Here are a few facts about Burghley:
- Burghley’s father was Richard Cecil, former Groom of the Robes, Constable of Warwick Castle and High Sheriff of Rutland.
- He was educated at St John's College, Cambridge, where he met men like John Cheke and Roger Ascham, and his first wife, Mary Cheke.
- He started his career by serving Edward Seymour, the Duke of Somerset and Lord Protector.
- He served Edward VI as Secretary of State.
- He served Elizabeth I as Secretary of State and her chief advisor. She called him her “spirit”.
- He was a Lincolnshire man and was buried at St Martin's Church, Stamford.
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Image: A portrait of William Cecil, Baron Burghley, attributed to Marcus Gheeraerts the Younger, National Portrait Gallery.