Richard Cecil

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He sent his son William to the grammar schools of Stamford and Grantham, and in 1535 William entered [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._John's_College,_Cambridge St. John's College, Cambridge].  Academically a success, William ran afoul of his father, when his heart was lost to Mary Cheke, daughter of a local widow, with only a fortune of 40 pounds to recommend her.  William was immediately removed before he could take his degree, and was entered as a student at [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gray's_Inn Gray's Inn] in 1541.  If the motive was to prevent a marriage, it failed.  Two months after he came up to [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/London London], William married Mary, probably secretly.  Thomas, the future [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Earl_of_Exeter Earl of Exeter] and only fruit of this union was born at Cambridge on 5 May 1542, therefore presumably at his grandmother's house.  The marriage was so distateful to Richard, that he is said to have altered his will, or at any rate, to have intended to do so.  But the young wife did not live long, dying on 22 Feb 1544.<br>
 
He sent his son William to the grammar schools of Stamford and Grantham, and in 1535 William entered [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._John's_College,_Cambridge St. John's College, Cambridge].  Academically a success, William ran afoul of his father, when his heart was lost to Mary Cheke, daughter of a local widow, with only a fortune of 40 pounds to recommend her.  William was immediately removed before he could take his degree, and was entered as a student at [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gray's_Inn Gray's Inn] in 1541.  If the motive was to prevent a marriage, it failed.  Two months after he came up to [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/London London], William married Mary, probably secretly.  Thomas, the future [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Earl_of_Exeter Earl of Exeter] and only fruit of this union was born at Cambridge on 5 May 1542, therefore presumably at his grandmother's house.  The marriage was so distateful to Richard, that he is said to have altered his will, or at any rate, to have intended to do so.  But the young wife did not live long, dying on 22 Feb 1544.<br>
 
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When Richard died 19 Mar 1552/3 [http://books.google.com/books?vid=OCLC04293172&id=0HHbZEfy6lYC&pg=PA13&dq=richard+cecil+burghley Title="The Cecil Family, pg 12" [source]], he left an ample estate behind him in the counties of Rutland, Northamptonshire and elsewhere.  He died at his house in Cannon Row and was buried at St. Margaret's, [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Westminster Westminster].<br>
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When Richard died 19 Mar 1552/3 ([http://books.google.com/books?vid=OCLC04293172&id=0HHbZEfy6lYC&pg=PA13&dq=richard+cecil+burghley "The Cecil Family, pg 12"]), he left an ample estate behind him in the counties of Rutland, Northamptonshire and elsewhere.  He died at his house in Cannon Row and was buried at St. Margaret's, [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Westminster Westminster].<br>
 
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Richard's widow Jane died in 10 March 1587/8. [http://www.countyhistorian.com/cecilweb/index.php/Documents/WilliamCecil1 title="Complete Peerage, Burghley, pg 428" here]<br>
 
Richard's widow Jane died in 10 March 1587/8. [http://www.countyhistorian.com/cecilweb/index.php/Documents/WilliamCecil1 title="Complete Peerage, Burghley, pg 428" here]<br>

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