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6th Earl of Exeter

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6th Earl of Exeter

John Cecil, 6th Earl of Exeter (15 May 1674 – 24 December 1721), known as Lord Burghley from 1678 to 1700, was a British peer and Member of Parliament.


Exeter was the son of John Cecil, 5th Earl of Exeter, and Anne Cavendish. He sat as Member of Parliament for Rutland from 1695 to 1700, when he succeeded his father in the earldom and entered the House of Lords. Between 1712 and 1715 he also served as Lord Lieutenant of Rutland.

Lord Exeter married, firstly, Annabella Grey, daughter of Ford Grey, 1st Earl of Tankerville, in 1697. After her death in 1698 he married, secondly, Elizabeth Brownlow, daughter of Sir John Brownlow, 3rd Baronet, in 1699. He died in December 1721, aged 47, and was succeeded in his titles by his eldest son from his second marriage, John. Lady Exeter died in 1723.

Preceded by
Bennet Sherard
Sir Thomas Mackworth
Member of Parliament for Rutland
with Bennet Sherard 1695–1698
Richard Halford 1698–1700

Succeeded by
Richard Halford
Sir Thomas Mackworth
Honorary titles
Preceded by
The Lord Sherard
Lord Lieutenant of Rutland
Succeeded by
The Earl of Harborough
Peerage of England
Preceded by
John Cecil
Earl of Exeter
Succeeded by
John Cecil


  • Kidd, Charles, Williamson, David (editors). Debrett's Peerage and Baronetage (1990 edition). New York: St Martin's Press, 1990.
  • Leigh Rayment's Peerage Pages

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