Michael Cecil, 8th Marquess of Exeter

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William Michael Anthony Cecil, 8th Marquess of Exeter (born 1 September 1935), is a Canadian peer. He is the son of William Cecil, 7th Marquess of Exeter and a descendant of William Cecil, 1st Baron Burghley. Via marriage, he is a descendant of Francis Bacon, noted scientist, orator and author.


He was educated at Eton College.[1] He and Nancy Rose Meeker were married in 1967; they were divorced in 1993. They have two children:

  • Anthony John Cecil, Lord Burghley (b. 9 August 1970)
  • Lady Angela Kathleen Cecil (19 May 1975 –


Cecil was active in the Emissaries of Divine Light and succeeded to its international leadership after his father's death in 1988. He left the organization in 1996.[2] He now co-directs the Ashland Institute in Ashland, Oregon.

He made his maiden speech in the House of Lords on 16 May 1990.[3]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ ‘EXETER’, Who's Who 2017, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 2017
  2. ^ Todd, Douglas (29 September 2003). "Leader left Divine Light behind him". Vancouver Sun. Retrieved 15 May 2012. 
  3. ^ Hansard 16 May 1990

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Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
William Cecil
Marquess of Exeter
1988 – present
Succeeded by
Current Incumbent