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Cecil, William, first Baron Burghley (1520/21–1598), royal minister, son of Richard Cecil (d. 1553) and Jane, daughter of William Heckington of Bourne, Lincolnshire, and grandson of David Cecil, was born on 18 September 1520 or 1521. David Cecil, a member of a minor gentry family on the Welsh border, joined ...

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William Cecil, first Baron Burghley (1520/2121–1598) by unknown artist © Bodleian Library, University of Oxford

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Simon Adams, Alan Bryson and Mitchell Leimon

Walsingham, Sir Francis (c. 1532–1590), principal secretary, was born either in London or at Foots Cray, Kent, the only son of William Walsingham (b. after 1480, d. 1534), lawyer and landowner, of Scadbury in Chislehurst, Kent, and his wife, Joyce (1506/7–1560), daughter of ...

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Sir Francis Walsingham (c. 1532–1590) attrib. John de Critz the elder, c. 1585 © National Portrait Gallery, London