Richard Cecil

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Richard Cecil was a resident of Burleigh in the parish of [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stamford_Baron_St_Martin Stamford Baron St Martin], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Northamptonshire Northamptonshire].  His father David, rose in favor under King [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_VIII_of_England Henry VIII], becoming [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High_Sheriff high sheriff] of Northamptonshire in 1529 and 1530, and died in 1541.
 
Richard Cecil was a resident of Burleigh in the parish of [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stamford_Baron_St_Martin Stamford Baron St Martin], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Northamptonshire Northamptonshire].  His father David, rose in favor under King [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_VIII_of_England Henry VIII], becoming [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High_Sheriff high sheriff] of Northamptonshire in 1529 and 1530, and died in 1541.
  
Richard too was a [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/courtier courtier].  I have found no document yet which gives me an age, birthyear or birthdate for Richard Cecil, however in 1517 he was a royal page; in 1520 he was present at the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Field_of_the_Cloth_of_Gold Field of the Cloth of Gold]; he rose to be groom of the robes and [Constable_of_Warwick_Castle constable] of [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Warwick_Castle Warwick Castle].  He was high sheriff of [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rutland Rutland] in 1539, and was one of those who received no inconsiderable share of the plunder of the monasteries.  He married Jane Heckington, daughter and heiress of William Heckington of Bourne, Lincolnshire.  He had only one son, [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Cecil,_Lord_Burghley William Cecil, Lord Burghley] (1520-1598), but three daughters.
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Richard too was a [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/courtier courtier].  I have found no document yet which gives me an age, birthyear or birthdate for Richard Cecil, however in 1517 he was a royal page; in 1520 he was present at the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Field_of_the_Cloth_of_Gold Field of the Cloth of Gold]; he rose to be groom of the robes and [[Constable_of_Warwick_Castle|constable]] of [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Warwick_Castle Warwick Castle].  He was high sheriff of [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rutland Rutland] in 1539, and was one of those who received no inconsiderable share of the plunder of the monasteries.  He married Jane Heckington, daughter and heiress of William Heckington of Bourne, Lincolnshire.  He had only one son, [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Cecil,_Lord_Burghley William Cecil, Lord Burghley] (1520-1598), but three daughters.
  
 
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.
 
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.

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