Brownlow Cecil, 4th Marquess of Exeter

Brownlow Henry George Cecil, 4th Marquess of Exeter PC DL (20 December 1849 – 9 April 1898), styled Lord Burghley between 1867 and 1895, was a British peer and Conservative politician. He served as Vice-Chamberlain of the Household between 1891 and 1892.

The Marquess of Exeter

Brownlow Henry George Cecil, Vanity Fair, 1887-04-16.jpg
"North Northamptonshire". Caricature by Ape published in Vanity Fair in 1887.
Vice-Chamberlain of the Household
In office
24 November 1891 – 11 August 1892
MonarchQueen Victoria
Prime MinisterThe Marquess of Salisbury
Preceded byViscount Lewisham
Succeeded byHon Charles Spencer
Personal details
Born20 December 1849 (1849-12-20)
Died9 April 1898 (1898-04-10) (aged 48)
Political partyConservative
Isabella Whichcote (m. 1875)
ChildrenWilliam Cecil, 5th Marquess of Exeter


Exeter was the eldest son of William Cecil, 3rd Marquess of Exeter, and Lady Georgiana Sophia, daughter of Thomas Pakenham, 2nd Earl of Longford. Lord William Cecil and Lord John Joicey-Cecil were his younger brothers.[1]

Political careerEdit

Exeter was elected to the House of Commons for Northamptonshire North in 1877, a seat he held until 1895,[1][2][3] and served under his kinsman Lord Salisbury as Vice-Chamberlain of the Household from 1891 to 1892.[1][3][4][5] In 1891 he was admitted to the Privy Council.[6] He succeeded his father in the marquessate in 1895 and took his seat in the House of Lords.[1]

Apart from his political career Lord Exeter was a Captain in the Grenadier Guards and Colonel in the 3rd and 4th Battalions of the Northamptonshire Regiment. He also served as a Deputy Lieutenant of Lincolnshire.[1]


Lord Exeter married Isabella, daughter of Sir Thomas Whichcote, 7th Baronet, in 1875. He died in April 1898, aged only 48, and was succeeded in his titles by his son and only child, William.[7] The Marchioness of Exeter died in July 1917.


  1. ^ a b c d e Lundy, Darryl. "p. 8203 § 82027 Brownlow Henry George Cecil, 4th Marquess of Exeter". The Peerage.[unreliable source]
  2. ^ " House of Commons: Northampton North to Nuneaton". Archived from the original on 7 April 2017. Retrieved 27 November 2009.
  3. ^ a b Kidd, Charles, Williamson, David (editors). Debrett's Peerage and Baronetage (1990 edition). New York: St Martin's Press, 1990,[page needed]
  4. ^ "No. 26226". The London Gazette. 24 November 1891. p. 6230.
  5. ^ "No. 26321". The London Gazette. 30 August 1892. p. 4958.
  6. ^ "No. 26233". The London Gazette. 15 December 1891. p. 6911.
  7. ^ Mosley, Charles, editor. Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knightage, 107th edition, 3 volumes. Wilmington, Delaware, U.S.A.: Burke's Peerage (Genealogical Books) Ltd, 2003. Page 1364.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
George Ward Hunt
Sackville Stopford-Sackville
Member of Parliament for Northamptonshire North
With: Sackville Stopford-Sackville 1877–1880
Hon. Charles Spencer 1880–1885
(Representation reduced to one member 1885)
Succeeded by
Edward Philip Monckton
Political offices
Preceded by
Viscount Lewisham
Vice-Chamberlain of the Household
Succeeded by
Hon. Charles Spencer
Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
William Alleyne Cecil
Marquess of Exeter
Succeeded by
William Thomas Brownlow Cecil