Lord Edward Cecil

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The Lord Edward Cecil
Lord Edward Cecil Vanity Fair 1899-11-09.jpg
"at Mafeking"
Cecil as caricatured by Spy (Leslie Ward) in Vanity Fair, November 1899
Birth name Edward Herbert Gascoyne-Cecil
Born (1867-07-12)12 July 1867
Died 13 December 1918(1918-12-13) (aged 51)
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch British Army
Unit Grenadier Guards
Battles/wars Second Boer War

Lord Edward Herbert (Gascoyne-)Cecil KCMG DSO (12 July 1867 – 13 December 1918) was a British soldier and colonial administrator in Egypt.


His father was Robert Gascoyne-Cecil, 3rd Marquess of Salisbury, the Prime Minister.

Gascoyne-Cecil became a Second Lieutenant in the Grenadier Guards in 1887. He served for four years in the regiment before being promoted first lieutenant and appointed to the staff of Field Marshal Garnet Wolseley. He was aide de camp to Lord Kitchener in the Egyptian campaign of 1896, the battle of Omdurman and during the Second Boer War. His book The Leisure of an Egyptian Official, published posthumously in 1921, gives a detailed account of his role and interactions with the Egyptian politicians in nominal control of the country.

He married Violet Georgina Maxse.

External links[edit]

  • The Leisure of an Egyptian Official. Reprinted, with a new Introduction by Julian Hardinge (Hardinge Simpole, 2008).[1]