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William Cecil
Birth: Sep. 13, 1521
Death: Aug. 5, 1598

1st Baron Burghley. His rise to prominence began during the reign of Edward VI, when he served as Secretary of State during the protectorate of the Duke of Northumberland. When Edward died and Northumberland usurped the throne for his daughter-in-law Jane Grey, Cecil was wise enough not to get involved and after the accession of Mary I, when the usurpers were executed or imprisoned, Cecil did not fall from favour. He spent the reign sitting as an MP and embarking upon diplomatic missions. Upon the accession of Elizabeth I, he became Secretary again, and later Lord Treasurer(157298). Serving the Queen faithfully as her chief advisor for four decades, he is credited with creating the Elizabethan intelligence network, along with Sir Francis Walsingham. His uncovering of various Catholic plots led to the execution of the Queen's great rival, Mary of Scots. Cecil's son Robert became one of the great advisors of Elizabeth's successor, James I. (bio by: Mark McManus) 
 
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 Parents:
  Richard Cecil (1495 - 1552)
  Jane Heckington Cecil (1501 - 1587)
 
 Spouses:
  Maria Cheke Cecil (____ - 1543)*
  Mary Cheke Cecil (1522 - 1544)*
  Mildred Cooke Cecil (1524 - 1589)*
 
 Children:
  Thomas Cecil (1542 - 1623)*
  Anne Cecil De Vere (1556 - 1588)*
  Margaret Cooke Smith (1562 - 1616)*
  Robert Cecil (1563 - 1612)*
 
 Sibling:
  William Cecil (1521 - 1598)
  Elizabeth Cecil Wingfield (1535 - 1611)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
St Martin Churchyard
Stamford
South Kesteven District
Lincolnshire, England
Plot: tomb within church
 
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: Mark McManus
Record added: Nov 10, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 16587869
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 Added: May. 8, 2017
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