Earl of Stamford, and had issue

died

s.p.m.s. 6 Jul 1640

suc. by

nephew

note

knighted 1603;  Lord Lieutenant of Northamptonshire 1623;  Privy Councillor 1626;  Knight of the Garter 1630

 

David [Cecil], 3rd Earl of Exeter

1st son of Hon Sir Richard Cecil MP, of Wakerley, co. Northampton (by his wife Elizabeth Cope, dau. by his first wife of Sir Anthony Cope, 1st Bt., of Hanwell, co. Oxford), 2nd son by his first wife of Thomas [Cecil], 1st Earl of Exeter

born

c.1604

mar.

Lady Elizabeth Egerton (bur. 24 Mar 1686/7), 3rd dau. of John [Egerton], 1st Earl of Bridgewater, by his wife Lady Frances Stanley, 2nd dau. and cohrss. of Ferdinando [Stanley], 5th Earl of Derby

children

1. Hon John Cecil, later 4th Earl of Exeter

2. Hon Thomas Cecil (bur. 20 May 1641)

1. Lady Frances Cecil (bapt. 14 Aug 1633; d. 31 Dec 1652), mar. 15 Apr 1650 as his second wife Anthony Ashley [Cooper], 1st Earl of Shaftesbury, and had issue

died

18 Apr 1643

suc. by

son

note

Member of Parliament for Peterborough 1640: Lord Lieutenant of Rutland 1642-43

 

John [Cecil], 4th Earl of Exeter

born

1628

mar. (1)

8 Dec 1646 Lady Frances Manners (d. 2 Dec 1660), 1st dau. of John [Manners], 8th Earl of Rutland, by his wife Hon Frances Montagu, 2nd dau. by his second wife of Edward [Montagu], 1st Baron Montagu

children by first wife

1. Hon John Cecil, later 5th Earl of Exeter

1. Lady Frances Cecil (bur. 29 Oct 1694 at Holme Lacy, co. Hereford), mar. after 4 Jun 1672 John [Scudamore], 2nd Viscount Scudamore, and had issue

mar. (2)

24 Jan 1669/70 Lady Mary Palmes (b. 1639; widow of Francis Palmes;  bur. 22 Oct 1681), 1st dau. of Mildmay [Fane], 2nd Earl of Westmorland, by his second wife Hon Mary Townshend, widow of Sir Roger Townshend, 1st Bt., of Raynham, co. Essex, and 2nd dau. and cohrss. of Horatio [de Vere], 1st Baron Vere of Tilbury

died

18 Mar 1677/8

suc. by

son by first wife

note

Lord Lieutenant of Northamptonshire 1660-73

 

John [Cecil], 5th Earl of Exeter

born

c.1648

mar.

1670 Lady Anne Rich (widow of Hon Charles Rich, styled Lord Rich, 1st son and heir ap. of Charles [Rich], 4th Earl of Warwick;  d. 18 Jun 1703), only dau. of William [Cavendish], 3rd Earl of Devonshire, by his wife Lady Elizabeth Cecil, 2nd dau. of William [Cecil], 2nd Earl of Salisbury

children

1. Hon John Cecil, later 6th Earl of Exeter

1.

2.

3.

4. Lady Elizabeth Cecil (b. 1687; d. 12 Jun 1708), mar. 30 Mar 1706 Charles [Boyle], 4th Earl of Orrery, and had issue

died

29 Aug 1700

suc. by

son

note

Member of Parliament for Northampton 1675-78;  Lord High Almoner at the Coronation of James II 1685

 

John [Cecil], 6th Earl of Exeter

born

15 May 1674

mar. (1)

9 Feb 1697 Hon Annabella Bennet (dsp. Aug 1698), dau. of John [Bennet], 1st Baron Ossulston, by his second wife Bridget Howe, sister of Scrope [Howe], 1st Viscount Howe, and dau. of John Grubham Howe, of Langar, co. Nottingham

mar. (2)

Sep 1699 Elizabeth Brownlow (b. 18 May 1681; d. 28 Nov 1723), 1st dau. and cohrss. of Sir John Brownlow, 3rd Bt., of Belton and Humby, co. Lincoln, by his wife and second cousin Alice Sherard, 1st dau. of Richard Sherard, of Lobthorpe, co. Lincoln

children by second wife

1. Hon John Cecil, later 7th Earl of Exeter

2. Hon Brownlow Cecil, later 8th Earl of Exeter

1. Lady Elizabeth Cecil (d. 1733), mar. William Aislabie, of Studley, co. York, son and heir of Rt Hon John Aislabie MP, Chancellor of the Exchequer

died

24 Dec 1721

suc. by

son by second wife

note

Member of Parliament for Rutland 1695-1700;  Recorder of Stamford 1697;  Lord Lieutenant of Rutland 1712-15

 

John [Cecil], 7th Earl of Exeter

born

c.1700

died

9 Apr 1722

suc. by

brother

 

Brownlow [Cecil], 8th Earl of Exeter

bapt.

4 Aug 1701

mar.

18 Jul 1724 Hannah Sophia Chambers (d. 30 Apr 1765), dau. and hrss. of Thomas Chambers, of Derby

children

1. Hon Brownlow Cecil, later 9th Earl of Exeter

2. Hon Thomas Chambers Cecil (b. 1728; d. 14 Aug 1773), mar. 20 Feb 1751 Charlotte Garnier, and had issue:

1a. Henry Cecil, later 10th Earl of Exeter later 1st Marquess of Exeter

1. Lady Elizabeth Cecil (d. 13 Oct 1813), mar. 24 Nov 1757 John Chaplin, of Blankney, co. Lincoln (d. 1764), and had issue

died

3 Nov 1754

suc. by

son

note

Member of Parliament for Stamford 1722, and Recorder of Stamford;  Lord High Almoner at the Coronation of George II

 

Brownlow [Cecil], 9th Earl of Exeter

born

21 Sep 1725

mar. (1)

24 Jul 1749 Letitia Townshend (d. 17 Apr 1765), only child and hrss. of Hon Horatio Townshend MP (by his wife Alice Starkey), 3rd son by his second wife of Horatio [Townshend], 1st Viscount Townshend

mar. (2)

23 Apr 1770 Anne Maria Cheatham, dau. of Job Cheatham, of Sodor Hall

died

s.p. 26 Dec 1793

suc. by

nephew

note

Member of Parliament for Rutland  1747-54;  Lord Lieutenant of Rutland 1751;  Recorder of Stamford

 

Henry [Cecil], 10th Earl of Exeter later 1st Marquess of Exeter

only son of Hon Thomas Chambers Cecil (by his wife Charlotte Garnier), 2nd son of Brownlow [Cecil], 8th Earl of Exeter

created

4 Feb 1801 Marquess of Exeter

 

The Earldom of Exeter has been held by the Marquesses of Exeter since 4 Feb 1801.

 

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