CECIL, Sir Edward (1572-1638), of Wimbledon House, Surr.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1558-1603, ed. P.W. Hasler, 1981
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Family and Education

b. 29 Feb. 1572, 3rd s. of Thomas Cecil, afterwards 1st Earl of Exeter, by his 1st w. Dorothy, da. and coh. of John Nevill, 4th Lord Latimer; bro. Richard and William. educ. G. Inn 1591; travelled abroad 1594. m. (1) 10 July 1601, Theodosia (d.1616), da. of Andrew Noel, sis. of Edward Noel, 2nd Visct. Campden, 4da.; (2) 27 Feb. 1617, Diana (d.1631), 3rd da. of Sir William Drury of Hawstead, Suff., 1da. (d. inf.); (3) Sept. or Oct. 1635, Sophia (d.1691), da. of Sir Edward Zouche of Woking, Surr., 1s. (d.inf.). Kntd. 1601; cr. Visct. Wimbledon 1625.

Offices Held

Capt. of ft. in Netherlands 1599, horse 1600; col. 1605-31; keeper, Mortlake park 1603; gent. of privy chamber by Mar. 1604; councillor, Virginia Co. 1609; treasurer to Princess Elizabeth and the Elector Palatine 1613; jt. ld. lt. Mdx. 1620-2; member, council of war for the Palatinate and commander of English troops in Holland 1621; lt.-gen. and lord marshal of sea and land forces at Cadiz 1625; dep. lt. Surr. 1623, jt. ld. lt. 1626-38; PC 1628; keeper and captain of Rochester castle 1630-d.


Probably Cecil’s first journey to the Continent was in September 1594, when he received a licence to travel with his elder brother Richard: his earliest surviving letter to his uncle