St Martin’s Church, Stamford, one five remaining churches of the original fourteen. It being south of the River Welland, closest to the Burghley estate, contains a number of monuments to the Cecil family, most notably William Cecil, 1st Baron Burghley, chief advisor to Elizabeth I during most of her reign.
A magnificent monument, exceptionally carved.
Knight of the Garter robes and badge on the left shoulder.
Garter below the left knee.
Detail of the lion on which the Baron’s feet rest.
Detail showing the white (curiously black now probably as a result of having lost its paint) Staff of Office denoting William Cecil’s role as Lord High Treasurer. The well known picture of William Cecil in the National Portrait Gallery (one of forty-five) shows him with his Staff of Office.
Detail of the finely carved sabatons.
Detail of the armour in particular the couter that protects the elbow joint and its hinge by which it is fixed.
Note also the ermine lining of the Knight of the Garter cloak.
Monument to Richard Cecil and his wife Jane Heckington
William Cecil’s parents as well to three daughters who form the weepers to the monument. Richard Cecil was a prominent courtier to Henry VIII; his wealth increased as a result of the dissolution of the monasteries.
Buried in St Margaret’s Church, Westminster.
Monument to Brownlow Cecil, 2nd Marquis Exeter
Brownlow Cecil the son of Henry Cecil, 1st Marquess Exeter, whose sixteen year tenure as MP for Stamford, a family controlled seat, commenced aged 20. He, apparently, made little contribution to the House of Commons, although it resulted, inexplicably, in a Marquessate from George III.
His first wife, Emma Vernon, eloped with her lover, the new curate at Hanbury. Heavily in debt he then lived anonymously in Wales as a farmer marrying, aged 36, bigamously, a local farmers daughter Alice Hoggins, 16.
Inheriting aged 39 he and his family moved to Burghley House.
Brownlow, the second son inherited at his father’s death in 1804 aged eight.
Brownlow’s career somewhat busier than his father’s being Lord Chamberlain, Lord Steward, Lord Lieutenant of Rutland and Northamptonshire and Groom of the Stole somewhat emulating the career of his ancestor William Cecil, 1st Baron Burghley including being appointed Knight of the Garter.
Monument to John Cecil, 5th Earl Exeter
John Cecil, great great grandson of William Cecil, 1st Baron Burghley.
A magnificent monument, if somewhat overdone, somewhat incongruous in its surroundings, in the classical style probably as a result of his European travels . A lesson, perhaps, not to follow fashion.
Son of John Cecil, 4th Earl of Exeter, a 5 x Great Grandson of Henry VII through his mother Elizabeth Edgerton, and Frances Manners, a 8 x Great Granddaughter of Edward III.
He married Anne, daughter of William Cavendish, 3rd Earl of Devonshire.