William Cecil, first Baron Burghley

Date 1520/21-1598
Biographical NotesChief advisor to Elizabeth I and one of the most prominent men in sixteenth-century England. Twice Secretary of State and Lord High Treasurer. In 1561 he became master of the court of wards and supervised the raising and education of the sons of wealthy aristocrats. In 1571 he was elevated to the peerage as Baron Burghley. He had a keen interest in history, education, cartography, geography, astronomy and gardening. See ODNB.
Work(s)Author of Letter to Edward Manners, Earl of Rutland (1570/71)