James Cecil, 5th Earl of Salisbury

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James Cecil, 5th Earl of Salisbury (8 June 1691 – 9 October 1728), known as Viscount Cranborne from 1691 to 1694, was a British peer.

James, 5th Earl of Salisbury. Mezzotint by and published by John Smith, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt, 1696 (1695).

Salisbury was the son of James Cecil, 4th Earl of Salisbury, and Frances Bennett, and succeeded his father in the earldom in 1694. From 1712 to 1714 he served as Lord Lieutenant of Hertfordshire.

Lord Salisbury married Lady Anne Tufton, daughter of Thomas Tufton, 6th Earl of Thanet, on 12 February 1709. They had four children:

Lord Salisbury died in October 1728, aged 37, and was succeeded in his titles by his son James.

Lady Salisbury died in 1756. The Countess Anne school in Hatfield, founded in 1735, is named after her.[1]

Styles of address[edit]

  • 1691-1694: Viscount Cranborne
  • 1694-1728: The Rt Hon The Earl of Salisbury


  1. ^ "Countess Anne CofE Primary School". Countessanne.vnworks.net. Retrieved 2012-09-06. 


Political offices
Preceded by
The Earl Cowper
Lord Lieutenant of Hertfordshire
Succeeded by
The Earl Cowper
Peerage of England
Preceded by
James Cecil
Earl of Salisbury
Succeeded by
James Cecil