Bourne Archive: People: Cecil Family   © 2006 R.J.PENHEY   Latest edit 23 Jan 2011

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Bourne People: The Cecil Family.

This group of web pages consists of transcriptions of documents and links relating to members of the Cecil family of Burghley, Northamptonshire (now Cambridgeshire) and Bourne, Lincolnshire.

The family seems to have arrived in the area, in the form of David, in the train of Henry Tudor’s invasion of England in 1485. Its most prominent member, William, first Baron Burghley, David’s grandson, was born in Bourne in 1520 and the family estate included much property in the parish until the mid twentieth century.


The family tree on the Tudor Place site, beginning with Robert (11th century).

The family tree on the Genealogics site, beginning with Philip (15th century). To follow a line of descent, start by putting your cursor on the blue triangle below his name.

William, First Lord Burghley

The 1911 Encyclopaedia Britannica article.

Marrat’s short biography.

Dictionary of National Biography article. (Search using ‘William Cecil, first lord Burghley’)

Wikipedia articles

Richard Cecil (courtier) (d.1552)

William Cecil, 1st Baron Burghley (1520-1598), English politician

Thomas Cecil, 1st Earl of Exeter (1542-1623)

Robert Cecil, 1st Earl of Salisbury (1563-1612), statesman, spymaster and minister to Elizabeth I and James I of England

William Cecil, 2nd Earl of Exeter (1566-1640), Knight of the Garter

William_Cecil,_17th_Baron_de_Ros (1590-1618)

William Cecil, 2nd Earl of Salisbury (1591-1668), Knight of the Garter

John Cecil, 5th Earl of Exeter (1648-1700)

John Cecil, 6th Earl of Exeter (1674-1721)

Brownlow Cecil, 8th Earl of Exeter (1701-1754)

Brownlow Cecil, 9th Earl of Exeter (1725-1793)

Henry Cecil, 1st Marquess of Exeter (1754-1793)

Brownlow Cecil, 2nd Marquess of Exeter (1795-1867)

William Cecil, 3rd Marquess of Exeter (1825-1895),

Robert Gascoyne-Cecil, 3rd Marquess of Salisbury (1830-1903) British statesman and Prime Minister.

William Cecil, 5th Marquess of Exeter (1876-1956),

David Cecil, 6th Marquess of Exeter (1905-1981)

William Cecil, 7th Marquess of Exeter (1909-1988),

Michael Cecil, 8th Marquess of Exeter (b.1935)

Robert Gascoyne-Cecil, 7th Marquess of Salisbury (b.1946)

The Exeter Estate

The 1826 Exeter Estate Book

Bedehouse Bank

The site of Bourne Castle was part of the estate from the early 16th century to the mid 20th.

The 1871 Testimonial on Lord Burghley’s coming of age.

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