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Thomas Cecil, Knight

Also Known As: "Thomas Cissell"
Birthplace: Burghley, Stamford, Northamptonshire, England
Death: Died in Burghley, Stamford, Lincolnshire, England
Place of Burial: St Martins, Burghley, Lincolnshire, England
Immediate Family:

Son of Thomas Cecil, 1st Earl of Exeter; Thomas 1st Earl of Exiter Cecil; Dorothy Cecil and Dorothy Neville
Husband of Susan Oxenbridge; Anne Lee and Susan Oxenbridge
Father of William Cecil; Dorothy Cecil; Anne Cecil; Frances Cecil; Elizabeth Cecil and 8 others
Brother of William Cecil, 2nd Earl of Exeter, PC, KG; Lady Lucy Cecil; Cathrine Cecil; Sir Richard Cecil; Edward Cecil, 1st Viscount of Wimbledon and 7 others
Half brother of Georgi-Anna Cecil

Occupation: Engraver - made the 1st map of Maryland.  Painted portraits of Queen Elizabeth I & King Henry VIII
Managed by: P.J.
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About Sir Thomas Cecil

Sir Thomas Cecil married Anne Lee & they had 8 daughters. He married Susan Oxenbridge & they had 1 son, John Cecil. Sir Thomas painted portraits of Queen Elizabeth I & King Henry VIII. He was an engraver also. He came to America in 1635 & made the first map of Maryland. He was given a land grant for his effort by the English Crown. This was in Maryland.


From Hardin Clay Roots

"Alias: Sir Knight Thomas /Cecil/ There is yet to be proof that this Thomas Cecil was the engraver who came to Maryland, nor that the Thomas Cecil who married Susan Oxenbridge fathered these children, it is still speculative. Burke's Peerage does not give this 2nd marriage to Susan Oxenbridge,, but the Oxenbridge family is very clear that the marri age, which is documented in London marriage records, was to Sir Thomas Cecil".

Notes from fourth cousin- Carol Sidders "And for Thomas William Cecil's parents I have John Baptiste Cecil & Mary Calvert. Now we are talking about the mid 1600's for John & Mary. I found a note saying that maybe John Baptiste Cecil was born in England 1634. His parents were Thomas Cecil & Susan Oxenbridge. Now I don't know if this is Thomas the engraver. There was a Thomas Cecil that came over and drew a land map for the state of Maryland. He went back to England but sent a son over to claim some land for drawing up the map. But can't find his name on any boat or ship. Well I have his parents as Thomas Cecil & Dorothy Nevill."

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Sir Thomas Cecil's Timeline

December 30, 1578
Burghley, Stamford, Northamptonshire, England
December 30, 1578
Burghley, Stamford, Northamptonshire, England

In an effort to add documentation to Cecil family profiles, following historical data was copied from I can not verify the accuracy but felt it could help fellow researchers/curators working on these profiles. [Roxie C.]

This Thomas Cecil, born 1578, was the 9th of 10 children born of Thomas Cecil, 1st Earl of Exeter (the son of Lord Burghley, William Cecil, the Lord Secretary to Queen Elizabeth) and Thomas Cecil's wife, Dorothy Neville; by his mother, this Thomas Cecil has blood connections to all the "blue blood aristocrats" since most ancient England (her pedigree ties can be found and traced at Thomas Cecil's siblings were, according to the order provided by and with all available dates listed:

Lady Lucy Cecil died Oct 1614 (named after her aunt)

Lady Mildred Cecil (named after her father's step-mother, Lady Mildred Cooke Cecil)

Lady Elizabeth Cecil (named after Queen Elizabeth, her grandfather's employer)

Lady Dorothy Cecil (named after her mother)

Lady Mary Cecil (the Earl's mother, deceseased when he wasn't even a year old).

Wiliam Cecil, 2nd Earl of Exeter, born Jan 1565, died July 6, 1640 (named after the Earl's father, the 1st Baron Lord Burghley, Secretary to Queen Elizabeth).

Sir Richard Cecil born 1570 (named after the Earl's "more successful" half brother, Richard Cecil the Secretary to James I).

Edward Cecil, 1st Viscount Wimbeldon, born Feb 27, 1571, died Nov 16, 1638. I believe he was named after one of the older Cecil men, but am not sure. He was created 1st Viscount Wimbeldon and has a lengthy entry in Dictionary of National Biography. He had 3 wives and appears to have died without male issue.

Thomas Cecil the 9th of 10 children and the 4th of 4 sons; talk about the bottom of the food chain!

Lady Frances Cecil born Feb 28, 1580, died June 12, 1653.

Our Thomas Cecil, was one of those unfortunate sons who, although belonging to a fabulously wealthy family, stood little or no chance of inheriting anything. Given this situation, he appears to have married remarkably well: Anne Maria Lee was of the old Lee family of Coton Hall of Alvely; her father, Sir Robert Lee, was Lord Mayor of London from November 1602-November 1603, one of the busiest years in London in years: Queen Elizabeth died, a new Scottish King took the English throne, Shakespeare was performing Hamlet and Othello, and there was a raging plague that killed some 33, 000 of the 75, 000 people of London (please see my entry for him on his profile for greater details and pictures). Thomas Cecil married the daughter of a very capable man. It is highly likely that they met at Thomas uncle Robert's housewarming party in December 1602 where the Queen was in attendance, but this is speculation; even if that is correct, it would be another 3 years before they were wed.

June 5, 1605
Age 26
Burghley House, Lincolnshire, England
Age 27
Burghley, Stamford, Lincolnshire, England
Age 29
Burghley, Stamford, Lincolnshire, England
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Burghley, Stamford, Lincolnshire, England
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Burghley, Stamford, Lincolnshire, England
Age 35
Burghley, Stamford, Lincolnshire, England
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Burghley, Stamford, Lincolnshire, England
Age 54
Burghley, Stamford, Lincolnshire, England