CECIL DAVID, (c.1460-?1540), of Stamford, Lincs.
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Family and Education
b. c.1460, 3rd s. of Richard Cecil ap Philip Seisyllt of Alt-yr-Ynys, Herefs. by Maud, da. of Philip Vaughan of Tillington, Herefs. m. (1) Alice, da. of John Dicons of Stamford, Lincs., 2s. inc. Richard; (2) Jane, da. of Thomas Roos of Dowsby, Lincs., wid. of Edward Villers of Flore, Northants., 1da.6
Commr. grain, Rutland 1496, tenths of spiritualities 1535, to survey monasteries 1536; member of the second Twelve, Stamford by 1500, of the first Twelve by 1503-d., alderman 1504-5, 1515-16, 1526-7; yeoman of the chamber by 1506-d.; jt. (with Sir David Philip) keeper Kings Cliffe park, Northants. 1506; bailiff, Whittlesea Mere Northants. 1506, manors of Skellingthorpe, Lincs., Essendine, Preston and Uppingham, Northants. 1509; serjeant-at-arms 17 Nov. 1513-d.; steward, manor of Collyweston, Northants. 1523, Nassington, Upton, and Yarwell, Northants. by 1534; escheator, Northants. and Rutland 1514-15, Lincs. 1529-30; j.p. Rutland 1532-d.; sheriff, Northants. June 1532-Nov. 1533.7
Their family’s humble origin was to be often used to denigrate William and Robert Cecil. Its fortunes were founded by David Cecil’s service with Sir David Philip, who may have been his uncle. After perhaps fighting alongside him at Bosworth, Cecil settled near Philip at Stamford and married a kinswoman of his wife; Philip stood godfather to Cecil’s second son, was associated with him in grants of office and appointed him an executor. What Philip’s standing with Henry VII and the King’s mother, Margaret Beaufort, did for his progress at court Cecil’s marriage to the daughter of an alderman of Stamford did for his local advancement; it was during John Dicons’s third term in the office that he was made a freeman of the borough and ten years later he became alderman himself. He had by then already sat for Stamford in Henry VII’s last Parliament and he was to be re-elected to the first four summoned by Henry VIII. The fact that he was not re-elected in 1529 probably reflects his advancing years.