Michael Cecil, 8th Marquess of Exeter

William Michael Anthony Cecil, 8th Marquess of Exeter (born 1 September 1935), known from 1981 to 1988 as Lord Burghley, is a British peer. He is the son of the 7th Marquess of Exeter.

Life and familyEdit

He was educated at Eton College.[1] He and Nancy Rose Meeker were married in 1967; they were divorced in 1993. They have two children: Anthony John Cecil, Lord Burghley (b. 9 August 1970), and Lady Angela Kathleen Cecil (b. 19 May 1975).

Lord Exeter was active in the Emissaries of Divine Light and succeeded to its international leadership after his father's death in 1988. He left the organisation in 1996.[2]

He now co-directs the Ashland Institute in Ashland, Oregon. He made his maiden speech in the House of Lords on 16 May 1990.[3]


  1. ^ ‘EXETER’, Who's Who 2017, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 2017.
  2. ^ Todd, Douglas (29 September 2003). "Leader left Divine Light behind him". Vancouver Sun. Retrieved 15 May 2012.
  3. ^ Hansard 16 May 1990

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Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Martin Cecil
Marquess of Exeter
Heir apparent:
Anthony Cecil, Lord Burghley
Orders of precedence in the United Kingdom
Preceded by
The Marquess of Ely
Peers of the Realm Succeeded by
The Marquess of Northampton