William Cecil, 5th Marquess of Exeter

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William Thomas Brownlow Cecil, 5th Marquess of Exeter, KG, CMG, TD (27 October 1876 – 1956), known as Lord Burghley from 1895 to 1898, was a British peer.

Exeter was the son of Brownlow Cecil, 4th Marquess of Exeter. He was educated at Eton and Magdalene College, Cambridge.[1] In 1899 he acted temporarily as aide-de-camp to Major-General John Edward Boyes, with the 7th Brigade at Aldershot.[2]


Lord Exeter married Hon. Myra Orde-Powlett, daughter of William Orde-Powlett, 4th Baron Bolton, on 16 April 1901.
They had four children:

  1. Lady Letitia Sibell Winifred Brownlow-Cecil (b. 20 November 1903- d. 21 July 1992 Dalton Holme, Yorkshire, ENG), married Henry Hotham, 7th Baron Hotham and had issue.
  2. David George Brownlow Cecil, 6th Marquess of Exeter (1905–1981)
  3. William Martin Alleyne Brownlowe Cecil, 7th Marquess of Exeter (1909–1988)
  4. Lady Romayne Elizabeth Algitha Brownlow-Cecil (22 March 1915– d. 27 June 2001 Stamford, Lincolnshire, ENG), married Major Hon. Peter Brassey, son of Henry Brassey, 1st Baron Brassey and had issue.


  1. ^ "Cecil, William Thomas Brownlow, Lord Burghley (CCL896WT)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge. 
  2. ^ "The War - appointments". The Times (36066). London. 15 February 1900. p. 4. 

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Honorary titles
Preceded by
The Earl Spencer
Lord Lieutenant of Northamptonshire
Succeeded by
The Earl Spencer
Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Brownlow Cecil
Marquess of Exeter
Succeeded by
David Cecil