The Family Now
By The Marquess of Exeter
William Cecil, the first Lord Burghley, had a strong sense of family and I am proud to carry his legacy forward into the 21st Century. Burghley House, the Cecil family’s
home for over sixteen generations, continues to be the centrepiece for this sense of shared legacy.
To navigate changing needs in the present era, the Burghley House Preservation Trust now cares for the well-being of the House, gardens, park and estate. The board of Governors has my admiration for its wise handling of this substantial Charity.
My cousin, Miranda Rock, acts as House Director for the Charity and she handles this challenging job with skill and great dignity. Living in Burghley House with her husband, Orlando and their four beautiful children, she also represents the larger Cecil family by adding warmth to
our ancestral home.
I was born in Western Canada and went to school in England. During that time I lived at Burghley with my grandparents, the Fifth Marquess and Marchioness. For much of my adult life I was based in Western Canada,
but now live in Ashland, Oregon with my wife, Barbara.
Ashland is the US centre for Shakespearian theatre, an interesting connection back to the first Lord Burghley’s time.
My son, Anthony, Lord Burghley, his wife Holly and daughter Siena live in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Amongst other things he cares for properties originally bought by my grandfather in British Columbia over 100 years ago.
We are all delighted to return to Burghley on a regular basis, and to keep closely in touch with everything that goes on here. May you enjoy the wonder of Burghley as much as we do!
8th Marquess of Exeter, 17th Earl of Exeter and 18th Baron Burghley.