Brownlow Cecil, 9th Earl of Exeter

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Brownlow Cecil, 9th Earl of Exeter (21 September 1725 – 26 December 1793), known as Lord Burghley from 1725 to 1754, was a British peer and Member of Parliament.


Exeter was the eldest son of Brownlow Cecil, 8th Earl of Exeter, and Hannah Sophia Chambers. He was educated at Winchester and St John's College, Cambridge.[1] He was elected to the House of Commons for Rutland in 1747, a seat he held until 1754, when he succeeded his father in the earldom and entered the House of Lords. He also served as Lord Lieutenant of Rutland.

Between 1755–1779, the 9th Earl employed Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown to landscape the Burghley House Deer Park. [2]

Lord Exeter died in December 1793, aged 68. He was childless and was succeeded in his titles by his nephew Henry, who was created Marquess of Exeter in 1801.


  1. ^ "Cecil, Brownlow, Lord Burghley (CCL744B)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
  2. ^ "The Deer Park". Burghley. Archived from the original on 3 June 2019. Retrieved 3 June 2019.
Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
James Noel
John Finch
Member of Parliament for Rutland
With: James Noel 1747–1752
Thomas Noel 1753–1754
Succeeded by
Thomas Noel
George Bridges Brudenell
Honorary titles
Preceded by
The Earl of Harborough
Lord Lieutenant of Rutland
Succeeded by
The Earl of Winchilsea
Peerage of England
Preceded by
Brownlow Cecil
Earl of Exeter
Succeeded by
Henry Cecil